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Japan Overwhelms Tennessee to Win LLWS!
August 26, 2012By Greg Bradley of TennesseeSportsNet/WAXO Radio TV
Noriatsu Osaka of the Kitasuna Little League of Japan went 4 for 4 in leading his team to a 12-2 five inning win over Goodlettsville Little League. Osaka tripled his first at bat and then unleashed three straight home runs in the second, fourth and his final in the fifth, a two-run shot, to end the game.
Japan (5-0) took a 2-0 lead in the first and handed the game to six-foot hard throwing hurler Kotaro Kiyomiya who went four innings. Kiyomiya gave up one run on Brock Myers’ fifth homer in five games (US player record).
Kiyomiya’s replacement Osaka faced Lorenzo Butler who led off the fifth. Result, Butler’s fourth homer in two days.
Tennessee in a bad pitcher situation used three in the game. Justin Smith went three innings allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out three. Blake Osborne, in the fourth, gave up five runs on three hits and the third Goodlettsville pitcher Ryan Lyle gave up the game winning homer to Osaka in the fifth.
Tennessee (4-1) of Goodlettsville, in their second year of Little League, made world-wide news in Williamsport. Two Little League records fell. On Saturday Lorenzo Butler driving in nine RBIs on three three-run home runs and Sunday Butler’s teammate Brock Myers blasting his fifth dinger in five games. A first for any United States player.
Let’s not forget about the instant classic on Saturday. The California/Tennessee three-hour & fifteen minute contest gave fans a thrilling experience as Goodlettsville won in seven 24-16. Forty runs on 35 hits. And a spectacular sixth-inning come back by Petaluma as they scored ten runs to tie the game.
And in the seventh Tennessee’s nine runs to retake the lead and go on to win the marathon.
For Japan it was all about the dominate pitching by Kiyomiya and Osaka. Their combination on the hill accounted for 10 Ks and each gave up one run off one hit a home run. In 6-2/3 innings Kiyomiya fanned 15 walked 2 giving up one run.
Osaka was also a gem for Japan. Noriatsu threw 9 innings striking out 17 as he allowed one run on six hits.
For Tennessee Brock Myers was the star of the tournament. At the plate Myers led Goodlettsville with a .611 average with five home runs in five games and ten RBIs. Myers was just as dominate on the mound winning one game striking out 19 with. 1.57 ERA. Myers set the US record with a homer in each game played.
The team will arrive at the Nashville Airport around 9:56am Monday morning. We hope the fans can be there to greet these amazing boys.
The City of Goodlettsville will honor the team Monday at around 11:00am. TSNSports wants to congratulate Goodlettsville Little League for a great run!!!