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FIFTH-INNING RALLY SPARKS BLOWOUT CHAMPIONSHIP
WIN FOR FCA SLUGGERS 9U
A five-run explosion in the
fifth inning spurred Fellowship
of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Sluggers 9U (Macon, Ga.) to
a 9-2 win in six innings over
Central Florida Wolverines 9U in the Diamond
bracket. Carson Bryant racked up two RBIs
on three hits for FCA Sluggers 9U. He singled
in the first and second innings and doubled
in the fifth inning. Jeremy Santini put himself
in scoring position with two extra-base hits for Central Florida
Wolverines 9U. He singled in the third inning and doubled in the
first and sixth innings. Micah Takac got the win for FCA Sluggers
9U. He allowed two runs over six innings. Micah struck out five,
walked one and gave up eight hits.
In other AAU action:
9U Gold: CBC Riverhawks Grey (Fla.) crushed Lake County Rave (Fla.), 13-3
10U Diamond: Central Florida Wolverines (Fla.) beat Central Florida Redhawks (Fla.), 5-2
10U Gold: Wesley Chapel Storm (Fla.) beat Young Guns Baseball Elite (Fla.), 8-3
11U Diamond: Central Florida Wolverines (Fla.) beat Team Florida (Fla.), 5-4
11U Gold: Central Florida Thunder (Fla.) beat FCA BlueClaws (Fla.), 8-0
12U Diamond: Diamond Sports Stealth (Conn.) beat Stingrays (Fla.), 9-1
12U Gold: South Texas Show (Fla.) beat Titans Baseball (Conn.), 6-2
13U Diamond: Connecticut Wolfpack (Conn.) beat Taylormade Mizuno
13U Gold: Clermont Bonecrushers (Fla.) beat West Florida Gators (Fla.),
14U Super Showcase: Rawlings Arkansas Prospects (Ark.) beat
Carrollwood Gators (Fla.), 5-0
Underclassmen Super Showcase: Jacksonville Dynasty (Fla.) beat
Carrollwood Gators (Fla.), 8-2
14U Diamond: The Miami Suns held off the East Cobb Titans to win
the 14U Diamond title, 8-3, in seven innings. East Cobb jumped out to an
early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Nathan Anthes (2-for-3, two runs)
doubled to start things off before Sam Norman singled, scoring Anthes.
Miami stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the third, scoring three runs on a two-run
double by Javier Valdes and an error. After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the fourth, the
Titans faced just a 4-3 deficit. An RBI single by Chaz Wittingham and an RBI single by Robert Evans
sparked the East Cobb's rally. The Suns built upon their lead with four runs in the seventh. A error scored
Juan Rodriguez to start the scoring in the inning.
14U Gold: With the top two teams playing, it was only fitting that the AAU 14U Gold championship
took extra innings to decide who would be labeled the best in the country. The Forest Flames (Va.)
burned the New England Ravens 3-2 in nine innings. It was a one-out double in the top of the ninth
that was the difference in the championship game. The Flames' No. 5 batter Carmen Parker drove a
shot into the left-center gap to score the eventual game-winner, as the Ravens went down in order in
the last of the ninth. The Ravens took a 1-0 lead in the first when Chance Kirby's squeeze bunt scored
Drew Marro. It would stay that way until the fourth, when the Flames plated two runs to put the Ravens
behind by one.
Underclassmen Diamond: Brazos Valley Renegades (Texas) beat Ontario Blue Jays (Canada), 7-2
Underclassmen Gold: LB Warriors (La.) beat Florida Surge (Fla.), 6-5
Upperclassmen Diamond: Tuscaloosa Baseball (Ala.) beat Brazos Valley Renegades (Texas), 4-1
For the second straight season, the Japan
Region is Little League Baseball® World
Champions, defeating the United States champs
from the West Region, 6-4, at Howard J.
Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa.
"In all honesty, I'm really, really, really happy," Japan
manager Masumi Omae said through interpreter Kalani
Taguchi. "I always dreamt about coming to the World
Series again. To be able to trust the kids and their abilities is
something I'm really, really happy about."
It's the second title for the Musashi Fuchu Little League --
and second for Omae -- who won it all in 2003. It's also the
ninth time a Japanese team won the crown, and the 34th time a
non-U.S. team has won the World Series Championship.
The repeat title is the first for Japan since 1967-68 (West
Tokyo, Tokyo - 1967; Wakayama, Osaka - 1968).
The Little Leaguers® from Japan had to battle back late to
capture the crown, scoring the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning
thanks to Ryusei Hirooka's double down the left-side line,
scoring Takuma Gomi and Kyousuke Kobayashi.
First, Japan tied it up in the fifth with a solo home run from
Shunpei Takagi to lead off the inning.
"I definitely was thinking I was going to get a hit, a hit, a
hit," Takagi said through the translator. "Outcome wise, those
turned into home runs. That was a good thing." It was Takagi's
second homer of the game; two innings earlier, he sent his first
long ball over the right-field wall.
"It's baseball, you know," U.S. West manager Rick Tibbett
Big League Baseball WS:
Southeast Region Champions, South Carolina District 7 from Greenville, S.C., entered the Big
League Baseball World Series Championship game undefeated, having outscored its opponents,
50-4.South Carolina continued its winning streak by defeating the Latin America Region Champion,
Venezuela, 6-1, in Easley, S.C. for a third Big League Baseball World Series championship in six
years. Starter Daniel Johnson went four innings to earn the victory.
Latin America took a 1-0 lead in the second before South Carolina exploded for all six of its
runs in the sixth. Bradley Jones stroked a two-run triple and Ramone Osuna had a RBI.
Intermediate 50/70 Baseball WS:
Sporting a tournament record of 3-0 and heading into the Little League® Intermediate (50/70)
Baseball World Series Championship Game, Izumisano Little League from Osaka, Japan, the
Asia-Pacific Region Champion, had outscored their opponents 41-3 and was going to be tough to
beat. In the end, they were.
Behind the pitching of Taisei Shimabe, Japan went on to beat East Region Champion, Collier
Township (Pa.)/Chartiers Valley Little League, 10-1 at Max Baer Park in Livermore, Calif.,
capturing the inaugural Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series banner.
Senior League Baseball WS:
Latin America's Chitre Little League from Panama scored the game-winning run on a passed ball as
it beat Kennett Square KAU Little League from Pennsylvania, 2-1, at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor,
Me.Abel Frias scored the winning run in the top of the sixth inning as a part of a two-run inning. It
ended up being all the scoring that Panama needed to secure the championship banner.
Junior League Baseball WS:
Chun An Wu led the way with three runs batted in for the Asia-Pacific champions from Taoyuan,
Chinese Taipei, as they used a five-run fifth inning to cruise to an 11-2 victory over the West
Region champions from Rio Rico, Ariz., in the Junior League Baseball World Series championship
game at Heritage Park in Taylor, Mich.
The win marks the second time a team from Chinese Taipei has won the championship. Its first
came in 2010, when defeated the United States champion from Tyler, Texas, 9-1.
JAPAN WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
TRAVEL & LEAGUE PLAY
AAU Championships are played at ESPN's
Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando
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