Musashi Fuchu Little League to Represent Japan at the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series
Musashi Fuchu Little League from Tokyo, Japan is coming to South Williamsport.
On Sunday, June 7, the Musashi Fuchu Little League from Tokyo, Japan won the Japan Region Tournament in their home city, topping Miyagino Little League from Sendai City, 11-6, in the championship game. This is the third time that Musashi Fuchu Little League will send their Little Leaguers® to the Little League Baseball World Series. Their first appearance was in 2000, where they advanced to the International Bracket championship game, losing to the eventual Little League Baseball World Series Champions from Venezuela. In 2003, the team went all the way, winning the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Banner after defeating East Boyton Beach Little League, 10-1, in the finals.
It is the second year in a row that a team from Tokyo advances to South Williamsport. Last year, Kitasuna Little League won the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series in dramatic fashion, hitting five home runs in the championship game, defeating the team from Goodlettsville, Tenn.
“Japan is our defending Little League Baseball World Series champion, and it’s great to have yet another team from Tokyo compete in this year’s series,” said Patrick Wilson, Little League Baseball and Softball Senior Vice President and International Tournament Director.
The Musashi Fuchu Little League team will represent the Japan Region at the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series.
Musashi Fuchu went a perfect 4-0 to advance through the Japan Region Tournament, which featured teams from 16 different Japanese Little Leagues in a single elimination tournament. The Musashi Fuchu team outscored their opponents in the region tournament 36 to 15. Learn more about the Japan Region Tournament.
Musashi Fuchu Little League will face the Europe-Africa Region Champion in the first round of the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series on Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium. All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks and the Watch ESPN app. The Europe-Africa Region Championship will be decided on Sunday, July 21.
The 67th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit llbws.org.
Adriel Primo Lopez, a Little Leaguer from Pearland, Texas, raises the flag of Japan on the Plaza Overlook to commemorate its entry in the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series. Howard J. Lamade Stadium, in the background, is the site of the annual Series. Adriel and his family were in South Williamsport, Pa., on Aug. 24, 2013, visiting the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store with his family, when he was asked to raise the flag.