Venezuela eliminates the Netherlands in 12-run second inning

Updated: August 22, 2007, 2:11 AM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Unbeaten Venezuela (2-0) exploded for 12 runs in the second inning in a 21-2 rout of the Netherlands (0-3) on Tuesday. The game ended after four innings because of Little League's 10-run rule.

The Netherlands led after the top of the first after Kentaro Ii singled and later scored on a groundout by Roy Sterling.

But the Netherlands never scored again, and were officially eliminated from the tournament.

Omar Villalobos and Miguel Romero each hit two homers for Venezuela (2-0). Manager Jesus E. Paez said he was concerned by the dreary weather, though his team didn't seem to mind it too much, either.

"We've never played in conditions like this," he said through team interpreter Luis Sanchez. "If we keep hitting like that, I'll wish for snow."

The record for most runs in a Little League World Series game is 29, by the Dominican Republic in a shutout of Canada in 1992.

Heavy downpours Tuesday forced the game between Walpole, Mass., and Warner Robins, Ga. to be suspended in the second inning. That game will be resumed Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The late game between Taiwan and Mexico never even started, and was also postponed to Wednesday at noon.


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