Atomanczyk's big day powers Team USA past Japan, 6-3

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TAINAN, Taiwan -- Franklin's Josh Atomanczyk crushed two home runs, while earning the win on the mound, to power the USA Baseball 12U National Team to a 6-3 win over Japan in the second game of the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup, on Friday morning at Tainan Stadium.

Team USA got on the board in the first, when Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) roped a leadoff double to left field and Raffaele Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.) used an RBI-single through the right side to score the first run of the game.

The U.S. struck again in the third when Reiland singled to left field and Atomanczyk followed with a two-run homer to center field, to give the 12U team the 3-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the third inning.

In the fifth inning, back-to-back walks from Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.) and Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) set up Atomanczyk to smash his second home run of the contest, with a three-run shot to right center field and give the United States the 6-1 lead.

With the score 6-3 and one out in the sixth, reliever Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) came in and shut the door with two quick outs to seal the U.S. win and earn his first save of the WBSC U-12 World Cup.

Atomanczyk (2-0) was masterful on the mound, throwing 5-1/3 innings allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out a game-high seven and earning the win. At the plate, Atomanczyk went 2-for-3 with two runs, two home runs and five RBI.

Reiland finished the game 2-of-3 with three runs, while Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Velazquez each went 1-of-3 to pace the Team USA offense.

The 12U team will complete Super Round play in the WBSC U-12 World Cup tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. ET, against Mexico at Tainan Stadium. Fans can watch all Super Round games live on the WBSC YouTube channel or follow the game on or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.