Lufkin wins Little League U.S. Title, Japan wins Little League World Series Title


Japan’s Keitaro Miyahara (10) is greeted by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Lufkin, Texas’ Chip Buchanan in the fourth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar).

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The crack of the bat, the gasp from the crowd, a fist pump on the trip around the bases and then a happy hop to waiting teammates at home plate.

In Saturday’s game, Lufkin Texas All Stars wins Little League U.S. Championship! Lufkin had a six-run comeback victory over Greenville, N.C., in the U.S. championship game Saturday to reach the final. And early on, it looked as though the team’s momentum would carry through the championship.

Japan had allowed only one run in the tournament heading into Sunday’s game, but that changed when Chandler Spencer crushed the first pitch over the left-center field fence.

Hunter Ditsworth cracked an opposite-field homer down the right-field line to put Lufkin up 2-0 with one out in the first. But Miyahara laced a two-run triple with two outs in the second to tie it at 2-2, and Ryusei Fujiwara fisted a single to right to bring Miyahara home.

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