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IWAKI, Japan –  Cuba defeated Japan, 9-4, in the world championship finale of the III WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup at Iwaki Green Stadium to retain the nation’s status as world champions in the youth category.

World No. 5 Cuba scored five runs in the second inning and three more in the 4th to jump out to an early 8-0 lead over top-ranked Japan, as pitcher Livian Chaviano helped silence Japan’s bats through six innings to earn the win.  Chaviano was named to the U-15 All-World 2016 Team.

First baseman Loidel Chapelli (5-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 R) powered the Cuban National Team against Japan and made dazzling defensive plays, including a diving play on the final out of the game.  Chapelli, who batted .444 overall, was named the Most Valuable Player of the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016.

Japan first baseman Shota Katekaru went 4-for-5.

In the Opening Round, Japan had defeated Cuba by a score of 4-0.