Game 8
Europe
0  vs. Asia  7
Saturday, August 17, 2002
6:00PM ET

Say is ain’t Satoh!

Three different players homered in the Little League World Series opener for the team from Sendai, Japan.

Those few big swings were all that pitcher Yoshinori Satoh needed for the victory. 

Satoh was near flawless. The pitcher was two walks away from throwing the fourth perfect game in Little League World Series history. Instead, he threw the first no-hitter since 1993. Satoh struck out 10 in his no-hit masterpiece.

“I think that I pitched very well today. Even for myself, I think I pitched well,” Satoh said through an interpreter.

As brilliant as Satoh was on the hill, Yoosuke Katah was equally as remarkable at the plate. With a runner on second in the top of the first inning, Katah bounced a ball off the top of the center field fence. The ball bounced over the wall, giving Japan the early 2-0 lead.

“I was not sure that it was going to be a home run when I hit it,” Katah said through an interpreter. “It surprised me when I saw it bounce and go over.”

Katah knocked his second home run of the game in the third inning. The solo shot gave Satoh all of the run support that he needed.

“I knew that one was gone the moment it left my bat,” Katah added.

“Of course I was very pleased with how we played today,” said Japanese manager Kazutomo Takahashi through and interpreter. “Yoshinori is not usually a stamina pitcher, so having him pitch the entire game was a nice bonus.”

Uncharacteristic errors kept the Moscow team from holding Japan close.

“The errors were very rare for us, we do not usually make those errors,” Russian manager Vladimir Eltchninov said. “We knew that we were facing a tough team. Japan always has good teams in this tournament.”

Japan looks to continue its dominance at 5 p.m. Monday against Mexico. The Russian team faces Mexico at 8 p.m on Sunday.

David Graham-Caso
Special Correspondent

Europe(Home) vs. Asia(Visitor)
Aug 17 2002 18:03:35 To 7:36 PM Lamade Stadium So. Williamsport, Pa.

Game Scoring By Inning:

1
2
3
4
5
6
R
H
E
Asia
2
0
1
1
2
1
7
7
0
Europe
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5

Home Team Box Score:
Europe
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Kozin, Alexey
ss-p
3
0
0
0
3
3
1
1
Kobrinets, Alexey
c
3
0
0
0
3
1
3
0
Lobanov, Andrie
p-cf
2
0
0
0
2
2
1
0
Chermoshentsev, Kirill
3b-ss
2
0
0
0
2
3
1
1
Starodoubov, Kirill
rf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Novikov, Ivan
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Vorotyntsev, Evgeni
cf-3b-p
1
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
Vasiliev, Maxim
2b
1
0
0
0
2
1
1
2
Tchaikovski, Dmitri
1b
2
0
0
0
2
0
10
0
Voronkov, Stanislav
rf
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
Razumov, Artem
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Mizonov, Vasily
2b
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Nasorin, Mikhail
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Serkin, Valeriy
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
18
0
0
0
20
11
18
5

Visiting Team Box Score:
Asia
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Nakame, Yuuji
ss
2
1
0
0
4
1
1
0
Satoh, Tsukasa
3b
4
0
1
0
4
2
0
0
Satoh, Yoshinori
p
4
0
0
0
4
1
0
0
Kotoh, Yoosuke
1b
2
3
2
3
3
1
7
0
Numakura, Tatsuhiko
c
3
1
1
1
3
0
10
0
Mizukoshi, Satoru
cf
3
1
1
0
3
0
0
0
Chiba, Yuuki
lf
2
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
Doi, Kenshiro
rf
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Saitoh, Kentoh
2b
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Kuboki, Yasushi
cf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Kameoka, Masafumi
rf
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
Doi, Yuushiro
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Kanda, Tomoya
2b
1
0
1
0
1
2
0
0
Takahashi, Koohei
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
26
7
7
4
30
7
18
0

Winning Pitcher: Satoh, Yoshinori Losing Pitcher: Lobanov, Andrie
IP
R
ER
ERA
H
K
BB
HP
TP
KP
BP
Europe
Lobanov, Andrie
4.3
6
6
8.31
5
3
2
0
67
43
24
Kozin, Alexey
.7
1
1
9.00
0
0
1
0
14
4
10
Vorotyntsev, Evgeni
1.0
0
0
0.00
2
0
0
0
4
4
0
Asia
Satoh, Yoshinori
6.0
0
0
0.00
0
10
2
0
82
58
24

ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game

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