Two metro teams duke it out to be little league champs

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LIBERTY, Mo. -- Some of the top little league teams from across the country competed in Liberty, Mo., on Sunday for the final day of the Class A championships. And two local teams are duking it out for the top spot.

It's the Red Bulls of Kansas City, Mo., versus the Shawsox of Shawnee, Kan. And these teams know each other well. The Red Bulls beat out the Shawsox in the state tournament.

"This team is in our league, so we play them all season long," said Emily Freeman, a Shawsox mom. "We've actually never beat them, so it's a gigantic deal."

Sunday's competition is for all the marbles. The winners will be crowned the Class A Little League World Series champions.

"It's insane. It's like there's no bigger thing in an 11-year-old boy's life than this," said Freeman.

But, there's a slight catch -- no puns intended. Since the Shawsox already lost a game in this tournament, they need to beat the Red Bulls twice in-a-row to win. That's not an easy feat, especially since the Red Bulls are undefeated.

But, a series of runs and a lot of good infielding put the Shawsox on top in the first game.

"Just to kill them like that, it's pretty amazing for a team like us and a team like them," said Shawsox player Isaac Freeman.

Now comes the tough part, winning a second game that starts 5 minutes after the first. Both teams come out ready to compete, encouraged by their teammates, coaches and parents.

"Win or lose, they are number one in my heart," said Red Bulls mom, Emily Freeman.

The Red Bulls won the second game 13 to 5, making them this year's champions.

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