4:41pm CDT - Japan has brought back the Little League World Series title back to the international side after the Chula Vista Little League (San Diego) won it for the US last year. Japan beats the Hawaii squad 4-1.
4:30pm CDT - Japan adds two runs in the top half of the sixth and you may as well call this one over barring a miracle comeback by the Hawaii squad. They gave a good effort but it seems Japan was that much better on this day.
3:58pm CDT - We're in the top half of the fifth and Japan already has a lead single. If Japan adds another run here, we may as well call this one over. Good pitching from both sides today.
3:48pm CDT - Hawaii gets on the board and trails Japan 2-1 in the home half of the fourth. Good sacrifice that got the run in. Playing small ball has gotten this team back in the game. It's a good one so far.
3:31pm CDT - Japan gets an RBI single and they lead Hawaii 2-0 in the top half of the fourth. Hawaii has not been able to get anything of substance going against Japan's pitching.
3:18pm CDT - This is going to be a great championship game. It's a 1-0 lead for Japan through three complete. I'm smelling ninth inning drama.
3:02pm CDT - Either pitcher has given up just one hit each. It leads me to this question. What would you watch. A 14-2 blowout or a 1-0, two hits allowed, pitchers duel?
2:50pm CDT - The Hawaii squad didn't allow any more damage to be done and they trail Japan 1-0 heading to the home half of the second. Both pitchers have three strikeouts thus far.
2:43pm CDT - Japan has gotten on the board against the team from Hawaii in the top half of the second. After a walk and a single, a wild pitch brought the run in from third to give Japan an early 1-0 lead.
2:32pm CDT - Looks like we have a pitching duel on our hands. We're through two complete and we have just one hit so far in the ballgame. This could be a good one, folks.
2:30pm CDT - Sorry for the delayed start but we are underway in the championship game and, thankfully, it's not like the consolation game we endured earlier today.
12:45pm CDT - Unfortunately for Pearland, TX, their dream run to the Little League World Series came to a crashing halt thanks to a 14-2 loss to Chinese Taipei that ended in the mercy rule after four innings. Not exactly the way I'd want to end it, but they got beat by a better team. Nothing you can do about that.
11:17am CDT - It's 10-0 Chinese Taipei over Pearland, TX and we're not even out of the third inning. If there's a mercy rule in little league, the championship game might take place earlier than expected (3pm EDT)
10:32am CDT - The consolation game is over before it ever got started. Pearland, TX being blown out and we're not even out of the first inning yet. It's 8-0 Chinese Taipei.
10:18am CDT - Here's something I wanted to bring up and I know some of you are probably watching the consolation game between Pearland, TX and Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei and seeing the Texas team give up four runs in the top half of the first inning.
Should the Little League World Series be on television? Are these kids experiencing too much pressure?
Good morning baseball fans, or should I say, Little League fans.
All of the battles and all of these kids' hard work comes down to one game for the right to call themselves the 2010 Little League World Series Champions.
Japan and the team from Hawaii will do battle this afternoon and we'll give you all the updates and all of the live reaction as the game continues.
So, stick with us and enjoy the game. Feel free to give me your reactions and thoughts as you're watching the game as well.
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