Turang scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. He singled, stole second and advanced to third on another Korean error, before third baseman Nolan Gorman drove him in with a single.

“No doubt that was our most complete game,” Stankiewicz said. “We pitched well from the very beginning and we knew this pitching staff was going to be nails, and they were. It was fun to watch our offense progressively get better and better, day-by-day, and then put together the performance we saw today in the gold-medal game against a good team. Korea is, obviously, a good team or they wouldn’t have been in the final. I enjoyed watching our offense stay the course, get better, and save the best performance for last.”

With the victory, Team USA now has nine world titles, second only to the Cuban National Team, and the 2017 club’s perfect 9-0 record makes it one of just two 18U American teams to go undefeated in World Cup action. The 1989 team went 7-0 en route to the third 18U Team USA World Cup.

“It would be hard to find a team better than this one, at least statistically,” Blood said. “Especially on the mound with what these pitchers did. They pounded the strike zone, they barely gave up any hits, and when they did they were singles. They took it personally that they were not going to give in at all. In doing so, it gave our team and our offense some breathing room and a chance to get comfortable knowing that our pitchers were going to keep us in the game. We didn’t have to press offensively.

“It was a lot of fun to watch this group. To go undefeated through training and the tournament is something that is really hard to do.”

Extending out to COPABE Pan American Championship tournaments, the 18U American team has won seven international titles in seven consecutive years, as Team USA won the 2011, 2014 and 2016 COPABE events in Columbia (2011) and Mexico (2014 and 2016).

Korea took silver with Japan taking bronze. Canada was the de facto No. 4 finisher in the tournament.