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Japan Clobbers Guam 10-0

August 21, 2002

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ Tatsuhiko Numakura hit a two-run homer and Yoshinori Satoh struck out eight in the four-inning game as Sendai, Japan, beat Agana, Guam, 10-0 Wednesday in the first international semifinal at the Little League World Series.

Japan (4-0) advanced to Saturday’s international championship game and will face the winner of Thursday’s semifinal between Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and Valencia, Venezuela.

The first U.S. semifinal was Wednesday night with Louisville, Ky. meeting Fort Worth, Texas. The other semifinal _ Worcester, Mass. vs. Harlem, N.Y. _ is Thursday. The U.S. championship game is Saturday.

Japan scored five runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead. Tsukasa Satoh had a two-run triple, Yoosuke Katoh a run-scoring single and Numakura hit his third home run of the series.

The game was called because of Little League’s mercy rule when Japan added four runs in the fourth.

Guam (2-2) had just two hits, and no runner advanced past first base.

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