N.Y., Curacao, Japan, Mexico move on

Updated: August 25, 2009, 10:34 AM ET
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Michael Rapaglia struck out seven over four-plus innings and Vincent Quinn slugged a three-run homer as Staten Island, N.Y., advanced at the Little League World Series with a 8-3 win Monday night over Urbandale, Iowa.

New York will play either California or Texas in the U.S. semifinals Wednesday.

"I don't think they're able to absorb it quite yet," manager Michael Michael Zaccariello said. "I think it will sink in once they get back [to New York]. Right now, they're just playing games."

Rapaglia limited Iowa hitters until the fourth, when he struggled with his control and loaded the bases. But the 12-year-old got pinch-hitter Robert Vanderlinden to strike out to end the jam.

New York added four runs in the sixth, including Quinn's homer to straightaway center.

Iowa scored its three runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a two-run single by Spencer Sturges, before reliever James Morisano held on for the final two outs.

Georgia 3, Washington 2

Warner Robins, Ga., scored the tying and go-ahead runs Monday on a passed ball and a wild pitch to stay unbeaten and edge Mercer Island, Wash.

Trailing 2-1, Kyle King reached base to start the top of the sixth after getting hit by reliever Brandon Lawler's pitch. He moved to third on two wild pitches.

One out later, Jake Farrell walked and stole second. The passed ball then scored King and moved Farrell to third, and another wild pitch by Lawler allowed Farrell to score the go-ahead run.

Cortez Broughton got the save after striking out Lawler with the potential tying run on third. Georgia has already clinched a spot in the U.S. semifinals.

Curacao 5, Saudi Arabia 3

Junters Dossett's two-run homer lifted unbeaten Willemstad, Curacao, past Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to clinch a berth in the semifinals.

Jardel Martina struck out 11 over five innings for the win, and Jayson Libert pitched a scoreless sixth for the save. Curacao will play either Mexico or Taiwan on Thursday.

Winless Saudi Arabia fell behind in the first inning when Curacao scored two runs on an error.

Saudi Arabia surged ahead in the fourth in part because of Curacao's own sloppy play. Two runs scored on an error and Deji Ogunsola gave Saudi Arabia a 3-2 lead with an RBI bunt.

Curacao tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a wild pitch, setting up Dossett's heroics in the fifth.

Japan 5, Venezuela 4

Two errors allowed Toshinori Wakai to race home from first with the winning run and help Chiba City, Japan, beat Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Japan later clinched a spot in the international semifinals after Curacao eliminated Saudi Arabia, 5-3.

Wakai reached after getting hit by a pitch. Naoto Ogura then hit a hard shot toward second base with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The ball was misplayed and as Wakai went to third, the throw from center fielder Oberto Munoz glanced off Wakai's helmet and bounced into foul territory, allowing him to score.

Venezuela had rallied to tie the game after falling behind 4-0.

Jose Medina's solo homer and an RBI single by Munoz cut the Japan lead to 4-2 in the fourth, and a two-run single by Mikey Edie tied the game in the fifth.

Mexico 13, Germany 0 (4 innings)

Raul Rojas hit three doubles and scored three runs, and Reynosa, Mexico, took advantage of seven errors by Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.

Starting pitcher Oscar Noguera allowed one hit and had two hits for undefeated Mexico, which clinched a berth in the next round. The game ended after four innings because of the 10-run rule.

Mexico scored six runs in the first two innings, including one run following a single and two errors.

Rojas had the second of his three doubles in the second inning, driving in Brando Flores to give Mexico a 4-0 lead.

Cody Prince's single was the only hit for Germany, a team comprised of children of U.S. soldiers or employees at Ramstein.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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