Japan beats California 6-4 for LLWS title
By the Associated Press
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The victory lap around Lamade Stadium never gets old for Japan, nor does the players' ritual of scooping up some souvenir dirt near the mound after another Little League World Series triumph.
A perennial power in youth baseball, Japan rallied past Chula Vista, California, 6-4 on Sunday to win its ninth title and third in four years, the only disappointment in that recent span a loss in 2011 to Huntington Beach, California.
It was the 14th championship game for Japan and 23rd for California, which has won seven World Series titles.
California beat Westport, Conn., 12-1 in the U.S. championship game Saturday, while Japan edged Mexico 3-2 for the international title.
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The Tokyo, Japan, Little League team celebrates after a 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif., in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., on Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)