August 29th, 2010
06:22 PM ET

Japan wins Little League World Series

A team from Japan defeated the squad from Waipahu, Hawaii, on Sunday in the championship game of the Little League World Series. The score was 4-1.

First baseman Konan Tomori drove in three runs and pitcher Ryusuke Ikeda struck out five batters in three innings to ice the win for Japan at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The win by an international team breaks a five-year winning streak by U.S. teams. The last time a Japanese team had won the tournament was 2003.

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  1. Michael Soucie

    The Waipahu boys did a great job. Mahalo nui loa kanakas!

    August 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • cg

      Yah they did. Hocka lockee zoobie wan kaloobi!

      August 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shows on

      Book 'em Dano-Aloha.

      Steve McGarrett....

      August 30, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Ohhhh, Chop chop, you go now !

      August 30, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Roy McMillen Fan

    So much fun to watch. Our pros could learn much from these kids..like how to loose gracefully...playing for the love of the game...countries should learn, too. God bless all the players.

    August 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meep

      LOSE. THE WORD IS LOSE. HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOSE AND LOOSE. GOD.

      August 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramrod samson

      I WANT TO LOOSE MY BOWELS ON YOU

      August 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikiejoe

      How difficult is it to type properly using lower case and upper case letters when needed/required?

      August 30, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Slide!

    I heard they had General Tso's Chicken, fried rice, egg roll & a fortune cookie...all for $5.99 at Teriyaki Smith's Concession Stand. What a ballpark...what service.

    August 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zounds

      Fortune cookie read: "Next Year, Dark Fate awaits- Hawaii will kick your...but, I digress.."

      August 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    The design of US Division and International Division is cheating. US will have less chance to go this far if there no such a 'security'. What a shame.

    August 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fan

      Guest,
      If the US team fielded only ONE team they would have a huge advanged. It would be the DREAM TEAM every year.

      August 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Because if we only sent one team we'd run the tourney everytime and then you'd know the definition of unfair.

      August 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      I don't know about all countries, but I know in Canada we don't send a 'dream team'. We just have our playoffs and send who ever is the best team. Not a single team made up of the best players.

      August 30, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      CJ: Is that American way of speaking?

      August 30, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      There would be no dream team, just like in the World Series its not a dream team. Its the winners of the playoffs, so all those American teams would have to have a playoff before the tournament and then send only the winner. US wouldn't run anything, and they'd lose more than they do now. US obviously has more depth, but the top end talent is no better than anyone else.

      August 30, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. david hurst

    Cool way for cultures to intermix.

    August 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Myers

      Finially, a post that isntt complaining about something. Thank you David.

      August 30, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    Obiwan Kenobi

    August 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. My All Time All Star List by positions

    Left Field–Frank Robinson; Center Field–Willie Mays; Right Field–Ted Williams; 3rd Base–Eddie Matthews; Shortstop–Ernie Banks(when he played that position); 1st Base–Lou Gehrig; Catcher–Johnny Bench; Right Hand Pitcher–Bob Feller; Left Hand Pitcher–Sandy Kofax; Right Hand Designated hitter–Hank Aaron; Left Handed Des. Hitter–Babe Ruth;
    Relief Pitcher–Elroy Face...Manager–Sparky Anderson

    August 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • My All Time All Star List by positions.Part II

      I forgot–2nd Base–Pete Rose–(he played many positions in the infield...he needed to be on this list–so it's 2nd base).

      August 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fan

    Fan:
    > Guest,
    > If the US team fielded only ONE team they would have a huge advanged. It would be the DREAM TEAM every year.

    This would only be true if the ONE team were all pre-selected all-stars. No team from any of the other countries are pre-selected all-stars. They just represent their local towns/cities, just like the US teams are. It's clear that the US has an obvious advantage in the LLWS, as one team is guaranteed to be from the US.

    August 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Well, when your country's a superpower, you can get away with stuff like this.

      August 29, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GUEST

    HELLO ..... THIS SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT SPELLING OR YOUR DREAM TEAM OR ABOUT THE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE... THIS WAS ABOUT 16 GROUPS OF BOYS AND THEIR AWESOME COACHES AND FAMILY ENJOYING THE LOVE OF BASEBALL AND HAVING FUN WHILE THEY DO IT. GREAT JOB LITTLE LEAGUE ...ANOTHER YEAR OF GREAT BASEBALL

    August 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • School Marm

      You forgot several commas. And is your caps lock key stuck down or something? What's up with the all capital letters?

      August 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bourbonpirate

    What a joke..what international tournament guarantees that the host country always makes the final..poor international teams...come on US balance the tournament and make it fair.

    August 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GUEST

      AGAIN I SAY...IT WASN'T ABOUT WHO WAS THE HOST OR WHO MADE IT TO THE FINAL.... IT WAS ABOUT THE KIDS HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING THE GAME.....

      August 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GUEST

    AGAIN I SAY...IT WASN'T ABOUT WHO WAS THE HOST OR WHO MADE IT TO THE FINAL.... IT WAS ABOUT THE KIDS HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING THE GAME.....

    August 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • School Marm

      Again, I say, "LOSE THE CAPS. YOU'RE HURING MY EYES WITH ALL THAT YELLING."

      August 29, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wats dat spell?

      With all the CAPS on & your shouting...you must be...be...married! No wonder you act nuts! Ha! ha! HAHAHA!

      August 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Suzie

    MEEP...I agree with you on the spelling errors...it drives me nuts. I just about split a gut reading your post!

    August 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wake up

      Suzie: What drives me nuts is that you're allowed on this site-go play in traffic.

      August 30, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Suzie

    These spelling errors just kill me.

    August 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    I actually am pleased to see this Hawaii team lose. If you watched this team's earlier game against Georgia, you saw a Hawaii player (last name Shackles) shove the Georgia second baseman after being called out. After a TV replay showed the shove, the announcers downplayed it by saying that Shackles was "showing his frustration". The kid should have been thrown out of the game!! At least his last name suits him. My bet is he will be in shackles before he is old enough to drive.

    August 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bobby

    You guys realize the US is guaranteed a spot only because of the way the brackets are organized? The US provides half of the divisions in the world, and compromise one side of the brackets. This was done not so that the US always had a team in the finals, but so that they would not have BOTH of the teams in the finals, as would be the case most of the time (not to even mention how one would organize the brackets otherwise... other than maybe randomly, since there is no possibility of fairly seeding teams from around the world). That is not necissarily because the US is a vastly superiour source of baseball players... rather it is just a vastly LARGER source of baseball players.

    August 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Bobby this is a completely warped and incorrect view. Look at the history of Little League champions before the US changed the format: the vast majority of winners were Asian teams for decades. The US then changed the format so that a US team was guaranteed to be in the finals every year.

      August 30, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
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