In a 6-5 loss Thursday night, the Taney Dragons dramatic chase of the Little League World Series championship has come to a close.
It was a hard-fought game. Despite the best efforts of star pitcher 13-year-old Mo'Ne Davis and the rest of the team, the Dragon came lost by one run, 6-5.
The Jackie Robinson West Little League team out of Chicago scored six runs in the first two innings of the game.
Suddenly, the Dragons were in rally mode, scoring five runs in the next four innings.
The Dragons had a runner on third base, ready to score the run that would have tied the game, when a strikeout at the batter's mound.
Now the Chicago team will play the Las Vegas Mountain Ridge team Saturday in a bid for the national title. Chicago previously lost to Vegas 13-2. Vegas beat Philadelphia 8-1 earlier this week.
The winning team Saturday will face off against the international Little League title-holder.
Now Philadelphia's most famed Little Leaguers can get away from the media microscope and back to normal life, preparing to crack the books in September for the new school year.