Tokyo, Taiwan teams reach Little League World Series

Teams from Tokyo and Taiwan won the Japanese and Asia-Pacific regions, respectively, over the weekend to qualify for the Little League World Series Aug. 15-25 at Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums.

The Tokyo team, Musashi Fuchu LL, defeated Miyagano LL, 11-6, in the championship game on Saturday. Musashi Fuchu went 4-0 in the tournament, defeating Hiroshima Saeki LL 6-3 and Kishiwada LL 11-1 and then Sendai Aoba LL 8-5 to reach the final.

This will be Musashi Fuchu’s third appearance since 2000. It won the 2003 LLWS title.

A Taoyuan County, Taiwan team won the Asia-Pacific regional on Sunday in the Philippines, beating a Korean team, 11-2 in the final. Taiwan outscored the opposition, 49-8, in five games.

The China Post reported that Jolly Gomez, head of the Philippine Sports Commission, was grateful to Taiwan for its participation in this and two other Little?League regionals in the Philippines despite the diplomatic tensions over the recent fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coast guard.

The Asia-Pacific region also the included Saudi Arabia for the first time. That country used to qualify through the discontinued Transatlantic region as mostly United States families working abroad. The Saudi Arabia team went 1-4.

Little League altered its International region field to include one for Australia, won last month by Perth Central LL.

The other five regions, including the new Europe and Africa won, plus all eight U.S. regions have yet to be decided. The next final scheduled is Mexico in Reynosa on July 14.