SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Junsho Kiuchi raised his arms in triumph after rounding first after his 10th-inning homer sailed over the left-field fence to
give undefeated Japan (3-0) a dramatic 4-3 victory over Chinese Taipei on Thursday at the Little League World Series.
Kiuchi got the win, too, after striking out nine in five-plus
innings of relief.
But after the game, his at-bats were the first topic of
"I could have hit it two other times, so the third time I
wanted to get a hit to decide the game," he said through an
Players for Taiwan (2-2) leaned down near the third-base line,
heads hung down after the game, stunned after leading 2-0 early on.
The game was an inning short of the longest Little League World
Series contest ever played.
Japan tied the game at 3 with two outs in the bottom of the
sixth after Kazutaka Kato lined a hard shot to center that fell
just in front of center fielder Chung-Yen Chen. The relay went to
second, allowing Yuya Fukushima to score.
Kiuchi said he caught Rosalia's game-winner on TV. Asked which
one was better, he smiled and answered shyly, "Of course, mine."