Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Musashi Fuchu Little League to Represent Japan at the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series

Photo by John Green - Japan Wins 2012 LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Musashi Fuchu Little League from Tokyo, Japan is coming to South Williamsport.

On Sunday, June 7, the Musashi Fuchu Little League from Tokyo, Japan won the Japan Region Tournament in their home city, topping Miyagino Little League from Sendai City, 11-6, in the championship game. This is the second time that Musashi Fuchu Little League will send their Little Leaguers® to the Little League Baseball World Series. Their first appearance was in 2000, where they advanced to the International Bracket championship game, losing to the eventual Little League Baseball World Series Champions from Venezuela.


It is the second year in a row that a team from Tokyo advances to South Williamsport. Last year, Kitasuna Little League won the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series in dramatic fashion, hitting five home runs in the championship game, defeating the team from Goodlettsville, Tenn.

“Japan is our defending Little League Baseball World Series champion, and it’s great to have yet another team from Tokyo compete in this year’s series,” said Patrick Wilson, Little League Baseball and Softball Senior Vice President and International Tournament Director.

Musashi Fuchu went a perfect 4-0 to advance through the Japan Region Tournament, which featured teams from 16 different Japanese Little Leagues in a single elimination tournament. The Musashi Fuchu team outscored their opponents in the region tournament 36 to 15. Learn more about the Japan Region Tournament.

Musashi Fuchu Little League will face the Europe-Africa Region Champion in the first round of the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series on Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium. All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks and the Watch ESPN app. The Europe-Africa Region Championship will be decided on Sunday, July 21.

The 67th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit llbws.org.