Little League World Series 2013: Showcasing Most Dangerous Teams in Williamsport
Action at the 2013 Little League World Series is heating up as the first weekend in Williamsport, Pa., comes to a close on Sunday night.
While it's too early to project a champion, a handful of dangerous teams have emerged from the pack with some impressive displays on the diamond.
Here, we'll showcase three stellar teams that look poised to make a deep run this August.
Mexico is off to an impressive start in Williamsport this summer after trouncing Australia 12-0 in its opener on Thursday and wiping out Panama 13-0 on Sunday.
The international powerhouse only needed four innings to crush the Aussies, putting up five runs in the second inning and adding on seven more in the third to win via the mercy rule. The Tijuana stars would only need four innings again on Sunday to move past the Panamanians, scoring over a dozen runs in four innings.
What's more, the Mexicans have yet to allow a single run in Williamsport, proving to be the most dominant of the 16 participating teams.
Chula Vista, Calif. (West)
The West region's Chula Vista squad has looked superb early on in Williamsport, especially on the mound and defensively after opening up with a shutout win over the Great Lakes in Friday's opener.
Grant Holman was brilliant on the mound in that victory, pitching a no-hitter through seven innings. He would finish the game with 13 strikeouts. If Holman can continue to dominate on the mound, there's no telling how far this team can go if it can find a spark at the plate.
Keep in mind that it was only two years ago that the West region's Huntington Beach team won the Little League title.
Last year's Little League World Series champion came from Tokyo, and it wouldn't be at all surprising if it supreme again this August.
Which team has been the most dangerous thus far?
Like Chula Vista, Japan had only played one game coming into Sunday. But just like their American rivals, the Japanese made a strong statement in their opening victory, defeating the Czechs 7-3 behind an early offensive explosion that saw the Asians post six runs within the first two innings.
Tokyo would finish the game with 12 hits, compared to just two for the Czechs.
If the team can keep getting off to quick starts the rest of the way, the Japanese representatives won't need phenomenal pitching performances in order to bring home another Little League crown.
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