Game 7
Europe 1 vs. Mexico 2

Saturday, August 16, 2003
4:00PM ET

Olmeca makes quick work of Moscow team
Early homers enough to hold off Russia

By David Graham-Caso
Special Correspondent

In a brisk one-hour, 44-minute game, Olmeca Little League out of Mexico City, Mexico defeated the Khovrino Little League from Moscow, Russia 2-1. A late arriving crowd at Volunteer Stadium missed the run production, all of which took place in the first three innings.

It took two batters in the bottom of the first for Mexico to jump out to an early lead. After leadoff man Miguel Martinez grounded out to third, third baseman Diego Espinosa hit a 206-foot blooper to center. Surprisingly enough for Russia centerfielder Mikhail Nasorin, the center field fence is only 205 feet deep. The next batter, shortstop Alejandro Manjarrez, matched Espinosa’s homer with a shot of his own. Manjarrez tattooed over the left-center field fence the first offering from Russia pitcher Alexey Kozin. The back-to-back solo jobs put Mexico up 2-0.

“The pitcher threw me a fastball, high and inside,” Espinosa said of his round-tripper. “I love to hit fastballs that are high and inside.”

Russia manager Vladimir Eltchaninov attributes the rough first inning to nerves. The Moscow team, which usually plays in front of no more that 100 spectators, has a hard time dealing with the bustling Williamsport crowd.

“That is our big problem here,” said Eltchaninov, who is making his third straight trip to Williamsport as a manager. “Every time our kids are out they’re shaking.”

Russia made up some ground in the top of the third. With runners at the corners and two away, Espinosa could not hold on to a soft liner off the bat of Evgeny Vorotyntsev. The error brought in Alexey Kozin from third, and pulled Russia to within a run.

Olmeca starter Christian Lopez effectively kept the Russian team at bay for 5.2 innings. Lopez allowed only four hits and the unearned run in his winning effort.

With two outs in the sixth and the go-ahead run at the plate, Mexico manager Andres Sanchez opted to bring in Manjarrez to close out the game. Manajarrez picked up the save by striking out Anton Chekailn on three pitches.

“We do not usually bring in pitchers to try and close the game,” Mexican manager Andres Sanchez said through an interpreter. “But with a runner on base, we could have lost with a home run, so I didn’t want to risk anything.”

Lopez struck out seven in his 5.2 innings of work.

Next up for Mexico is Guam Monday at 1 p.m. at Lamade Stadium. Russia will look for its first win of the tournament against Guam Sunday at 7 p.m.


Mexico - Olmeca(Home) vs. Europe - Khovrino(Visitor)
Aug 16 2003 4:05 PM To 5:51 PM Volunteer Stadium, So. Williamsport, Pa.

Game Scoring By Inning:
1
2
3
4
5
6
R
H
E
Europe - Khovrino
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
4
0
Mexico - Olmeca
2
0
0
0
0
x
2
5
1
 
Home Team Box Score:
Mexico - Olmeca
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Martinez, Miguel
1b-rf
3
0
1
0
3
0
8
0
Espinosa, Diego
3b-ss
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
Manjarrez, Alejandro
ss-p
2
1
1
1
2
3
0
0
Sanchez, Victor
c
2
0
0
0
2
0
8
0
Santos, Jose
cf
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Lopez, Christian
p-1b
2
0
1
0
2
3
0
0
Vazquez, Ernesto
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Enriquez, Alfredo
rf
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
Sanchez, Andres
2b
1
0
0
0
1
3
1
0
Velazquez, Daniel
lf
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Piceno, Carlo
2b
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Jiminez, Kevin
rf-3b
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Ortiz, Alejandro
ph
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Caballero, Alberto
dr-lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
18
2
5
2
19
11
18
1
 
Visiting Team Box Score:
Europe - Khovrino
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Kozin, Alexey
p-ss
3
1
1
0
3
0
0
0
Bogdanov, Alexei
ss-2b
3
0
0
0
3
1
0
0
Starodubov, Kirill
c
3
0
2
0
3
0
6
0
Vorotyntsev, Evgeny
1b-p-cf
3
0
0
0
3
0
6
0
Nasorin, Mikhail
cf-p
3
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
Vasilev, Maxim
3b
0
0
0
0
3
3
1
0
Chekalin, Anton
lf-ph
3
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
Dementev, Sergey
2b-1b-rf
2
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
Andrianov, Dmitry
rf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Zhuravlev, Dmitry
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Kashcheev, Nikita

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Talakine, Pavel
1b
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Serkin, Valeriy
rf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Gerasimov, Grigory
rf
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Totals
22
1
4
0
25
4
15
0

Winning Pitcher: Lopez, Christian Losing Pitcher: Kozin, Alexey Game Save: Manjarrez, Alejandro
IP
R
ER
ERA
H
K
BB
HP
TP
KP
BP
Mexico - Olmeca
Lopez, Christian
5.7
1
0
0.00
4
7
3
0
124
77
47
Manjarrez, Alejandro
.3
0
0
0.00
0
1
0
0
4
4
0
Europe - Khovrino
Kozin, Alexey
3.0
2
2
4.00
5
2
0
0
46
31
15
Vorotyntsev, Evgeny
1.0
0
0
0.00
0
2
0
0
13
9
4
Nasorin, Mikhail
1.0
0
0
0.00
0
1
0
0
9
7
2
ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game
 
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