Toms River NJ

Toms River, NJ

Toms River New Jersey (NJ)

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Toms River Little League, which finished 5-0, is the first World Series champion from New Jersey since Lakewood's 4-3 victory over Belmont Heights, Tampa, Fla., in 1975.

Tetsuya Furukawa, Kashima's hottest hitter all week with a .555 average and 10 RBIs, hit three of Kashima's five homers. And on two of them, Tatsuya Sugata followed with solo shots of his own. But Kashima, the first team from Japan in the series final since 1976, couldn't overcome Toms River Little League's onslaught.

Sayaka Tsushima, the sixth girl to play in a World Series and the first from a Far East champion, was the first girl to play in a final. She went 0-for-3.

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Toms River Little League, after twice surrendering leads, scored four runs in the sixth inning as Cardone broke out of a 1-for-10 series slump. Gabe Gardner, whose two fifth-inning errors had helped Japan tie the game, drove in two runs with a single to make it 12-8.

After surrendering a 3-0 first-inning lead, Toms River Little League went ahead 8-4 on two run homers by Fisher and Gaynor in the fourth inning and Cardone's pinch hit shot in the fifth.

As they had all day, the Japanese came back behind the second of Furukawa and Sagata's consecutive homers in the fifth inning. Gardner's two errors at third allowed a third run to score, and a passed ball on Frazier's first pitch in relief tied the game 8-8.

Frazier's homer came on Sugata's third pitch of the game. Gaynor's single drove in a second run, but Sugata - who gave up three runs on three hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning got his revenge with a homer in the bottom of the inning.

A Japanese team hadn't been to the final since Chofu, Tokyo, won it in 1976 by beating Campbell, Calif., 10-3

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