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Japan routs Lufkin, Texas, to win Little League World Series

Japan routs Lufkin, Texas, to win Little League World Series

Tsubasa Tomii buckled down after giving up two first-inning home runs and Japan hit three homers in the fourth inning and won the Little League World Series title with a 12-2 victory over Lufkin, Texas, on Sunday.

Keitaro Miyahara laced a two-run triple with two outs in the second to tie it at 2, and hit a solo shot in the fourth after fouling a ball off his foot earlier in the at-bat. Daisuke Hashimoto and Natsuki Yajima also homered in the fourth.

Tomii cruised through the final four innings and finished with nine strikeouts.

After starter Chip Buchanan was pulled in the fourth inning, Lufkin had trouble getting outs and the game was stopped in the fifth inning...

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