Japan is on top of the Little League Baseball world once again.The kids from Tokyo Kitasuna faced a two-run deficit only to reel off 12 unanswered runs and knock off Southwest (Lufkin, Texas), 12-2, to capture the country's fifth championship in eight years. With three runs in the second, four
Japan is on top of the Little League Baseball world once again.
The kids from Tokyo Kitasuna faced a two-run deficit only to reel off 12 unanswered runs and knock off Southwest (Lufkin, Texas), 12-2, to capture the country's fifth championship in eight years. With three runs in the second, four in the fourth and five in the fifth, Japan cruised to a victory via mercy rule.
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Sunday was a big day for Little League Baseball, as Mexico defeated Southeast (Greenville, N.C.) in the consolation game, 14-8, before Japan won the title. After a summer full of fun and excitement, after weeks in Williamsport, Pa., it all came down to this day. And it did not disappoint.
Sunday was also the conclusion of the fun-filled Players Weekend around the Majors.
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Here are the top images from throughout the day:
5:45 p.m. ET: Time to celebrate
It was the record-setting fourth Little League World Series title for Tokyo Kitasuna.
4:56 p.m. ET: That's my boy!
Keitaro Miyahara's dad is embraced in a group hug following his son's home run in the fourth inning.
4 p.m. ET: Make some noise
This group rooting for Japan got a chance to cheer when the team scored three runs in the second.
3:30 p.m. ET: Go crazy, folks
The Texas fans erupt as Chandler Spencer belts the first pitch of the game over the fence.
3 p.m. ET: Final pause before the action starts
The two teams line up for the playing of the national anthem.
2:40 p.m. ET: Let's do this!
Little League World Series participants enjoy some quality time before heading in to watch the championship game.
2:32 p.m. ET: Last-minute deals
Getting some pin trading in before the championship game.
2:29 p.m. ET: Practice makes perfect
Team Japan runs through pregame drills before going for the Little League World Series title.
2:10 p.m. ET: Tex gets the 411 from the Texas coaching staff
Mark Teixeira, who played for the Rangers from 2003-07, chats with Team Southwest manager Bud Maddux and Co.
1:47 p.m. ET: Shared experience
Players from Team Southeast and Team Mexico grab some dirt to take home as a keepsake after Sunday's consolation game.
1:07 p.m. ET: Thanks mom and dad
Cubs star Anthony Rizzo, a 2016 World Series champion, congratulates his parents on being named 2017 Little League Baseball Parents of the Year.
12:58 p.m. ET: Touch-up before the title game
Members of the grounds crew prep the field ahead of the grand finale.
12:30 p.m. ET: One on one with the Champ
Champ Pederson, brother of the Dodgers' Joc Pederson, talks to former Yankees first baseman and current ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira. Champ Pederson, who will be the first Challenger Division graduate inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence, is throwing out the first pitch before the title game.
12:26 p.m. ET: Go team, go!
While Greenville fell into an early hole vs. Mexico, the fan support never wavered.
11:45 a.m. ET: Taking in the scene
A perfect day for baseball in Williamsport.
11:07 a.m. ET: Sliding on a Sunday
Young fans enjoy themselves on the back hill at the Little League World Series complex in Williamsport.
10:53 a.m. ET: Baseball never stops
Members of the Mid-Atlantic (Jackson, N.J.) team play some backyard baseball behind Volunteer Stadium during the consolation game between Mexico and Southeast.