Monday, August 24, 2015


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South Williamsport, PA - Mexico was unable to fight back from the big hole it dug itself into against Japan, and Mexico lost 3-1 to Japan after falling behind by three runs in the fifth inning.

Mexico scored one run in the sixth on a solo home run by Gerardo Lujano. Despite its efforts, Mexico couldn't finish the comeback.

Fukutaro Kiyomiya had a hot bat for Japan. Kiyomiya went 1-1, drove in one and scored one run. He homered in the fifth inning.

Mexico had no answer for Nobuyuki Kawashima, who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Mexico managed just three hits off of the Japan's pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out five during his four innings of work.

Jose Reyes couldn't get it done on the hill for Mexico, taking a loss. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings, walked two, struck out six, and allowed three runs.

Japan closer Daiki Fukuyama put away the final six outs to record the save.

Japan stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring two runs on a two-run single by Kabu Kikuchi.

The sixth inning saw Mexico score its only run on the day on a solo home run by Lujano.

This article posted with permission of Little League Baseball®.

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