Columbus Northern won the Little League World Series yesterday, beating Kawaguchi City, Japan, 2-1 Monday.
It's the second time in 7 years that a team from this area played for the championship ... and the first time a team from this area has ever won it. In 1999, Phenix City National won the U.S. championship and played for the title, but lost to Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, 5-0.
Cody Walker hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning which to give Northern the lead over Japan, which had scored a single run in the top of the third.
Kyle Carter pitched a complete game, giving up only three hits while striking out 11. For Northern it was their 21st win in 22 games of tournament play. Carter became the first pitcher in Little League World Series history to record four wins in a single Series.
The Japanese team was undefeated in post season play until they met Columbus.
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The city of Columbus is planning a big to-do Wednesday at the Civic Center. It'll be on TV. I'll be at the Civic Center.