SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa -- Ryoya Sato is not
Kawaguchi City's only stellar pitcher.
Seigo Yada struck out 12 batters without a walk as the Japanese
squad defeated Matamoros, Mexico, 6-1 to stay undefeated in
Pool D action at the Little League World Series.
Sato tossed a no-hitter on Saturday against Moscow, Russia, in
the Asian champion's opening contest.
Yada fell behind, 1-0, after surrendering a first-inning homer
to Jose Segoviano, the starting pitcher for Matamoros (2-1).
Kawaguchi City tied the game an inning later when Naruto
Fukuyama walked, twice advanced on passed balls and scored on a
Ryota Koike began the third inning with a home run to
right-center field and Yada followed with a blast to center to
give Kawaguchi City the lead. Fukuyama added a three-run homer
later in the frame to cap the scoring.
Kawaguchi City (2-0) will close out pool play against
Willemstad, Curacao (1-1), the 2004 champion and runner-up last
year, on Tuesday.