White Rock, British Columbia’s Robert Orr, center, celebrates with teammates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Reynosa, Mexico, pitcher Andre Garza during the third inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. Mexico won 6-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Mexico and Japan clash for berth in LLWS championship game

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mexico is two wins away from claiming its fourth Little League World Series title, but it has to go through powerhouse Japan and one of the two remaining U.S. teams to accomplish that feat.

Mexico next plays 10-time Little League World Series champion Japan in the international championship game on Saturday, and through three contests, Japan has shown hardly any signs of weakness.

STORY SO FAR: Japan, which has won four of the last seven Little League World Series titles, has outscored opponents 22-1 in this year’s tournament, cruising the whole way. The Japanese team, which is from Tokyo, downed Australia, South Korea and Canada in that order.

Mexico has played five games so far, and has scored 29 runs while allowing six, though four of those came in its lone loss against Venezuela in the tournament’s opening match. Since then, the Mexicans from Reynosa, along the Texas border at Hidalgo, have defeated Italy, South Korea, Venezuela in a rematch, and Canada.

This year’s Little League World Series has a special significance for Mexico, as it marks the 60th anniversary since the 1957 Mexico team became the first international team to win the tournament.

WHO TO WATCH: Andre Garza (Mexico) is batting .571 with three home runs and six RBIs over his five tournament games. What’s more impressive is he has recorded only seven official at-bats, as he has walked in his six other plate appearances.

Natsuki Yajima (Japan) is 6 for 10 (.600) in three Little League World Series games, with three doubles, a home run and five runs scored.

DID YOU KNOW?: There have been eight shutouts in this year’s Little League World Series, five of which belong to either Japan or Mexico.

Just Posted

Construction underway at Medicine River Wildlife Centre in Red Deer

The new building is twice the size of the old one

Fish for free

No license is required to ice fish on Family Day weekend

Music industry struggles to shake ugly legacy of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

TORONTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer rings in the Chinese New Year

A couple hundred fill Festival Holiday to ring in the Year of the Dog

WATCH: From humble beginnings Red Deer-based wrestling promotion is growing

It wasn’t that long ago that Dylon Featherstone and the Canadian Wrestling… Continue reading

WATCH Replay Red Deer Feb. 18: Your weekly news highlights

Watch news from Red Deer and Central Alberta

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect… Continue reading

Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail

Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

WATCH: Polar dippers brave icy water to raise money for Sylvan Lake charities

The water may have been cold, but the amount of money raised… Continue reading

WATCH: Cat yoga — the purr-fect de-stresser, says Red Deer-area cafe owner

Felines and humans stretch together each month at Alley Cat Cafe

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month