Little League World Series 2013 Results: Biggest Surprises from Sunday's Action
Blowouts are prone to happen in little league baseball, but nobody expected the surprising results coming out of South Williamsport, Pa. on Sunday.
Of the first three games played in the winner's bracket at the 2013 Little League World Series, two of them were cut short after four innings, thanks to a little league 10-run mercy rule.
As a result, the two losing teams in those contests were spared the indignity of suffering at the hands of the victors for longer than was necessary.
Here's a look at the results from the first three games, courtesy of LittleLeague.org, followed by a closer look at the two blowouts.
Mexico vs. Latin America: 13-0
If you're unfamiliar with the name Ramon Mendoza, you won't be for long.
This young man had himself a game against Latin America, blasting two home runs in four innings to go along with a single and six RBI. As noted by LittleLeagueInsider, he put together the first multihomer game of the Little League World Series:
Ramon Mendoza joins the two homer club for the week.. First multi-homer game of the #LLWS— LittleLeague Insider (@LittleLeaguePro) August 18, 2013
Mendoza wasn't the only young man to play at his best on Sunday, however.
Pitcher Luis Manzo was dealing from the mound. He only allowed a single hit in his four innings of work, amplifying his team's offense with a shutout performance.
The team from Panama had no chance, which is surprising considering its ability to put points on the scoreboard leading up to this contest. In the opening round, Latin America scored nine runs, and as the young men made their way through the Latin America regional, they scored in the double digits on two occasions.
Nobody saw this blowout coming, and it propels Mexico into the next round with some serious momentum.
West vs. Mid-Atlantic: 15-3
Newark National LL had no chance against Eastlake LL on Sunday.
Grant Holman—yes, the same Grant Holman who threw a no-hitter in the first round, as noted by Sporting News—blasted a grand slam in the fourth inning to put into play the mercy rule and put the Mid-Atlantic winners into the loser's bracket:
His dinger was the fourth of the afternoon for Eastlake LL.
Jake Espinoza knocked one out in the first inning and finished with two RBI, Micah Pietila-Wiggs hit a home run in the second inning and finished with four RBI to match Holman, and Michael Gaines smoked one in the third inning to finish with three RBI.
Can Grant Holman continue dominating, or is he due for a letdown performance?
The offensive fireworks put on display by Eastlake LL were unreal.
The one thing Newark National LL can take away from this devastating loss is the fact that it wasn't shut out.
Despite being absolutely hammered by their opponents, the young men on the losing team didn't give up, putting three runs on the board, which will give them confidence in their upcoming elimination game.
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