California to face Japan for LLWS title

August 27, 2011 - 6:10 PM
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Hamamatsu City, Japans Kaito Suzuki (1) reacts on first after driving in a run with a single in the fourth inning against Mexicali, Mexico in the International Championship baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Japan won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Little League World Series title game matchup is set, with Huntington Beach, Calif., playing Hamamatsu City, Japan, on Sunday.

California secured its berth by routing Billings, Mont., 11-2 Saturday to take the U.S. championship. The run for the first team from Montana to ever qualify for the World Series came to an end.

Twelve-year-old pitcher Nick Pratto struck out 10 and had three RBIs at the plate. The boys did a group bear hug behind the mound after a force play at second secured the final out of the game.

Japan defeated Mexicali, Mexico, 5-2 earlier Saturday to take the international championship.

Yoshiki Suzuki struck out seven and Kaito Suzuki scored two runs and had an RBI single to lift the mashers from Hamamatsu City.