Japan battles back from 3-0 first-inning deficit to beat Curacao
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Tokyo rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit to defeat Willemstad, Curacao, 10-3 on Friday.
Kanta Hiraide hit a liner to the left field wall with the bases loaded to cap a six-run third inning for the Tokyo Kitasuna squad from Japan.
This is the first year that Japan's national Little League tournament winner automatically qualified for South Williamsport. Japan (1-0) hadn't played a game since July 21 and looked a little rusty before the offense kicked in.
The Pabao Little League team from Curacao (0-1) isn't a slouch either. A team from that league has qualified for the series seven straight years, winning a title in 2004.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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