Caribbean and Japan both threatened with rallies, but it was Pariba Little League that eventually took advantage in a 2-1 win at Volunteer Stadium. The loss by Japan Region Champion Chofu Little League ended the country's title defense, and marked the first time since 1962 that the island nation had lost consecutive Little League Baseball World Series games.
Donovan Antonia slugged a fourth-inning home run to tie the game at 1-1. A bases-loaded walk to Nair Jamanika in the fifth inning proved to be the difference, scoring Egory Manuela with the eventual winning run.
Jadon Gosepa struck out seven hitters en route to the Caribbean win. Gosepa allowed one earned run, four hits, and no walks over five innings.
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So Hirao drove in one Japan's lone talyly, blasting a solo home run in the top half of the fourth inning.
Sosuke Igawa took the mound loss for Japan, going 4 1/3 innings, walking two, with four strikeouts, and two runs allowed.
Caribbean closer Gedionne Marlin put away the final three outs to record the save.
Chofu Little League will play its third and final game of the 2016 World Series against McCallister Park American Little League in Consolation Game B on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. on Howard J. Lamade Stadium. The Southeast Region winners fell to Chula Vista Little League, representatives from the West Region, to set this match-up.
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