Texas, Japan advance to the LLWS title game

Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball

Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball

Since then, the Mexicans from Reynosa, along the Texas border at Hidalgo, have defeated Italy, South Korea, Venezuela in a rematch, and Canada.

It may have been the best game at the Little League World Series so far.

Japan will play Sunday against the victor of the US championship, between Greenville, North Carolina, and Lufkin, Texas.

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Mexico unraveled after Miyahara's game-opening homer, giving up three more runs in the first.

This year's Little League World Series has a special significance for Mexico, as it marks the 60th anniversary since the 1957 Mexico team became the first worldwide team to win the tournament. It is the 11th time a team from Japan captured the crown. However, Lufkin had already lost to its opponents from Greenville, North Carolina, and the Southeast regional champions had a 5-0 lead after three innings.

Goto helped his own cause in the fifth inning, knocking in a run on a line drive single to center. In three games, the pitching staff has allowed only one hit and one run in 18 innings. Bryce Jackson and Luke Lambert hit each hit 2-run doubles and Carson Harder hit a 2-run home run to cut the lead to 14-8. He has also been outstanding on the mound as he has pitched 10.2 innings and has a 1-0 record with a 2.81 ERA. Requena has five hits in nine at-bats, and he has scored two runs and driven in two. But Miyahara laced a two-run triple with two outs in the second to tie it at 2, and Ryusei Fujiwara fisted a single to right to bring Miyahara home.

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