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Pimentel strikes out 18 to lead California to win

8/21/2005

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Kalen is most definitely spelled
with a "K."

Kalen Pimentel tied a Little League World Series record for a
regulation, six-inning game with 18 strikeouts to lead Rancho Bueno
Vista of Vista, Calif., to a 7-2 victory over Owensboro (Ky.)
Southern in the Little League World Series on Saturday.

"It took me a couple of innings to get adjusted and I started
to get in a groove about the fourth inning," Pimentel said. "My
fastball and curve were really working well."

The feat was last accomplished in 1979 by Chao-An Chen of the
Pu-Tzu Town team from Taiwan.

Nathan Lewis had three hits including a home run for Rancho
Bueno Vista (1-0), the West region champion, while Luke Daugherty
homered for Owensboro Southern (0-1), the Great Lakes winner.

Pimentel's pitching highlighted the busiest day Saturday of the
10-day tournament -- six games in two stadiums all scheduled to
start within a nine-hour span.