Game 31
Japan 4
 vs. Southwest 3

Sunday, August 24, 2008
12:00PM ET


And the Bronze goes to…
Japan takes third place after wild 4-3 win against Louisiana

By Dustin Picciolo

With the scored tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Japan loaded the bases with no outs. A Kennon Fontenot wild pitch to Ryosuke Moriuchi scored the go-ahead run in Sunday afternoon’s Little League Baseball World Series Consolation game. And it held up as Japan was victorious, 4-3, against Louisiana to earn third-place honors in front of 8,600 at Volunteer Stadium.

Playing on the final Sunday of the tournament was nothing new to Japan, which has now appeared in the title game or consolation contest in seven of the last eight years. Japan played in the World Series championship game five times, and came out victorious in 2001 and 2003.

The offenses for both team got off to a quick start, as Louisiana and Japan both scored three runs in the first. Louisiana’s Fontenot started the scoring with a two-run single. Bryce Jordan’s RBI single made it 3-0.

Japan got off to an equally good start, getting RBI singles from Takumi Ozeki and Yutaka Takeshita. Japan tied the score at 3-3 when Moriuchi came around to score on Shodai Mizuno’s fielder’s choice grounder.

Both offenses cooled off from there, as Louisiana managed just one hit in the final five innings and Japan connected for four. It wasn’t until the fifth when Japan plated the winning run on the Fontenot wild pitch.

Peyton McLemore was responsible for the winning run, taking the loss after loading the bases in the fateful fifth by allowing a single and two walks.

Louisiana had a great run in South Williamsport as they were just one out away from the World Series Championship game.

Neither team was available for comment after the game.


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