Venezuela gets it done in more ways than one
Venezuela had just four hits Monday night in its second game of pool play against Canada.
But the Latin America champs managed to score nine runs, taking advantage of eight walks and two Canada errors, as they went on to defeat the Saskatchewan Little League All-Stars, 9-3.
The all-stars from Los Leones Little League plated four runs in the first and another five in the second as 1,400 spectators looked on at Volunteer Stadium.
“I am concerned about the offense but I know it will get better,” Venezuela head coach Omar Quintero said of his team’s four hits.
In the opening frame, Hector Garcia and Kevins Landaeta each picked up an RBI on consecutive bases-loaded walks.
In the second, Luis Briceno parked a three-run homer to left-center that had a cruising altitude of just ten feet. The frozen-rope shot increased Venezela’s lead to 7-2. Eduardo Mendez followed with a double to straightaway centerfield. He scored on wild pitch three batters later. Landaeta closed out the scoring when he singled home Jesus Mejias.
“I am thrilled to hit a home run and have three RBI to help my team,” Briceno said. “(The home run pitch) was a fastball down the middle of the plate; a little high. I felt a lot of emotion (as I rounded the bases).”
Kyle Richardson and Eric Bryce each had RBI singles in Canada’s two-run first. Bryce also had an RBI single in the fifth, finishing the night 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Canada next faces Guam Tuesday afternoon at Volunteer Stadium, and Latin America squares off against Saudi Arabia Tuesday evening at Volunteer. These contests close out round-robin play in International Pool C.
“Our goal is to win the next game and be 3-0 heading in to the semi-final round,” Quintero said.