2011 Little League Baseball World Series
Williamsport, Pennsylvania - August 18 - 28

Game 1: Asia-Pacific 0 vs. Mexico 3

Mexico Opens 65th Little League World Series with Memorable Shutout


Author: Josh Gibble, World Series Correspondent

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, 1:00pm ET

A 12-strikeout performance from pitcher Jorge Jacobo helped the Mexico Region team to a 3-0 victory in the first game of the 65th Little League Baseball World Series, and handed Chinese Taipei its first shout out in 55 Little League World Series games.

Mexico may not have been as offensively dominate as their qualifying round performances, but the team from Mexicali showed that it could get it done on both sides of the ball.

"It was an enormous win for the rest of the Series," said Mexico manager Francisco Picos McDonough, "We will take it one day at a time."

Employing "small ball," Mexico set up its first run. Carlos Arellano was bunted over after leading off with a single. Jacobo doubled into center field for an RBI double. Next batter Alonso Garcia continued the rally, driving in Jacobo allowing Mexico to jump out to an early two-run lead.

Defensively, Mexico had the Asia-Pacific team contained from the start, retiring the first five batters. Jacobo struck out the first four batters and got the following batter to pop up to left field.

"I was happy to be on the spot and establish them [my pitches] from the beginning" Jacobo said. "My teammates got a jumpstart from the beginning and I got really confident after that and my defense really came up for me."

"It was an enormous win for the rest of the Series," said Mexico manager Francisco Picos McDonough, "We will take it one day at a time."

Chinese Taipei's defense struggled from the start, but nothing hit harder than the third inning. The team committed three errors in the inning. A tough bounce to the third baseman Chen-Tso Tseng saved a run but allowed the batter to reach with one out and the bases all occupied.

With bases loaded a pop-up to centerfield would fall between the three players. The infield fly rule was called, but Jacobo was able to cross home plate.

The woes wouldn't end there for the defense. The team committed five total errors. The shining light for Asia-Pacific was pitcher Chia-Hao Ko, who gave up three hits in the first inning, but settled down to strike out five batters during his time on the mound.