Barron Blazes Mexico to 2-0
Barron’s Ks and Mexico’s
Bats Defeat Russia in Five Innings
By Brandon Miller
a stunning display of pitching dominance, the Matamoros Little
League All-Stars from Matamoros, Mexico, two-hit the Brateevo Little
League All-Stars from Moscow, Russia, en route to an 11-1 victory at
Little League Volunteer Stadium in a five-inning game shortened by
the mercy rule.
With chants of “Josue, Josue, Josue, Josue” the Mexican fans watched
as pitcher Josue Barron dominated the opposition, striking out 12 in
five innings while allowing only two hits and an unearned run.
The performance by Barron gave the Mexico team a 2-0 record in Pool
“He pitched well,” said Matamoros manager Candelario Perez through
interpreter Micah Hughes. “Fortunately we had the advantage at first
because we scored some runs.”
“It felt good,” said Barron. “I was a little nervous at first, but
after I started throwing the ball, we scored and got ahead a little
bit, so I gained a little confidence and threw well from there on
“I think, compared to Japan, Mexico looks the best, which I didn’t
expect,” said Brateevo coach Andrey Tselykovski. “Mexico looks like
the strongest team I ever saw from Mexico.”
Taking advantage of seven Brateevo errors, Matamoros pushed across
eleven runs (seven unearned) on nine hits to back up Barron.
“The point of the game was just to win it,” said Manager Perez. “It
didn’t matter how and it didn’t really matter if it was the fifth
inning or the sixth inning, the point of it was just to get the
Leading the offense was Jose Segoviano who went 3-for-4 with two
singles, a double, and four runs batted in.
Jose Ortiz pitched in with a drive to centerfield that cleared the
fence to start the second inning, and sent the Mexico fans into an
“I’m very happy and very content hitting my first home run of the
tournament,” said Ortiz. “Hopefully I’ll have more.”
Later in the second, Mexico leadoff hitter, Omar Zamora, blooped a
ball into shallow right field that was ruled an error when the
second baseman and right fielder collided trying to make the play.
The throw in to third was high allowing Zamora to score and increase
the lead to 4-0.
Matamoros scored two runs in every inning of the game until the
fifth when they plated three runs, highlighted by a Segoviano
two-run single, to make the lead 11-1 and bring the mercy rule into
When asked about the boisterous fan support, manager Perez said,
“They’ve really been with us all the way. They’ve been supporting us
a lot and it feels very good.”
In a scary moment in the top of the first, Matamoros’ Julio Vargas
was hit in the head by a Vesenev pitch and dropped to the ground
immediately. After being tended to by the medical staff, Vargas
walked off under his own power and was replaced by a special pinch
After dominating World Series qualifying play, the Brateevo
All-Stars have struggled in South Williamsport, having scored only
one run on two hits in their first two games.
“Basically we’re facing much better pitching than back in the
regionals,” said Coach Tselykovski. “A lot of guys throw hard, but
they don’t have the breaking balls. We tried to throw our best guy (Andrey
Vesenev), but he was also a little nervous. He’s only been playing
baseball for two years.”
The Brateevo All-Stars did have their own flashes of brilliance,
however. Shortstop Viktor Elkin made three brilliant defensive plays
in an attempt to keep Russia in the game.
Brateevo Little League’s only run came in the fourth inning, when
Semenov’s single broke up Barron’s no-hit bid. An error on the play
landed Semenov at second base. Three batters later he came in to
score on an error by shortstop Zamora who was trying to complete a
double play to end the inning.
© 2006, Little League Baseball
Please direct comments about this website to