Venezuela remains unbeaten, advances to LLWS semis

Updated: August 23, 2007, 12:27 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Mexico lost to Venezuela 11-1 in the night game of its its Little League World Series doubleheader on Wednesday night.

Mexico, which was eliminated with the loss, also dropped its earlier game 4-2 to Taichung, Taiwan.

Mexico was forced to play a day game against Taiwan and a night game against Venezuela after rain wreaked havoc on the entire first round.

Venezuela's Omar Villalobos hit his third homer of the series -- this one a three-run blast to deep right-center -- and Alberth Castillo struck out eight of the first 11 Mexico batters as Venezuela remained unbeaten (3-0).

Mexico's Antonio Pantoja ended the no-hitter with a homer.

Mexico manager Andres Martinez said sitting out for so long affected his team more than having to play two games in a day.

"Too much rest, not doing anything at all," he said through translator Sergio Guzman. "The last two days just shut us down."

Venezuela, which outscored its last two opponents 32-3, will face Curacao in an international semifinal on Thursday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.