Thursday, August 27, 2015


Photo courtesy of Little League Baseball®
South Williamsport, PA - Latin America lost despite Yeiner Fernandez's spectacular day from both the mound and the plate.

Fernandez had two extra-base hits for Latin America. He doubled in the fourth inning and homered in the eighth inning.

Fernandez baffled Japan, striking out eight batters. Fernandez allowed two earned runs, six hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to seven lead changes in the game.

Japan took the lead in the eighth inning and held on for the victory. Japan went up for good on an RBI single by Yugo Aoki off Johan Garcia, bringing home Yuta Komaba.

Shingo Tomita racked up two RBIs on two hits for Japan. He homered in the third inning and singled in the sixth inning.

Kabu Kikuchi put together a nice outing. Latin America managed just one hit off of Kikuchi, who allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out seven during his three innings of work.

Tomita got the win for Japan. He tossed two-thirds of an inning of shutout ball. He struck out two, walked none and surrendered one hit.

Garcia ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just two innings, walked one, struck out two, and allowed three runs.

In the top of the third, Latin America grabbed the early lead, 1-0. A triple by Adrian Sandoval, plating Jose Garcia started the inning off.

Japan scored one run of its own in the third. Japan scored on a solo home run by Tomita.

Japan quickly matched Latin America's strong inning with a three-run inning of its own in the eighth.

This article posted with permission of Little League Baseball®.

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