Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mexico’s Bats Were Huge In 13-0 Win Against Latin America

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From Little League By Brenna Urban 

A great effort by slugger Ramon Mendoza led Mexico to a 13-0 win in four innings over Latin America Sunday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium.

Mendoza homered twice, once in the second and again in the fourth, and hit a single for a total of six RBIs for Tijuana, Mexico.

“We knew Panama (Latin America) had a great team, so it was important for us to hit the ball,” said Mendoza. “I gained much confidence after my back-to-back homeruns.”

In the first inning, Mexico’s Brandon Montes smacked a home run over the left center field fence, almost hitting the scoreboard. It set the tone for the team’s offense for the rest of the game.

In all, Mexico had 14 hits during 26 at bats in four innings, five of which were home runs. Additional home runs for Mexico came when Martin Gonzalez and Saul Favela each went deep in the third inning.

Luis Manzo pitched a near perfect game against Latin America with one hit, one walk, and three strikeouts in four innings.

Panama’s Jean Mar Sanchez got the only hit for the Latin America team.

Panama’s manager Luis Gonzalez mentioned in the postgame press conference that it is important to keep his players’ spirits up as they continue on in the series.

“It is a great opportunity to be in the Little League World Series and we are one out of sixteen teams here so I wanted to tell my kids that again to keep them motivated,” said Gonzalez. “Mexico has a great team and hopefully we meet again later in the tournament.”

Both teams came into the game Sunday with one win in tournament play of the Little League Baseball® World Series. Mexico defeated Australia. Latin America defeated the Caribbean team to advance in the winners’ bracket.

Latin America will move on to play Canada on Monday at 6 p.m. in an elimination-round game at Volunteer Stadium. Mexico will continue on in the winners’ bracket playing the winner of the Japan vs. Asia-Pacific game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Lamade Stadium.