Japan beats Lewisberry in the LLWS title game when a HR derby broke out
Regulation Little League games are only six innings long, so you're not usually expecting to see 29 runs on 28 hits, including seven home runs.
But, then, you're not usually talking about Japan's Kitasuna Little League playing Lewisberry, Pa.'s Red Land Little League, either. You know Kitasuna as the 2015 International champions that also won the Little League World Series in 2001 and 2012. You know Red Land as the Mid-Atlantic champs who captured the 2015 U.S. title with a win over California on Saturday.
On Sunday afternoon, the two previously undefeated teams showed the world what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object: They both score lots of runs.
Red Land was already trailing by two runs when they got their first chance to bat and boy, did they make the most of it. Dylan Rodenhaber launched a grand slam to right field and Jaden Henline added a three-run shot of his own in a 10-run inning that put the U.S. champs way out in front.
But it wasn't enough. Kitasuna came storming back with a seven-run second thanks to back-to-back-to-back home runs by Yugo Aoki and twin brothers Shingo and Kengo Tomita. Japan added another four runs in the third inning and never looked back, winning the 2015 Little League World Series title game, 18-11.
Champions! ������ pic.twitter.com/lO23AeaGnW- Little League (@LittleLeague) August 30, 2015
Kitasuna and Red Land scored the most combined runs in a LLWS title game, breaking the previous record set back in 1947. They also hit the most combined home runs in a title game while helping push 2015 over the top for the most combined home runs over the course of an entire LLWS tournament.
Basically, this was the year of the long ball and the title game did not disappoint. Oh, and this year's tournament marked a new attendance record at a Little League World Series as 499,964 fans made it out to Williamsport this month.