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Japan Defeats Texas to Win the 2017 Little League World Series

Here are the highlights for Japan's win over Texas to claim the Little League World Series title.

Last night, the Little League World Series came to an end, as Japan, the international champion, defeated Texas, the United States champion, by a score of 12-2 over five innings to take the ultimate championship. The win marked the fourth time in six years that a powerhouse Japan team has taken the title, but the score wasn’t reflect of how competitive the game, which featured an unusual number of home runs, felt for those in the Williamsport stadium.

The game began strong for Texas. In fact, it began precisely as strong as a game possibly can asChandler Spencer stroked a solo shot on the first pitch of the game and Lufkin tacked on another. But Japan came back strong in the second inning, scoring three runs off a two-run triple and an RBI single to jump ahead 3-2. The game really got out of hand for Texas in the fourth inning, when Japan hit three home runs to take a 7-2 lead. Any dreams of a comeback for Texas were squashed in the fifth inning, as Japan scored another five runs that ended the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.

 

It was a perfect ending to Japan’s remarkable tournament run. The team from Kitasuna Little League in Tokyo, Japan went 5-0 in the Little League World Series and outscored their opponents by an astonishing 39-3. This is the fourth time in the last six years that the Japanese team has won the Little League World Series and three of those teams were from Tokyo-Kitasuna Little League.

Sunday’s championship brought another Little League World Series to an end and what a tournament it was. Stock piled with 400-foot home runs, fence-jumping grabs, and heartwarming gestures, this year absolutely proves that there is nothing that quite captures the heart of teamwork, competition, and sportsmanship like the Little League World Series.