Japan loses in opener of LLWS for first time since 1965
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Loreto Siniscalchi struck out 13 in 5 2/3 innings and Canada upset Tokyo 10-4 on Friday to snap Japan's 23-game opening round winning streak in the Little League World Series.
It was Japan's first loss to open a LLWS since 1965.
Canada, a club from Vancouver, British Columbia, opened the first inning with two straight singles and took a 2-0 lead after a fielder's choice and a double steal. Siniscalchi scored on a passed ball in the third and Sean Coventry crossed home on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. Japan had five wild pitches in the first three innings.
Cristian Santarelli smashed a two-run homer over the center-field wall in the fourth for a 6-0 lead. In the fifth, Canada loaded the bases with one out. Stefano Dal Sasso had a RBI single up the middle and Nathan Clegg drove in two runs with a bloop double for a 9-1 lead.
Japan got on the board in the fourth when So Hirao scored from second after a throwing error to first. Japan tacked on two runs in the sixth.