SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – When Isaac Comano’s two-run homer cleared the left-field fence at Volunteer Stadium, there was no one more surprised than Comano.
“It had been a while since I had hit a homer,” Comano said. “I thought it was a double when it left the bat. I was just happy I could contribute.”
Comano drove in four runs to help the Seguro Social Little League of Mexicali, Baja California to defeat Windmills Apledorm Little League of Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 11-1 in four innings in pool play at the Little League World Series on Saturday afternoon.
“I was very proud with how the kids played,” Mexico manager Andres Martinez said. “It was a well-played game (by my team).”
Mexicali (1-0) scored five runs in the bottom of the first to open up an early lead. Diego Briseno walked and Julio Espinoza then singled. Antonio Pantoja then grounded to first base for the first out. The Netherlands first baseman tried to get Espinoza at second base, but the ball was dropped. That error allowed two runs to score. After an out and a pitching change, Victor Briceno singled and went to second an error. After a walk, Camano doubled home two runs to give Mexico Region champions a 4-0 lead. Three consecutive walks forced in the fifth run of the inning.
The Netherlands (0-1) only run came in the top of the second when Radjanne Coffie led off with a solo homer, which made Coffie’s father, Netherlands manager Casper, very proud.
“I was really glad because I knew he could do it,” Casper Coffie said. “It also made sure we weren’t going home without any runs.”
Mexico ended the game via the 10-run rule with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Camano hit his two-run homer in the fourth inning for Mexicali. Cesar Baguer and Briseno had RBI singles for Mexicali in the fourth. Briceno added an RBI sacrifice.
Three Mexicali pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.
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