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Matsumoto powers Japan past Curacao into semis

Updated: August 23, 2006, 12:23 AM ET
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Go Matsumoto and Kawaguchi City, Japan, emphatically reached the international semifinals at the Little League World Series.

Matsumoto belted a grand slam and tossed a four-hitter as Kawaguchi City remained undefeated with a 7-2 Pool D triumph over Willemstad, Curacao.

While Kawaguchi City (3-0), the Asian champion, advanced to play Lara, Venezuela, a 1-0 winn over Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Caribbean champion Willemstad (1-2) was eliminated. The Curacao ...

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