Tennessee falls in LLWS title game

Japan was too much for the team from Goodlettsville, as Tennessee lost 12-2.

Tokyo's Noriatsu Osaka, second from right, celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off, two-run home run against Goodlettsville, Tenn., in the fifth inning of the Little League World Series championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Tokyo won 12-2 in five innings. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Noriatsu Osaka hit three homers and tripled, and Japan limited Tennessee's potent lineup to two hits in a 12-2 victory Sunday in the Little League World Series title game.

Starter Kotaro Kiyomiya struck out eight in four innings and added an RBI single for the boys from Tokyo. The game ended in the fifth after Osaka's third homer made it a 10-run game.

A day after pounding out a 24-16 win over California in the U.S. title game, the Goodlettsville, Tenn., sluggers could only muster two hits -- solo homers by Brock Myers and Lorenzo Butler.

The teams exchanged the customary postgame handshakes at the plate before Japan received the World Series championship banner.


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