Arms outstretched in the air with a smile from ear-to-ear, Noriatsu Osaka couldn’t contain his glee.
Neither could his teammates from Tokyo after Osaka’s third home run of the game put an exclamation point on Japan’s 12-2 victory over Tennessee in five innings in the Little League World Series title game Sunday.
The 12-year-old Osaka added a triple for good measure, too, to top off his 4-for-4 afternoon. In a symbolic gesture, Japan’s players jogged the traditional postgame victory lap carrying the flags for both their home country and the United States.
“We had such a great time in Pennsylvania and we really played a good game today. It was kind of a, `Thanks,”‘ Osaka said through an interpreter.
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