August 24, 2013

Little League World Series: California beats Connecticut 12-1

The Associated Press

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Nick Mora allowed just two hits and smacked a three-run homer for Chula Vista, Calif., which routed Westport, Conn., 12-1 on Saturday in the U.S. title game and advanced to the championship of the Little League World Series.

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Second baseman Micah Pietila-Wiggs of Chula Vista, Calif., left, puts the tag on Matt Stone of Westport, Conn., for the out at second in the fourth inning of the United States Championship game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., on Saturday.

The Associated Press

California will play Japan for the World Series title on Sunday. Japan beat Mexico 3-2 earlier Saturday on Takuma Gomi's leadoff home run in the top of the sixth inning.

California took a 6-1 lead in the first two innings, scoring three times in the first with the help of three Connecticut errors and getting three more on Mora's long home run.

The West champions added six more runs in the sixth on a passed ball, a wild pitch, an error, an RBI single by Mora, and a two-run double by Michael Gaines.

Chula Vista's victory came 50 years to the day that California defeated Connecticut 2-1 for the 1963 Little League World Series title.

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