California to face Japan for LLWS title
South Williamsport, PA (Sports Network) - Japan needed a late homer to win the Little League World Series international championship, while Chula Vista, Calif. cruised to victory in the United States title game on Saturday.
Nick Mora tossed 5 2/3 solid innings, hit a homer and knocked in four runs as California posted a 12-1 victory over Westport, Conn.
Mora allowed one run on two hits while striking out 10 for California, which will face Japan in the Little League World Series title game on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
Mat Stone drove in the lone run for Connecticut, which will battle Mexico in the third-place game. Chad Knight gave up seven runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over five innings.
Meanwhile, Takuma Gomi snapped a sixth-inning tie with a leadoff homer, lifting Japan to a 3-2 victory over Mexico for the international championship.
Shunpei Takagi had two hits and knocked in a run for Japan.
Ramon Mendoza belted a two-run homer for Mexico, which had a golden chance to take the lead in the fifth inning.
A leadoff double by Brandon Montes and an error put runners on the corners with no outs. After a strikeout, Saul Favela lifted a fly ball to deep center field. Montes, however, held at third and Brandon Meza struck out to keep the game tied.
Gomi then belted a 1-2 pitch from Jorge Romero over the wall in right field to start the sixth, giving Japan a 3-2 lead.
Kazuki Ishida pitched around a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth to close it for Japan. Keita Saito worked one hitless inning to earn the win.
08/24 19:38:50 ET