The Red Land Little League team shutout Pearland 3-0 Wednesday night to force an elimination game Thursday.
Japan manager Masumi Omae said, “Nobuyuki, he was pitching great”.
Masafuji Nishijima had four hits and six RBIs, and Shingo Tomita hit two of Tokyo’s five home runs.
It was the 10th title for Japan, second behind Taiwan’s 17.
The title was the third for Kitasuna, which has been to five finals since 2001.
Lewisberry knocked out starting pitcher Daiki Fukuyama before an out was recorded in the first.
When Dylan Rodenhaber unloaded a grand slam to right center off Nishijima, raising his fist the moment it left his bat, the fans erupted en masse and the place must have seemed like hell’s cauldron itself to the young Japanese.
Kolmansberger, who had scored the winning run in Red Land’s pair of one-run victories on the way to the final, finished 2 for 4 with a double and three runs scored. A victory would mean the players would get to cut off the long purple dreadlocks worn by their manager.
Aoki, Kengo Tomita and Shingo Tomita, the top three hitters in the order, all had three hits. Japan then laced two more home runs in as many at-bats.
Courtney Punchur of Lewisberry said, “It’s just such a fantastic thing that they made it this far and we’re just so proud of them”. “The Mexican pitcher was very good, so I tried not to allow any runs”.
ABC10 San Diego reported that Ben Gottfried, the hurler from Pearland West, Texas, could be seen touching the back of his cap or his hair with his right hand before every pitch, possibly to retrieve grease or a similar substance.
Showalter hinted at least one prospective call-up is already with the team – presumably outfielder Dariel Alvarez – and that the organization doesn’t want to disrupt the minor league affiliates’ playoff runs, but will take guys who can help the Orioles now. Gutierrez struck out Wagner, who came into the game batting. Lewisberry wins 3-2 and moves on the World Series final against Japan. Tokyo beat the Mexican team 3-1 earlier in the tournament. Two batters later, Caleb Low lined a homer over the fence in left field, giving Pearland a 9-7 win and a trip in the United States championship game Saturday afternoon.
But Japan was determined to bury Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania was coming apart at the seams.
Red Land was trying to give Pennsylvania its first champion since 1960.
“So we thought we’d try living over here for a little bit”. Between two errors and two wild pitches, Japan got numerous chances to extend the inning.
So, Peifer had to go with his next-best option, Saturday’s kiwi hitting hero Chayton Krauss.