Japan Takes LLWS Title 12-2
Japan won the Little League World Series over Southwest with a barrage of 14 hits, ending the game an inning early with a decisive 12-2 win.
Throughout the Series, Japan outscored its opponents 27-1 with a deadly combination of domineering pitching and masterful hitting, and this game was no different.
On the mound, Tsubasa Tomii threw for all five innings, striking out nine.
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Daisuke Hashimoto (1-2), Keitaro Miyahara (3-4) and Natsuki Yajima (2-4, 3 RBI) all belted home runs, with Miyahara adding a triple and double, totaling five RBIs. Seiya Arai (2-4) also doubled, along with singles by Ryusei Fujiwara (3-4, 1 RBI), Tomii (1-2) and Rei Ichisawa (2-2, 1 RBI).
Southwest jumped out to a 2-0 lead, with home runs by Chandler Spencer (1-3) and Hunter Ditsworth (1-2), but Japan’s Tomii held them to one more hit, a single by Clayton Wigley (1-1), for the rest of the game.
Japan took the lead for good in the third inning, when Miyahara tripled on a hard ground ball, scoring Kazuki Watanabe and Ichisawa, and then Miyahara scored on a single by Fujiwara.
In the bottom fourth, Hashimoto homered and Yajima hammered another over the fence, scoring Fujiwara.
Japan then put away the game in the fifth 12-2 after Miyahara doubled home Ichisawa and Yajima singled home Arai, after he doubled.
Mexico outlasts Southwest 14-8
Mexico scored early and often, defeating Southeast 14-8 in the Consolation Game at the Little League World Series. Both teams scored big in innings two through four, and while Southeast made a valiant effort, it wasn’t quite enough. The teams have played several exciting games throughout the Series, and this one was no exception―each team had 10 hits, resulting in both teams utilizing six pitchers.
The game started out with a quiet first inning for both sides, then Mexico’s Andre Garza, Cesar Monjaraz (2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI) and Samuel Juarez (1 RBI) scored on wild pitches and passed balls, and Isaac Miranda (1-2) hit an exciting RBI triple, scoreing on a subsequent passed ball.
A solo home run by Southwest’s Ashton Byars (2-4) made it 5-1. Over the next two innings, Mexico and Southwest scored nine and seven runs, respectively.
In the third, Mexico Monjaraz hit an RBI single, scoring Jorge Lambarria, then Southwest’s Thomas Barrett (1-2) scored Matthew Matthijs (1-1) on a single. The next inning, doubles by Mexico’s Rosendo Cantu (1-2, 2 RBI) and Francisco Elizondo (2-3, 1 RBI), sacrifice flies by Jorge Garcia (1-3) and Lambarria, and singles by Elizondo, Monjaraz, Erick Vazquez (1-1), Diego Diaz (1-1, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Garcia (1-2) made it 14-2.
It was a long, tough road to mount a comeback, but Southwest managed chip away at Mexico’s 12-run lead. Bryce Jackson (1-1) hit a two-run single, scoring Cash Daniels-Moye (1-2) and Byars, followed by another two-run single by Luke Lambert (1-3), scoring JoeJoe Byrne (1-2) and Jackson. Carson Hardee’s two-run homer made it 14-8, but Mexico’s Monjaraz then took to the mound, hurling 2.1 shutout innings and striking out three with no hits to ice the win.
ISouthwest’s Daniels-Moye and Drew Fields each threw a shutout inning (fifth and sixth).
Keitaro Miyahara, Japan: 3-4, with double, triple and HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
Tsubasa Tomii, Japan: 5 IP, 9 K, 2 R
Cesar Monjaraz, Mexico: hit 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI; winning pitcher with 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K
Rosendo Cantu, Mexico: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, game-winning RBI
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