Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Day, August 21, 4:00pm ET
Monday's game at the Little League World Series was a matchup between Mexico champion Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas and Caribbean champion Willemstad, Curacao, featured two talented 2-1 teams, but Mexico added one more win to their World Series run, defeating the Caribbean, 6-2.
In to the top of the first inning, Caribbean was able to hold off Mexico defensively with the help of pitcher Christopher Koeiman. However in the bottom of the inning, a walk by Mexico's Andres Carrillo allowed the Caribbean to score and take the early 1-0 lead.
Mexico used a 5-run third inning to gain some distance against the Caribbean and take a 5-1 lead. Joel Turrubiates hit an RBI single, sending Sebastian Cuellar home. Ramon Ballina hit a 3-run home run and Eduardo Abrego added another homer to Mexico’s lead.
The bottom of the third allowed Mexico to fend off the Caribbean defensively with a diving catch in right field by Omar Cervantes, but a wild pitch allowed the Caribbean's Richelon Juliana to steal home, helping cut the deficit down, 5-2.
Ballina came in to relieve Carrillo in the fourth. Ballina was given the opportunity to get new glasses yesterday, a gift from a local store owner, something he is extremely grateful for, after his glasses broke earlier in the World Series.
“Well yes, apparently I really do believe it is the glasses,” chuckled Ballina.
Felix Diaz scored on a passed ball in the sixth inning, increasing Mexico's lead, 6-2. Mexico held off all runs by the Caribbean team with Ballina on the mound, giving Mexico the win.
Mexico faces either Latin America champion Aguadulce, Panama, or Tokyo, Japan on Thursday in Lamade Stadium at 4 p.m. with a berth to the International Championship game on the line.
“I actually would rather play Panama,” said Cervantes.
As for Ballina, he says it doesn’t matter who they play.
“They’re both great teams, but we have to go out and beat them," Ballina said.