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Thursday, 23rd August 2012
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Japanese little leaguers beat Panama 4-1

Japan's Little League baseball team took down rivals Panama 4-1 yesterday (august 22nd) to progress at the World Series. 

The Little League World Series (LLWS) was founded in 1947 and is made up of eight US teams and eight international sides who take to the South Williamsport stadium in Pennsylvania to battle it out.

Thirteen-year-old Kotaro Kiyomiya was singled out for his exceptional baseball skills during the game having hit the ball almost 310 feet from the plate.

He told the Associated Press: "As soon as I hit it, I knew it was a home run. That's why I didn't take off quickly."

The country has managed to make four World Series finals in just six years, taking the title in 2010.

All Japan's young baseball players need now is two more victories to bring them the same glory their team enjoyed two years ago.

Despite the team's win, manager Yoichi Kubo believes their batting could be better but commended the boys' pitching.

Posted by Mark Smith