SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- After Mexico defeated Connecticut by a run in the Little League World Series consolation game, the teams shook hands and departed, sad they hadn't made it another game but satisfied with what they achieved.

"We'll reflect on this for sure," said Tim Rogers, manager of Westport, Conn. "I could not be more proud of the kids. They proved that they belong here, playing baseball right at the top of the world. Look how competitive they are. For them to stick with it, work, work, work, that's more important."

Brandon Montes, Ramon Mendoza, Saul Favela, and Miguel Artalejo hit home runs for Mexico, which beat Connecticut 15-14. Mexico's World Series run ended with a 3-2 loss Saturday to Japan for the international title.

Chad Knight slammed two home runs and drove in seven runs in the game, which featured a World Series-record nine home runs. Harry Azadian had a three-run homer and Matt Brown and Matt Stone had solo shots for Connecticut, which lost 12-1 to Chula Vista, Calif., in the U.S. title game on Saturday.

Connecticut fell behind 11-6 heading to the fifth inning after Favela's home run keyed a three-run Mexico rally in the fourth.

Undaunted as they had been the entire tournament, the New England champions promptly scored five runs in the top of the fifth to tie it, with Azadian hitting a three-run homer and Stone following with his homer.

"They don't give up," said Rogers, who didn't know how he would adjust once he returned home. "Sure, we would have liked to have won, but the way they battled, we're feeling good."

The game ended an emotion-packed week for both teams, but they put on a real show in their final act.

"All the people in Tijuana should be proud," Mexico manager Francisco Fimbres said. "This is the first time for the league here at the World Series. I'm very proud of my kids."

And why not.

Mexico overcame two losses to Japan and finished third in the world.

"It's exciting because a lot of teams in the world wish they could be here," Martin Gonzalez said. "Third place for us is pretty amazing."

Mexico won this one with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, keyed by Artalejo's three-run homer. It was just enough because Knight hit a three-run shot with two outs in the top of the sixth.

Fimbres had to play the role of father before the game as Montes began crying during warm-ups, his base-running blunder against Japan on Saturday too hard to forget.

"Yesterday, he was very sad," Fimbres said. "It's a hard thing to come back from. It's hard for him to come back that fast, but he's doing better now. Yesterday, he felt guilty, but he bounced back. He's one of the greatest players that we saw."

Montes slammed his fifth homer of the World Series, a drive that easily carried the center-field wall in the second inning against Connecticut. He's the fifth player in Little League World Series history to hit five home runs. The record is seven, set in 1996 by Chin-Hsiung Hsieh of Taiwan.

Both teams departed Lamade Stadium with memories that surely will last a lifetime.

Torched for 10 runs in an inning by Sammamish, Wash., on Friday, Connecticut rallied with seven runs an inning later, tying it at 13 on Knight's home run. Max Popken, Ricky Offenberg, Alex Reiner, and Tatin Llamas also homered in a riveting 14-13 victory, won by Knight with a single in the seventh inning.

The Connecticut players can only imagine what might have been – they had a chance to beat eventual U.S. champion Chula Vista, Calif., on Wednesday night and failed.

Brown hit a three-run homer for Westport, and the Northeast champions seemed headed for a big victory. But California's Nick Mora hit his second homer of the game to make it 3-2 with one out in the top of the sixth and Chula Vista tied it when Reiner threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Chula Vista won 6-3 on Grant Holman's three-run homer in the ninth inning.

There's a parade back home in Connecticut on Monday and school beckons on Tuesday.

Time to move on.

"It'll be hard. It'll be a little rocky, but we'll figure it out," Rogers said. "I knew that we were a good team and had a chance to have a good summer. To get here to compete, that's amazing."

Mexico had its moments, too, beating its first two opponents handily with a barrage of home runs. But Tijuana couldn't overcome the efficient Tokyo team, losing 5-2 on Wednesday and 3-2 in the heart-wrenching international championship game on Saturday.

