The latest Series brings new level of signature moments

The kids from Tokyo, Japan, rule the Little League Baseball world following their win over Lufkin, Texas, the United States titlist Sunday at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

The Japanese youngsters, however, weren’t the only winners.

You can add the Lufkin kids to the list. They came back from a 5-0 deficit to win the American title Saturday over Greenville, N.C., even as their families fretted over historic flooding near their homes in Texas.

But just as prominently, you can add our region to the honor roll. What a show everyone put on for 12 days, starting with a Grand Slam Parade that was better than ever on the night before the start of the Series.

The competition throughout the 11 days was full of moments and emotional drama that only kids competing at the highest level can provide. It was sport with purity, hard to find these days.

The Series this year was augmented by the Major League Baseball Little League Classic featuring a major league game at Bowman Field for the first time ever.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals brought a luster to the Series with their appearance in South Williamsport and their game at Bowman.

We can’t see how baseball’s leaders would not want to repeat this event for years to come. It’s a joining of stars of baseball today and in the future in the perfect setting on the perfect stages.

Congratulations to Japan on its title and to everyone who made our region’s 12 days in the spotlight memorable to everyone, from our backyards to homes throughout the world.