The 2013 Little League World Series has commenced, and the action in South Williamsport, Pa., hasn't disappointed. Some of the top teams in the world have taken center stage, each hoping to fulfill their dream of becoming world champion.
The question is, which players and teams have put on the most impressive performances of the first two days?
Certain teams came together with the type of balanced effort that leads to championship realizations. Other individuals have taken the world by storm, putting on magnificent performances to lead their team to victory.
One way or another, the following performances have caught our eye.
Grant Holman, Chula Vista, Calif.
Grant Holman of Chula Vista, Calif., represented the West Region in the best manner imaginable. He took the mound for Chula Vista, understanding just how much was on the line against a high-quality Grosse Pointe, Mich. squad.
Holman's response was a complete game no-hitter in a 3-0 Chula Vista victory.
Holman was absolutely sensational, shutting down Grosse Pointe for 7.0 innings. If that number looks off to you, it's because the complete game no-hitter required Holman to pitch into extra innings.
How much better could someone possibly perform?
Answer: Someone couldn't have.
Holman needed every pitch he threw to be borderline perfect, as it was a scoreless game before it headed to extra innings. With his team in need, Holman put on a performance for the ages and etched his name into the record books.
That's not a bad Little League World Series debut.
Brandon Meza, Mexico
Tijuana, Mexico, was absolutely sensational against Perth, Australia. Multiple players stepped up, leading a furious charge and thus becoming one of the teams to beat in South Williamsport.
No individual was quite as impressive as Brandon Meza.
Meza threw 3.2 scoreless innings, striking out eight of the 13 batters he faced. In the end, Meza walked away with the victory and played a major role in Mexico pitching a shutout against a high-powered Australian team.
We're not done.
Not only did Meza pitch well, but he pitched in a double and three RBI for Mexico. The same player who pitched a 3.2 inning shutout at the Little League World Series also drove in three of his team's impressive 12 runs scored.
That's what you call an impressive performance.
Tijuana, Mexico, entered the 2013 Little League World Series with a daunting task ahead of it: defeating Perth, Australia. The Australians had just dominated their region, winning in convincing fashion and booking their ticket as a true underdog.
Just like that, Mexico won 12-0.
If Holman was borderline perfect, Mexico played its cards to perfection, blanking the opposition and posting a monster scoring line. It did this against the same Perth team who outscored its opponents 15-4 from the quarterfinals on to clinch a bid out of Australia.
Plain and simple, Mexico outperformed even its own expectations.
By silencing Australia's bats and dominating a quality pitching staff, Tijuana moves on as a team with as much momentum as any in the nation. It has not only set a new standard for international teams, but it has become the most dominant force at this year's event.
You can thank a certain two-way player and loads of depth for that.