Day 3 of the 2012 Little League World Series was all about staying alive.
There were three games on Saturday, and all of them featured teams that lost their first game in this double-elimination tournament. New England, Curacao and Mexico all prevailed to preserve their championship hopes, and they looked great doing so. None of these games went the distance before falling prey to the mercy rule.
The teams from the Midwest, Germany and Africa all suffered their second loss and are now out of the running for the title. However, they will all get to play one more game before seeing their trip to Williamsport conclude.
Check out the scores and some the day's top performances below.
Day 3 Final Scores
New England (Fairfield) 12, Midwest (Kearney) 0
Caribbean (Curacao) 14, Europe (Germany) 2
Mexico (Nuevo Laredo) 12, MAE (Uganda) 0
View all scores here.
Matt Kubel, Fairfield
On a day when Fairfield didn't need much from their pitchers, they got a lot from Matt Kubel.
He went 4.2 innings and allowed just two hits without surrendering a walk and striking out six.
Will Lucas, Fairfield
Will Lucas was a big part of the reason why Fairfield didn't need a lot from their pitchers.
Lucas had two at-bats and belted out two hits, which included a home run and five RBI. He also pitched to one batter and struck him out.
Railison Bentura, Curacao
Railison Bentura made the most of his three at-bats, as he totaled two hits and drove in four runs.
He also did a little of everything in the field by playing first and third base and right field.
Christopher Koeiman, Curacao
In the first inning, Koeiman blasted a three-run homer, which proved to be more offense than his team would need for the entire game.
That was his lone hit in his two at-bats while he played first and third base.
Joel Turrubiates, Mexico
Mexico and Uganda actually ended the first inning tied at zero. Then the Mexican bats woke up in a big way, and Turrubiates hit the blast that got them rolling.
He hit the first of Mexico's three home runs, and it was a three-run blast.
Turrubiates also pitched a perfect inning and recorded two strikeouts.
Felix Diaz, Mexico
Felix Diaz hit a solo home run that might still be going. It cleared the fence, fans, a road and probably some state lines. This kid has some power in his bat.
That was his only hit in his two at-bats, but Diaz also mowed them down on the mound. He pitched two perfect innings and notched four strikeouts.