SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Ryusei Hirooka’s two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Tokyo, Japan over Chula Vista, Calif., 6-4, in the Little League World Series championship game.
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 a run scored.
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 pick up the win.
Japan won the International championship with a 3-2 victory over Mexico on Saturday.
Giancarlo Cortez knocked in two runs for California, which cruised past Westport, Conn. by a 12-1 margin in the U.S. title game. Grant Holman had an RBI.
Holman got the start for California and gave up three runs — two earned — on four hits while walking five and striking out five over three full frames. Ricky Tibbett allowed three runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Trailing 4-3, Japan scored three times in the fifth to take the lead. Takagi led off with a homer to center. Gomi and Kobayashi singled before both runners moved up one base on a wild pitch. With one out, Hirooka cleared the bases with a double down the left-field line.
Keita Saito tossed a scoreless sixth to secure the victory for Japan.