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Latin America's Pitching and Offense Paved the Way for 12-0 Win Over Canada
By Brenna Urban
Game Attendance: 7,968
Latin America gave the crowd of 7,986 people at Volunteer Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., a show Monday evening, defeating Canada 12-0 in four innings of play.
For the team from Aguadulce, Panama, Edgardo Rosales did not allow a hit while he was on the mound for two and a half innings, striking out four batters. Latin America’s offense backed Rosales up with 13 hits for 12 runs.
“We hit at the right moments and had some great pitching today to make us successful,” said Latin America’s manager Luis Gonzalez.
Latin America came into the game after losing to Mexico 13-0 Saturday afternoon. That loss gave Panama’s entire team the motivation to come back stronger and play harder.
“I was very nervous coming into the game, but am very happy that we won,” said pitcher Rosales.
Rosales hit a homer to left field to ignite Latin America’s offense in the second inning, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Following was a two-run triple by Rafael Eysseric, an RBI single by Jean Mar Sanchez, and a two-run single by Juan Crisp to give Latin America’s offense the early 6-0 lead with six total hits.
Latin America added six more runs in the top of the third inning. A bases-loaded walk scored Jordan Agrazal and was followed by Jean Cornejo’s two-RBI double.
Jack Walsh had Canada’s only hit of the game, a hard ground ball to center field, but it was not enough to fire up Canada’s offense in the fourth inning.
Clay Surrett and Angus Adams had a combined four strikeouts for an admirable effort by Canada’s defense.
Manager Mark Keeping stressed in the postgame press conference that just being able to play in the Little League Baseball® World Series has been a fantastic experience for Canada’s players, coaches and family.
“I’ve spent three years with these guys, we are like a family. I’ve seen these kids grow up and we’ve made a lot of memories,” Keeping said, “memories that will last a lifetime.”
Both teams came into the game Monday evening with 1-1 records for the series. Latin America defeated Caribbean in their first game, but fell to Mexico Sunday afternoon. Canada lost to Asia-Pacific in their first game, but defeated Europe-Africa on Saturday to continue on in tournament play.
Latin America will move on to play Asia-Pacific Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.