Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 2012, 5:00pm ET
Aguadulce, Panama defeated Lugazi, Uganda, 9-3, on Friday evening at Volunteer Stadium in the Little League World Series.
Latin America pitcher Julio Goff started a 5-run rally with his line drive RBI single in the bottom of the second inning, giving Latin America a great start that put Middle East-Asia in a hole it struggled to climb out of .
MEA was clearly the crowd favorite in the stands today, which made it hard for Panama to get comfortable against the loud, cheering crowd. No parents of players from the MEA team were able to make the trip from Uganda to South Williamsport to attend the game.
“The players were very nervous during the first inning,” assistant Latin America coach Carlos Velis said. “We usually play in smaller stadiums, but they relaxed after the first inning as you could tell.”
Latin America shortstop James Gonzalez hit a line drive double in the bottom of the third inning to continue their dominance.
MEA made a last stand by Daniel Alio when he hit a 2-run home run in the top of the sixth inning, bringing Felix Enzama home and giving MEA three runs since Enzama scored earlier during the third inning.
“This is the biggest crowd that they’ve ever played for,” MEA manager Henry Odong said. “It was something else to hear everyone cheering for us. Even when we were losing they still cheered,” Odong said.
Be sure to keep an eye on the MEA team as they play Mexico in the losers' bracket Saturday in an elimination game. Panama advances in the winners' bracket to play Canada on Sunday.