Japan beats Mexico to win Little League international title, advance to WS championship game
washingtonpost.com -- Aug 26
Defense, finesse, power and poise. As usual, Japan has it all, and it is returning to the Little League World Series title game again.

Takuma Gomi led off the top of the sixth inning with a tiebreaking home run, and Tokyo beat Tijuana, Mexico, 3-2 on Saturday to win the international title.

It was the 11th win a row in the international bracket for Japan, which hasn't lost a game since 2009. Japan will make its sixth appearance in eight years in the World Series finals and will play either Chula Vista, Calif., or Westport, Conn., on Sunday.

The U.S. title game was played later Saturday.

Japan and Mexico have faced off 15 times in World Series history, and Japan improved to 10-5 against its rival when Gomi homered over the wall in right-center field.

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