With the score tied at 2, Montes had led off the bottom of the fifth for Mexico with a double down the left-field line and was at third with one out when Favela hit a high fly to deep center. Montes took a few steps toward home, stopped, and didn't have time to go back and tag up. He was stranded at third when Brandon Meza struck out.

When Takuma Gomi led off the top of the sixth inning with a game-winning home run, Tijuana, too, was left to wonder what might have been.

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  • Kyousuke Kobayashi

    Tokyo, Japan's Kyousuke Kobayashi celebrates after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Kevin Bateman II

    Tokyo, Japan players, top, celebrate as Chula Vista, Calif.'s Kevin Bateman II walks off the field after the Little League World Series Championship baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Ryusei Hirooka, Patrick Archer

    Tokyo, Japan, catcher Ryusei Hirooka, top, blocks the plate and tags out Chula Vista, Calif.'s Patrick Archer (3) who tried to tag up and score on a fly out by Calif.'s Jake Espinoza in the fifth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. The team from Tokyo, Japan won 6-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Shunpei Takagi

    Tokyo, Japan's Shunpei Takagi, left, celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run during the third inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Kyousuke Kobayashi

    Tokyo, Japan's Kyousuke Kobayashi reacts after Chula Vista, Calif.'s Patrick Archer was thrown out at home trying to score on a fly-out by Jake Espinoza in the fifth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Kevin Bateman II

    Tokyo, Japan players, right, celebrate as Chula Vista, Calif.'s Kevin Bateman II walks off the field after the Little League World Series Championship baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Chula Vista, Calif., players and coaches, left, meet with their Tokyo, Japan, counterparts after the Little League World Series Championship baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan, players and coaches pose after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan, players and coaches pose after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • The Tokyo, Japan, Little League team celebrates after a 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif. in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Shou Miyao

    Tokyo, Japan, shortstop Shou Miyao celebrates after getting the final out of a 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif., in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. The team from Tokyo won 6-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • The Tokyo, Japan, Little League team celebrates after a 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif., in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Nick Mora, Giancarlo Cortez

    Chula Vista, Calif.'s Giancarlo Cortez, right, and Nick Mora wait during a pitching change against Tokyo, Japan, in the fifth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Yasiel Puig

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig watches the Little League World Series during batting practice before their baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Chris Christie

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Little League World Series Championship baseball game between Chula Vista, Calif., and Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Kyousuke Kobayashi

    Tokyo, Japan's Kyousuke Kobayashi celebrates after Japan won the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. The Tokyo team won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Ryusei Hirooka

    Tokyo, Japan's Ryusei Hirooka (5) drives in two-runs with a double off Chula Vista, Calif., pitcher Ricky Tibbet in the fifth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. The team from Tokyo, Japan won 6-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Nick Mora, Ryusei Hirooka

    Chula Vista, Calif.'s Nick Mora, left, collides with Tokyo, Japan's Ryusei Hirooka to score on a two-run single by Giancarlo Cortez during the fourth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • The Tokyo, Japan, Little League team celebrates after a 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif., in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • The Tokyo, Japan, Little League team celebrates after a 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif., in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Shou Miyao, Michael Gaines

    Tokyo, Japan, shortstop Shou Miyao, left, tags out Chula Vista, Calif.'s Michael Gaines (15) to complete a double for the final out of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Chris Christie, Jake Espinoza

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, high fives Chula Vista, Calif.'s Jake Espinoza before Christie threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Little League World Series Championship baseball game between Chula Vista and Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Chula Vista, Calif.'s Giancarlo Cortez (16) and Michael Gaines (15) watch the team from Tokyo, Japan celebrate after their 6-4 win over Calif., in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Micah Pietila-Wiggs, Ryusei Hirooka

    Chula Vista, Calif.'s Micah Pietila-Wiggs, left, collides with Tokyo, Japan's Ryusei Hirooka after being forced out at home plate on a fielder's choice by Grant Holman during the fourth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan, players and coaches parade through the outfield after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan, players and coaches bow in center field after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Grant Holman

