Saturday, Japan defeated Mexico in the International Championship game at the Little League World Series (LLWS). Last Sunday, Mexico defeated Japan 3-2 in one of their first games played. Mexico was 3-0 coming into Saturday’s game.
Japan will move on to the LLWS title game on Sunday. Japan won the game 5-2. Japan scored first with two runs in the second inning and kept up the momentum throughout. Japan won the 2010 LLWS title, and they want to do it again. The coach for Japan’s Little League team said that the boys practiced about 20 hours a week, and would practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 hours each, and then had a full day every Saturday and Sunday.
SUNDAY UPDATE: California defeats Japan to win the 2011 LLWS! For more on the game, click here.
Later today, California will play Montana for the US Championship game, and the winner of this game will compete against Mexico on Sunday for the title of the 2011 LLWS Championship.
California knocked out Pennsylvania Thursday to reserve their place in the US Championship; the final score was 2-0. The Pennsylvania Little League team was located 30 miles from South Williamsport, and tens of thousands of fans attended their games, breaking attendance records at Lamade stadium.
For more on the California vs. Pennsylvania game, click here.
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LLWS update: Sunday’s Championship game has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene. For more information, click here.
Saturday, August 26, 2011 LLWS games:
12 pm Japan vs. Mexico – on ESPN
3 pm California vs. Montana – on ABC
The winner of these two games will play in the LLWS Championship game on Sunday.
All Little League roads lead to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania! The LLWS is currently underway in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and will continue through Sunday, August 28 when the final championship games are played. The LLWS started with eight international and eight US teams. Hundreds of 11-13 year olds came from around the world to participate in the 2011 games.
For daily recaps with scores and videos:
For Thursday’s (Day 8) recap, click here.
For Wednesday’s (Day 7) recap, click here.
For Tuesday’s (Day 6) recap, click here.
For Monday’s (Day 5) recap, click here.
For Sunday’s (Day 4) recap, click here.
For Saturday’s (Day 3) recap, click here.
For Friday’s (Day 2) recap of games, wins and hi-light videos, click here.
For the full 2011 LLWS schedule, click here.
To see a slideshow from the incredible 2009 Little League World Series games, click here.
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Sources: LittleLeague.org and ESPN
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