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Texas picks up second win

8/23/2004

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Danny Leon hit a two-run homer,
and Tyler Carp and John Lister added solo homers to lead Conejo
Valley Little League to a 9-2 victory over Morganton, N.C., on
Sunday in the Little League World Series.

"I think I was a little pumped up. I was ready to hit the
ball," Leon said. "And John and Tyler just hit it far."

Earlier Sunday, Lamar National of Richmond, Texas, beat
Owensboro (Ky.) Southern 12-2 in five innings. Meghan Sims became
just the second U.S. girl, and the third overall, to pitch in the
series when she took the mound for Kentucky.

In other games, Panama City, Panama beat Kutno, Poland 9-0;
Guadalupe, Mexico edged Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 1-0 in eight innings;
and Redmond, Wash. came from behind for an 8-3 victory over
Preston, Md.

Conejo Valley (1-0) was the last team to take the field at this
year's World Series, but once the team from Thousand Oaks, Calif.,
got started, they were hard to stop. The team's opener against
Lincoln, R.I., was postponed because of rain Friday, so three teams
had completed their second games before California scored its first
run.

But the runs came quickly. California batted around in the third
inning to take a 6-0 lead. Leon's shot to center field in the third
inning led the scoring, and Lister's RBI double made it 3-0. Jordan
Brower scored on a passed ball, and Lister came home on a fielder's
choice. Derrick Francis capped the scoring with an RBI double.

"We wanted to come out here and make a statement and keep the
kids on a roll, because after 10 days without playing baseball this
is a great way to come back into the game," California manager Tom
Ginther said.

California went up 9-0 on solo homers from Lister and Carp, and
an RBI single from Francis.

North Carolina (1-1) scored both of its runs in the bottom of
the fifth. Trevor Tallent hit his second home run of the series, a
solo shot in the bottom of the fifth, to make it 9-1, and Andrew
Martin's RBI single scored Dykota Spiess.

Cody Thomson (1-0) earned the win; Martin (0-1) took the loss.

Texas 12, Kentucky 2 (5 innings)
Cody Abraham hit a three-run homer, and Randal Grichuk hit his
third homer of the series for Texas (2-0). Kentucky (0-2) trailed
10-2 when Sims took the mound; she walked one, then allowed
Grichuk's home run, forcing the mercy-rule ending.

Panama 9, Poland 0
Francisco Chiari pitched a no-hitter for Panama (2-0), but
missed his perfect game when he walked Adrian Florczak in the fifth
inning. Poland, playing in its first series, fell to 0-2. It was
the second no-hitter of this series and the seventh since the
series expanded to 16 teams in 2001.

Mexico 1, Saudi Arabia 0 (8 innings)
Oscar Garza hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the eighth
inning to give Mexico (1-1) the win. Saudi Arabia fell to 1-1.

Washington 8, Maryland 3
Stephen Thompson hit a three-run homer in the fifth to lift
Washington (1-1) to the win. Maryland (1-1) led 3-0 at the end of
the third.