Baseball: Japan beats USA for Little League title

 Baseball: Japan beats USA for Little League title
Tokyo, Japan catcher Ryusei Hirooka (R) puts the tag on Chula Vista, California player Patrick Archer during the fifth inning of the Little League World Series championship baseball game in Williamsport.

WILLIAMSPORT - Ryusei Hirooka's two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Japan over the USA 6-4 in the Little League World Series championship game Sunday.

Kazuki Ishida got the start for Japan and allowed four runs on five hits while striking out five over three innings. Kyousuke Kobayashi tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.

Shunpei Takagi hits two solo home runs and scored three times for Japan, which claimed its ninth Little League World Series title. Takuma Gomi had an RBI and scored a run.

Giancarlo Cortez knocked in two runs for the American team that came from Chula Vista, California.

Japan won the International championship with a 3-2 victory over Mexico on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Miguel Artalejo belted a three-run homer to snap a fifth-inning tie as Mexico held on for a 15-14 win over Connecticut, USA in the consolation game of the Little League World Series.

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