Tennessee beats California in wild US final at Little League World Series

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Brock Myers’ hit a tie-breaking double, and Goodlettsville, Tenn., gave up a 10-run lead in the bottom of the sixth before scoring nine in the seventh in a 24-16 victory Saturday over Petaluma, Calif., for a berth in the Little League World Series title game.

Tennessee's Brock Myers celebrates as he heads home after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning of the U.S. championship game. He later had a key double.  GENE J. PUSKAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Tennessee's Brock Myers celebrates as he heads home after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning of the U.S. championship game. He later had a key double.

Only California’s 10-run comeback to send the game into extra innings tied at 15 could overshadow Tennessee slugger Lorenzo Butler’s extraordinary day at the plate. Butler set a single-game record with nine RBI, and tied a record with three homers to lead Tennessee.

Cole Tomei had a two-run double in the sixth, and Hance Smith’s solo shot with two outs gave California an improbable 15-15 tie.

The teams combined for 40 runs and 35 hits in a game that lasted more than three hours.

But only Tennessee gets to move on to today’s World Series title game against Japan.

TOKYO 10, AGUADULCE, PANAMA 2

Japan’s big bats helped the team from Tokyo earn a trip to the Little League World Series title game.

Japan hit five homers, including two from 13-year-old slugger Kotaro Kiyomiya, to beat Aguadulce, Panama, for the international championship

The 6-foot Kiyomiya is imposing at the plate. He’s become so known for his power that fans sitting on the hill beyond the right-field fence started holding a “Kotaro Target” sign.

Kiyomiya’s first-inning homer sailed deep down the right-field line.

Japan coach Junji Hidaka would rather his team not rely so much on the long ball come today’s championship.

“We only scored on home runs today, I would advise the players not to try for more homers,” Hidaka said. “We need to string our hits together.”


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