For the sixth time in the past eight years, the little league team from Japan has won the International LLWS title. The kids from Tokyo were able to beat the team from Tijuana, Mexico by a score of 3-2. Japan took the early lead, but Mexico got two runs in the third inning to tie the game back up. However, the score didn’t change again until the sixth inning.
The starting pitcher for Mexico, Luis Manzo, reached his pitch limit during the fifth inning, and was pulled from the mound. In comes Jose Romero, who gave up the game winning home run to Japan’s Takuma Gomi in the top of the sixth. It was a disappointing loss for the team from Mexico, but the win had asserted Japan’s Little League World Series dominance. The series lead between he two teams now is in favor of Japan with ten wins in fifteen games. Japan and Mexico have been powerhouses in little league baseball for the past decade, and it’s shown, as I mentioned earlier it’s the sixth time Japan has reached the International finals in the past eight years.
Japan will now face the winner of the Chula Vista, CA/Westport, CT game on Sunday for the Little League World Series Championship.