Saturday's play separated the teams that should be proud of what they've accomplished and the kids who have a shot to make even more noise in the Little League World Series.
We saw blowouts rule the day, but all of the games were played with passion and heart.
Here is a recap of all four games that took place on Saturday:
Caribbean 14 - Europe 2
This one wasn't close in the least bit. The team from Willemstad, Curacao pounded the team from Ramstein Air Base, Germany into a four-inning submission.
Christopher Koeiman and Railison Bentura drove in seven of their team's 14 runs.
Three pitchers combined to limit Europe to two runs on only four hits. This Caribbean team looks very strong, although the European squad wasn't exactly viewed as a powerhouse. This type of domination still deserves some attention.
New England 12 - Midwest 0
The Fairfield, Conn. squad broke open a scoreless tie in the third inning. They took a 3-0 lead over Kearney, Neb. in that frame and added some insurance over the rest of the game.
Their pitching stayed strong throughout.
Matt Kubel continued his sharp LLWS performance. He did not allow a run in the game. Will Lucas drove in five runs to key the New England onslaught.
Mexico 12 - Middle East/Africa 0
The poundings continued in this game. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico destroyed the team from Lugazi, Uganda in this one. It was one of the most dominating wins you'll see. Not only did Mexico score 12 runs, but they didn't allow a hit.
Three pitchers combined for a four-inning no-hitter, and Joel Turrubiates drove in three of his team's 12 runs. Every player with an official at-bat on the MEA team struck out at least once.
It was apparent from the beginning the youngsters from Africa were overmatched, and this one was mercifully called to an end after four innings.
Mid-Atlantic 10 - Northwest 4
Just when it looked like we'd have a close game, Parsippany, N.J. blew this one open in the fifth inning. Emil Matti and Daniel Ruggiero keyed a four-run inning that gave them a big lead over the team from Gresham, Ore.
In the game they combined to go 4-for-6 with six runs scored and four RBI.
Kyle Phillips pitched a strong four innings to shut the door on the Northwest, as his team's offense exploded.
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