Canada falls 10-0 at the hands of Latin America
Latin America Region Champions, Coquivquoa Little League used a combination of strong pitching and solid hitting to propel them to a 10-0 victory over Canada Region Champions, South Vancouver Little League, eliminating Canada from the Little League Baseball® World Series.
“We had a good combination today of offense and defense,” manager Jesus Rafael Arangueren said.
Jose Luis Atencio and Edgardo Marriaga combined to pitch five innings of scoreless baseball, while only allowing two hits. Atencio also recorded six strike outs.
Atencio said going into the game, he gets his mind ready for the game and ready for pitching.
Latin America was able to break through the scoreless deadlock in the third inning. With runners on first and second and one out, first baseman Cesar Leonardo Vivas sent a single into left field, scoring the runner from second on the play.
On the ensuing throw to home, the ball would get past Canada’s catcher, allowing the runner on first to score and Vivas to advance to second. Canada would get out of the inning without any more damage done.
Latin America added three more runs in the fourth and then five runs in the fifth. Their five run fifth inning was capped off with a grand slam by shortstop Ronny Medina, ending the game because of the ten run mercy rule.
“It was filled with emotion,” Medina said regarding the grand slam after the game. He said it was extra special because it was his first home run of the tournament.
With the victory, Latin America will play the loser of the Asia-Pacific, Caribbean game on Monday at Volunteer Stadium.