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Japan Wins Little League World Series for the Second Year in a Row

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Japan won the Little League World Series for the second year in a row. They beat California 6-4 to win the title. It was Japan’s defense that won the game as California stranded 13 runners. The play of the game for Japan came in the top of the 4th inning when California had bases loaded and nobody out.

With the base full and nobody out, California hit a fly ball to left field and the runner on third tried to tag-up, but a great throw from left field to the plate gunned the runner down for a double play. The throw from left short-hopped to the plate but the catcher caught the ball, blocked the plate and tagged the runner out. With two out, and runners on first second, Japan got the the third out.

Japan was down by a run when they got out the the top of the 4th their great defense and went on to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning and scored 2 more runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 6-4 lead. California had a chance in the top of the sixth with one out and runners on first and second, it was Japan’s defense that won the game. A ground ball to first base, the first baseman stepped on the bag and threw to second for the tag- out and another double play to end the game.

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