Tokyo won the Little League World Series on Sunday, pounding out 22 hits and overcoming an eight-run first-inning deficit to beat Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, 18-11.
The Kitasuna Little League team, also the winner in 2001 and 2012, gave Japan its 10th title.
Lewisberry scored 10 times and sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first after falling behind 2-0. But Tokyo, which had given up a total of 10 runs in its other tournament games, responded with seven runs in the second, four in the third inning and five in the sixth.
Masafuji Nishijima had four hits and six RBIs, and Shingo Tomita hit two of Tokyo's five home runs.
Tokyo's third pitcher, Nobuyuki Kawashima, held Lewisberry in check most of the game, giving up just one run and two hits over five innings.
By the third inning, the teams had broken the previous Little League record of 23 combined runs in a championship game — a mark that had stood since 1947. Lewisberry's 10-run first inning also was a record, as was the teams' combined 30 hits. The eight-run deficit was the largest overcome in any Little League World Series game.
Lewisberry knocked out starting pitcher Daiki Fukuyama before an out was recorded in the first. Dylan Rodenhaber made his first hit of the tournament count, hitting the ball over the right-field fence for a grand slam. Jaden Henline added a three-run homer, a shot that went deep into the shrubbery in straightaway center field.
The Red Land Little League, which draws players from several central Pennsylvania towns around Lewisberry, scored three more times sending what amounted to a hometown crowd of more than 42,000 fans into a frenzy.
Tokyo responded quickly. Yugo Aoki hit a three-run homer in the top of the second, which was followed with solo shots from twin brothers Kengo and Shingo Tomita.
Daiki Fukuyama added a two-run double up the middle to bring Tokyo back within a run.
Shingo Tomita tied it at 10 in the third inning with a solo home run to left field. Three batters later, Masafuji Nishijima hit a three-run homer to make it 13-10.
Lewisberry got one back in the bottom of the third. Braden Kolmansberger hit the ball over the head of Japan's center fielder and eventually scored when third baseman Koki Jo could not handle a slow roller by Henline.
Tokyo had not one a game by more than two runs all tournament, and had won its last two in the team's final at-bat.
It used the final inning in the championship game to add five insurance runs, highlighted by Kengo Tomita's triple that scored Aoki and opened the floodgates.
Pennsylvania came in with four World Series titles, but the last was in 1960 when a team from Levittown accomplished that feat. Lewisberry is the first in-state team to win the U.S. title since a team from Shippensburg did it in 1990.
The Red Land team helped set a tournament attendance record of 499,964, well over the previous mark of 414,905 set in 2011 when a team from Keystone, Pennsylvania, was in the tournament.