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Japan repeats in Williamsport

The little leaguers from Chula Vista, Calif., looked dominant in winning the U.S. championship, but they ran into yet another fabulous team and lost in the title game to Japan on Sunday at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Both teams came into the title game undefeated and with their aces on the mound. Chula Vista had 6-foot-4 pitcher Grant Holman, who threw a no-hitter earlier in the tournament. But Japan battled the hard-throwing righty, and he threw 50 pitches in the first two innings. Little leaguers are capped at 85 pitches.

Chula Vista was in the game as well, and they got to Hapamn starter Kazuki Ishida early and had him knocked out in the fourth inning.

But in a 4-4 game in the bottom of the fifth, Japan catcher Ryusei Hirooka lined a two-run double down the left-field line. Chula Vista had two on in the sixth — the final inning in little league — but a double play ended the threat.

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Source: About.com
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