Sunday's early Little League World Series games had a little bit of everything.
There was a dominant team performance, complete with some jaw-dropping individual showings both in the batter's box and on the mound. There was a thrilling nail-biter that first looked like another blowout but quickly turned into a near epic comeback.
In essence, it took just two games to show what this tournament is all about—talented youngsters putting on professional-quality shows.
Let's take a closer look at the results.
Note: You can find a complete scoreboard, schedule and list of results here at LittleLeague.org
Mexico Crushes Latin America, 13-0
Goodness. It's going to take something very special to beat Mexico's Tiajuana squad, which has now outscored its opponents 25-0 after beating up on Australia on Thursday.
Latin America representative Aguadulce really never stood a chance.
Tijuana's Luis Manzo gave up just one hit and one walk through four innings, while Ramon Mendoza put on a scintillating show at the plate.
Displaying everything a cleanup hitter should be, Mendoza went three-for-four with two home runs, a grand slam and six RBI.
The onslaught didn't stop there.
Tijuana also got homers from Saul Favela, Brandon Montes and Martin Gonzalez as the first five hitters in the order went a ridiculous 11-for-15 with five home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. You know, just an ordinary slash line of .733/.750/3.467.
Unsurprisingly, the game was over after four innings, as Tijuana advanced to play the winner of Asia Pacific (Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei) and Japan (Tokyo) on Wednesday for a spot in the International Championship.
Aguadulce will play Canada (Ottawa, Ontario) in an elimination game on Monday.
Westport Survives Against Sammamish, 9-7
It looked as though Westport, the New England representative, was going to stroll easily past the Northwest's Sammamish squad.
Thanks to a double, homer and five RBI from Harry Azadian, who was also dominant on the mound through the first three innings, Westport led 9-1 going into the bottom of the fourth.
Not so fast.
Sammamish finally got to Azadian, chasing him from the mound with two runs (he still finished with a very good four strikeouts and two earned runs in 3.1 innings) in the fourth before adding another four in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 9-7.
Alex Reiner was brilliant in relief, though, slamming the door closed with two shutout innings to preserve the win for Westport. Now 2-0, they will play the West (Chula Vista) on Wednesday.
The squad from Washington will battle the Midwest (Urbandale, Iowa) to attempt to keep their dreams alive.
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