|Matamoros comes through late for first tourney win
Power was the story at Volunteer Stadium this afternoon.
A total of four home runs were hit in Game 14 between Mexico and Canada,
but it was Mexico that came out on top in the end, 6-5.
The Matamoros Little League, out of Tamaulipas, Mexico, improved to 1-1 in pool play with their come-from-behind victory. A crowd of 3,400 was on hand to see Mexico’s powerful line up defeat the Calgary West Little League.
In the bottom of the sixth with two outs and the game tied, Pedro Rodriguez singled to the left side to score Roberto Mancias
and cap the comeback.
“I was waiting for a curveball and I got it,’ Rodriguez said.
“This come-from-behind win is huge for us,” said Mexico manager Tomas Castillo. “It really picks up the kid’s spirits. I think that the momentum from this game will carry us really far.”
Mexico trailed Canada, 5-1, heading into the fourth inning when pinch hitter Francisco Castilleja sent a two-run homer over the wall to pull his team to within two runs. Ciro Castillo tied up the game up during the next inning with a two-run home run of his own.
“I wasn’t swinging for the fences, but that fact that a homerun would tie up the game was in the back of my mind,” Castillo said.
Canada shortstop Jesse Sawyer got his team on the board first. With two outs in the top half of the first, Sawyer hit a shot over the right-center field fence. Sawyer’s solo jack gave Canada 1-0 lead.
“Jesse has been the leader of the team,” said Canada manager Barry Sawyer. “He has been the source of most of our home runs this summer.”
Canada scored again in the second inning, but this time it was Michael Duessoy’s bat that was responsible for the runs. With two men on and two outs, Dusseoy crushed a ball over the center field fence to give his team a 4-0 lead.
“That was the first homerun that Michael has ever hit,” Sawyer said. “That was really exciting for him. Now when all is said and done, he can say that he hit a homerun in the Little League World Series.”
- David Graham-Caso