Japanís Ren Takeuchi (22) pitches in the first inning of a loser-out game against Mexico on Thursday at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ó Ren Takeuchi pitched into the fourth inning and drove in three runs, helping Japan beat Mexico 12-1 on Thursday to advance to the international championship of the Little League World Series.Suguru Kanamori homered twice and drove in four runs for Japan, which plays South Korea for the title on Saturday. Japan lost 4-2 to South Korea on Wednesday.Takeuchi allowed one hit, Juan Garzaís leadoff homer in the first, in 3? innings. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate in the five-inning game.Japan also got a solo homer from Hayato Ueshima in the first inning.