Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 | 8:45 a.m.
Mountain Ridge Little League was defeated 5-0 today by Japan in the consolation game of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Mountain Ridge of northwest Las Vegas, the first Nevada team to reach the event, was limited to three hits by Japan starter Takuma Takahashi. Takahashi finished with 11 strikeouts, giving him 35 strikeouts with just one walk in 15 innings pitched at the World Series.
Mountain Ridge lost 7-5 Saturday to Chicago in the U.S. championship game, falling for the first time this summer in 17 games. So, for their last game of a near two-week stay in Williamsport, manager Ashton Cave played most of his regular bench players to give them a chance to further enjoy the experience.
Three Mountain Ridge players had singles — Josiah Cromwick, Dallan Cave and Alex Barker.
Japan hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead. It scored two more runs in the fifth.
Mountain Ridge finishes fourth in the 16-team event.
It will soon return to Las Vegas for the first time in nearly a month — they traveled from the West Regional in California directly to Williamsport — to begin school this week.
South Korea and Chicago play later today for the world championship.