Japan Shuts Out Puerto Rico; Peachtree Advances in Little League World Series

Japan and Puerto Rico battled it out for six innings. The only run scored in the game was in the third inning. Masaumi Ikeuchi doubled and Yuya Ito singled with an error allowing Ikeuchi to score. Masato Igarashi worked 3.2 innings and Shisei Fujimoto retired all seven hitters he faced, four of them on whiffs to close out the win. John Lopez pitched all six innings for Puerto Rico in the hard luck loss.

Staten Island scored three runs in the top of the first but were quieted for the remainder of the game. Peachtree City rallied for two spots in the first three innings to take control of the game, cruising to a 7-3 win. Tai Peete recovered quickly after giving up three runs in the first and pitched through the fifth inning without allowing another run. Ben Traxler retired the last thee hitters to close out the win.

In the semifinal game Japan (Tokyo) plays Korea (Seoul) for the international championship while Peachtree City battles Honolulu for the United States championship. The two winners meet for the Little League World Series championship.

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