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California beats Montana, Japan beats Mexico to set up Little League WS title game matchup
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.