Little League World Series Live Blog: Japan, Panama Clash in International Final

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIAugust 25, 2012

SOUTH WILLAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 23: Teammates mob James Gonzalez #12 of team Panama after hitting a two RBI home run against team Mexico during the first inning of their Little League World Series game on August 23, 2012 in South Willamsport, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

Japan advances to play on Sunday’s Little League World Series Championship Game after defeating Panama 10-2 in Saturday’s International Championship Game.

Japan rode their hot hitting and dominant pitching to yet another victory that will keep them undefeated in Williamsport. Kotaro Kiyomiya hit two home runs for Japan and Yuta Ishida threw four great innings on the mound. Noriatsu Osaka also hit a home run for the Japanese champions and had four RBI.

Japan will take on the winner of the United States Championship Game between Tennessee and California. Japan advances to their third straight Little League World Series final, splitting their last two appearances.

Thank you to all who followed my updates. Be sure to switch over to my live blog on Saturday’s second championship game.