Nicaragua Downs Mexico in Day Four

Nicaragua 7 Mexico 4

Nicaragua pulled off a big win over Mexico to take the upper hand in their bid for second place in pool play. Fidel Loaisiga limited Mexico to one unearned run in five innings. His bat also spoke big with an RBI single in the third and an RBI double in the fifth. Lesther Medrano had a perfect 3 for 3 day to score twice. Leadoff hitter Pedro Hernandez drove in all the runs for Mexico with an RBI double in the fifth and a three run double in the sixth. With the tying run at the plate in the sixth Nicaragua called on Olston Rayo to get the final two outs to close out the game.

Venezuela 4 South Korea 3

Venezuela rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to knock Korea to 2-2. Mario Melendez smoked a double to right to tie the game and Beycker Barroso laced a walk off single into right center to give Venezuela the victory and improve their record to 3-1. South Korea jumped on Iverson Espinosa for three runs in the first, Sung-Woo Kim driving in the first run with a double and Jun-Woo Shin driving in two with a double. Shin finished the day 3 for 3. Despite the poor start Espinosa was able to shut down South Korea through the fourth inning.

Cuba 4 Brazil 1

Cuba improved to 3-1 but struggled to beat the winless Brazil. Felix Arronde came to play throwing five innings of three hit one run ball. He also contributed a two run single in the second inning that proved to be the difference in the game.

United States 13 Australia 1

The United States remained undefeated with their rout over 1-3 Australia. Riley Yeatman shut down the United States bats for two innings, but a seven run third put the game out of reach. A wild pitch scored the first run but a two run single from Cooper Kinney began the onslaught. Nicholas Kurtz later hit a two run homer in the inning. A five run fifth shortened the game to five innings, Christopher Katz driving in three runs with a double.

Japan 21 France 0

Japan threw five almost perfect innings against a French team, scoring 11 in the fifth to shorten the game to five innings. Asagiro Shina went the first two innings, striking out four of the six hitters he faced and Rintaro Imamura worked the last three, striking out five of the ten hitters he faced. He hit a batter in the sixth to ruin the perfect game. Naoki Ito stole four of the ten bases the Japanese team pilfered off France. Ito scored three times, driving in two on a 3 for 4 day. Tokiharu Nishioka drove in four runs to stoke the offense.

Taiwan 14 Russia 0

Taiwan remained undefeated with their five inning shortened game over Russia.

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