Japan claimed the title for the 2013 Little League World Series when the boys of Izumisano LL from Osaka scored 10 runs against the Collier Township from Pennsylvania, which only got a single run in the seventh inning. The match was held at the Max Baer Park in Livermore, CA on Monday with ESPN broadcasting live. Although represented by Tokyo Kitasuna LL in 2012, this is Japan’s back-to-back championship title.
The 7-run rally at the fourth inning was enough cushion for pitcher Taisei Shimabe, who struck out six while allowing only 5 hits in his complete game performance. Throughout the series, the Asia-Pacific representatives were able to score 51 runs, giving up only four to the opponents. “Defense was huge for us,” said Toshihisa Kitatami, manager of the Japanese team. Throughout the series, the most number of runs surrendered in a game were only 2 while they reached home base ten times during the Sunday afternoon game against Puerto Rico. “Our kids were able to focus on single plays,” Kitatami added.
The wide run-difference was not something new for Japan. Izumisano trampled Canada’s Southwest LL with its 19-1 victory. It has also shut down Puerto Rico, 10-0 on board. Osaka’s Izumisano LL squad was each given with certificate while the entire team was given with a banner. The Izumisano manager shared that he wishes to “be back next year.”
[via Contra Costa Times]