13-year-old girl powers Canada

Updated: August 26, 2009, 12:55 AM ET
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Score one for girls at the Little League World Series.

Katie Reyes' two-run single in the top of the sixth helped Vancouver, British Columbia, rally for a wild 14-13 victory Tuesday over Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.

Little League president Stephen Keener and other longtime tournament officials said they could not recall a girl getting the game-winning hit before in a World Series game.

"I was excited. I was shaking," the quiet, 13-year-old girl said about going to the plate for her big hit. She finished with three hits and three RBIs.

Playing first, Reyes also caught the last out, stretching for a throw after second baseman Christian Cullen dove to his left to field a tough grounder.

She joined her happy teammates jumping on the mound after Canada won its last game of the series. Both teams had already been eliminated entering Tuesday.

Germany's highlight Tuesday was an 11-run fifth capped by homers by Chris Holba and Matt Zembraski that put the team ahead 13-10. The Ramstein team, made up of children of U.S. soldiers or employees on the base, had not scored in its two previous games.

Canada rallied in the sixth, when Anthony Cusati hit his second homer of the game, a two-run shot that got Canada within 13-12. After loading the bases, Reyes drove in the winning runs.

Fifteen girls have played in the series since 1984, when Victoria Roche of Brussels, Belgium, became the first female to play in South Williamsport.

Reyes wasn't the only girl playing at the series this year -- Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, had 13-year-old Bryn Stonehouse playing first base, too.

The only other time there were two girls in the series in the same year was 2004.

Texas 6, California 3

Travis Daves and Wyatt Willis each hit two-run homers to lead San Antonio, Texas past Chula Vista, Calif.

Texas stayed undefeated and will play Staten Island, N.Y., in one U.S. semifinal Wednesday night, while California gets Warner Robins, Ga., in the other semifinal Thursday night.

Daves' homer followed a two-run triple by Drew Brooks to put Texas up 4-2.

California got a run back in the fourth before Willis' shot to straightaway center gave Texas a three-run cushion. The 13-year-old outfielder stomped on third base in delight before getting high-fives from teammates at the plate.

Willis said with an ear-to-ear smile afterward that he wasn't looking for the long ball.

"I just went up there with confidence. I felt that I wanted to get another base hit, make some contact," Willis said.

Kiko Garcia's two-run homer in the first had given California a 2-0 lead.

But it was the only homer allowed by Texas pitching, quite a feat given California had smacked 10 blasts in its previous two games.

California manager Oscar Castro said his team plans to hit the batting cage on its off day Wednesday after he noticed his players taking more unsuccesful upper-cut hacks.

"Maybe they're going for the long ball," he said. "We're just trying to get those swings straightened out a little bit."

Reliever Kyle Pollard got two strikeouts over the last two innings for the save.

Mexico 3, Taiwan 2

Marcelo Martinez struck out 12, and Reynosa, Mexico held off a late rally to stay undefeated at the Little League World Series with a victory over Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Mexico will face Japan in an international semifinal game Wednesday, while Taiwan gets Curacao in the other semifinal Thursday.

Martinez didn't allow a hit but was lifted with two outs in the fifth after reaching his 85-pitch limit.

Taiwan broke up the no-hitter when Wen Hua Sung homered off reliever Jorge Maldonado to open the bottom of the sixth. Taiwan got another run on two outfield errors on the same play, but reliever Raul Rojas struck out the final Taiwan hitter to earn the save.

Mexico hit three solo homers.

Massachusetts 12, Kentucky 3

Austin Batchelor homered and scored three runs, and Peabody, Mass., used a nine-run third inning to pull away from Russellville, Ky.

Batchelor also doubled and had two RBIs, including one in a third inning in which Massachusetts smacked seven hits and sent 12 batters to the plate.

On the mound, Batchelor struck out seven and allowed five hits over five innings for the win.

Traverse Briana added two hits and scored two runs for Massachusetts.

Saudi Arabia 5, Venezuela 3

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, scored five runs on just one hit during a sloppy first inning by Maracaibo, Venezuela, to win.

Reliever John Sheppard held Venezuela hitless the last three innings as Saudi Arabia won its first game. The team is comprised mainly of children of U.S. citizens living overseas.

Trailing 1-0, Cameron Durley had Saudi Arabia's sole hit with a two-run single in the bottom of the first. The team scored three more times on an error, a hit batter and a walk.

Venezuela also took advantage of miscues, with Oberto Munoz scoring on a three-base error in the second and a wild pitch, and Mikey Edie scoring on an error in the third.

But Sheppard shut down Venezuela late. He had four strikeouts.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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