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The Asian Reporter
Pacific Northwest News q Volume 29 Number 17 q September 2, 2019 q www.asianreporter.com
Hawai‘i, Japan unexpectedly battle for
third place at Little League World Series
BREATHTAKING BASEBALL. Yuto Misaki of Japan delivers a pitch during a game against Wailuku, Hawai‘i, at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Japan won the game, 5-0,
to earn third place. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
After both Japan and Hawai‘i went opponents 37-1. That dominance con- The final score was 20-0.
By Mike Street
Japan also held Guadalupe, its second
undefeated in their first three games, the tinued after they reached the tournament
Special to The Asian Reporter
stage appeared set for just the third in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
opponent, scoreless. The team notched just
he last time the Little League all-Asian final in tournament history.
In its first game, Japan cruised past one run in the first two innings before capi-
World Series (LLWS) didn’t have Instead, both teams met in the third-place Italy, scoring six runs in the first four talizing on walks and errors to score four in
an Asian team in the championship game, shattering the expectations of innings before blowing the game open with the third inning. The two Yutos again
final was 2004. Since then, a Japanese Asian-American sports fans.
14 runs in the fifth. As they would all showed their heroism, this time on the
team has appeared in eight finals, a team
Chofu City, Japan, certainly seemed to tournament, two Yutos — Yuto Misaki and mound, combining for about four innings
from Hawai‘i has appeared in four, and have a clear path to another LLWS final Yuto Kakeba — led the team. Against of shutout, one-hit ball while striking out
eight champions were from either Japan or appearance, emerging as the winner from Italy, they drove in five runs apiece while nine batters. Japan again won easily, 5-0.
the Japan region after outscoring its their opponent could only muster two hits.
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