Texas picks up second win
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.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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