    Chula Vista, Calif.'s Grant Holman reacts after striking out to Tokyo, Japan's Kazuki Ishida during the second inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • The Tokyo, Japan, Little League team celebrates after a 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif., after the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • The Chula Vista, Calif. team walks off the field after a 6-4 loss to Tokyo, Japan in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • The Tokyo, Japan, Little League team celebrates after a 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif., during the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Grant Holman

    Chula Vista, Calif.'s Grant Holman adjusts his hat after giving up a home run to Tokyo, Japan's Shunpei Takagi during the third inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Shunpei Takagi

    Tokyo, Japan's Shunpei Takagi reacts as he rounds third base after hitting a home run off Chula Vista, Calif.'s Grant Holman during the third inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Shunpei Takagi , Ricky Tibbet

    Tokyo, Japan's Shunpei Takagi, left, celebrates as he rounds the bases past Chula Vista, Calif.'s Ricky Tibbet after hitting a home run during the third inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan players parade with the championship banner after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Giancarlo Cortez

    Chula Vista, Calif.'s Giancarlo Cortez rests on second base during the sixth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan players celebrate after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Micah Pietila-Wiggs, Michael Gaines, Kevin Bateman II, Giancarlo Cortez

    From left to right, Chula Vista, Calif.'s Micah Pietila-Wiggs, Kevin Bateman II, Michael Gaines and Giancarlo Cortez watch as Tokyo, Japan, celebrates after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan players celebrate after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan, players celebrate after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Kyousuke Kobayashi

    Tokyo, Japan's Kyousuke Kobayashi reacts after Japan won the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tokyo, Japan, players celebrate after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Chula Vista, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Tokyo, Japan, won 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Takuma Gomi, Patrick Archer

    Tokyo, Japan's Takuma Gomi (15) is tagged out attempting to score by Chula Vista, Calif., catcher Patrick Archer (3) on a wild pitch in the first inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Takuma Gomi, Patrick Archer

    Tokyo, Japan's Takuma Gomi (15) is tagged out by Chula Vista, Calif., catcher Patrick Archer (3) while attempting to score on a wild pitch in the first inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Takuma Gomi, Patrick Archer

    Tokyo, Japan's Takuma Gomi (15) is tagged out by Chula Vista, Calif., catcher Patrick Archer, right, while attempting to score on a wild pitch in the first inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Micah Pietila-Wiggs, Kazuki Ishida

    Tokyo, Japan, pitcher Kazuki Ishida (10) covers home as Chula Vista, Calif.'s Micah Pietila-Wiggs scores from third on a wild pitch in the first inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Micah Pietila-Wiggs, Kazuki Ishida

    Tokyo, Japan, pitcher Kazuki Ishida, right, covers home as Chula Vista, Calif.'s Micah Pietila-Wiggs scores from third on a wild pitch in the first inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Grant Holman

    Chula Vista, Calif., pitcher Grant Holman delivers against Tokyo, Japan, in the first inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Kazuki Ishida

    Tokyo, Japan, pitcher Kazuki Ishida delivers against Chula Vista, Calif., in the first inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Tijuana, Mexico, Little League parents and fans celebrate after the final out of a 15-14 win over Westport, Conn., in a consolation baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug, 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Martin Gonzalez, Miguel Artalejo, Brandon Montes

    Tijuana, Mexico, pitcher Martin Gonzalez, left, celebrates with teammates Miguel Artalejo, center, and Brandon Montes (14) after getting the final out of a 15-14 win over Westport, Conn., in a consolation baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug, 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Chad Knight, Luis Manzo

    Westport, Conn.'s Chad Knight, left, rounds third past Tijuana, Mexico, third baseman Luis Manzo (19) after hitting a two-run home run off Mexico's, pitcher Miguel Artalejo in the first inning of a consolation baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug, 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)