Little League World Series 2012 Scores: Recapping Top Day 4 Performances

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Little League World Series 2012 Scores: Recapping Top Day 4 Performances
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The Little League World Series is made of epic performances. 

Every year these kids battle it out in what turn out to be some of the greatest sporting events of the year, providing constant thrills along the way.

Sunday was no different.

Let's take a look at the best performances from Day 4 as these kids continued to impress. 

For a full look at Day 4's scores, click here

 

James Gonzalez, SS, Panama

Edisson Gonzalez deserves credit for baffling British Columbia to the tune of four innings, two hits, two walks and eight strikeouts during Panama's 8-3 win, but for the best performance, I'll go with the "other" Gonzalez. 

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James, who struck out six in two innings (yes, all the outs were K's) on Friday, showed off the bat on Sunday, cranking two home runs and six RBI in four at-bats. 

For what it's worth, Edisson added three hits and two runs scored batting in front of James. If the Gonzalez combo can continue to provide a 1-2 punch like this both on the mound and in the batter's box, Panama, which improved to 2-0, is going to be tough to beat. 

 

Jake Rucker, P/SS, Tennessee

Tennessee and California went down to the wire in what was arguably the best game of the LLWS so far, but a four-run sixth inning helped the Southeast squad pull out a 9-6 win and 2-0 record.

A big part of that was Jake Rucker.

Not only did the 5'6" righty come on in the fifth to pitch 1.2 solid innings for the win, he continually set the table as Tennessee's leadoff hitter. Rucker racked up three hits, two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.

That's what you would call a two-way player. 

 

Jordan Cardenas, C/SS, Texas

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Texas' 13-3 rout over Indiana was a true team effort. Six different kids had two hits, three scored multiple runs and four drove in multiple runs, making it hard to pick out a top performance. 

Still, Jordan Cardenas was the table-setter. Not only did he hit a bomb, his second of the tournament, he added two hits, three runs, two RBI and drew two walks. The youngster reached base four times in five plate appearances, truly establishing himself as the spark to Texas' dominant offense.

With yet another huge win, this Texas squad improves to 17-0 on the summer. Can you say powerhouse?

 

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Hajime Motegi, 2B, Japan

First of all, in a game that was 0-0 until the ninth inning, the pitchers clearly deserve some credit. 

Yuta Ishida of Japan went six innings, giving up just three hits and striking out 11. For Taiwan, Chun-Hsiao Chen was just as good, as he went six innings, struck out 11 and gave up just two hits. 

But despite those gems, it was always going to be a hitter who came out as the hero, and Motegi became that hero.

With one on in the bottom of the ninth, Motegi crushed a pitch over the center field wall, giving Japan the 2-0 win and 2-0 record.

It was a clutch bomb to end an instant classic.

 

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