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Friday, August 19, 2011
Jorge Jacobo struck out 12 batters, and the team from Mexico on Thursday inaugurated the Little League World Series with a 3-0 win over Kaohsiung in Taiwan.
The right of 12 years launched a pitching gem and struck out the last five batters he faced. This is the first time a team from Taiwan is bleached in 55 games that representatives of the island have played in the series.
The Mexican team scored two runs in the top of the first inning when Carlos Arellano singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. James towed it with a double, then scored on an RBI single by Alonso García.
James brought his own cause by hitting 3-1 with two runs scored.
And like a Major League player with the experience to temper his remarks, the pitcher 12 years shared the merit of his memorable evening with their peers.
"My teammates gave me help at the beginning and that improved my confidence," said James.
Chia Hao Ko struck out five and allowed six hits to load with the back over Taiwan.
In another match, Billings won 6-4 to Rapid City South Dakota. Billings is the first Montana State team that participates in the Little League World Series.
McKenzie Cole drove in two runs with a double to give the victory to Billings.
In addition, the team of Hamamatsu, Japan, crushed 12-1 to Oranjestad, Aruba. The event had special meaning for Japanese children, after a survivor of the earthquake and tsunami this year made the first pitch.
"I told the boys that they should appreciate being here to play," said manager Akihiro Suzuki. "I should teach them to keep working hard and know that this is just a sport.
In the nightcap, Lafayette, La., won 2-0 at Robins, Georgia.