Uganda Wins Opener in Little League World Series

The team of Uganda beat the baseball crazy Dominican Republic in the opening round of the Little League World Series 4-1. Francis Alemo pitched four innings and drove in two runs to give the Ugandans the win. Yaniel Arias struck out 13 for the Dominican Republic but it was not enough to get the victory. Yaniel walked three including leadoff hitter Joshua Olara, who scored two runs on a hit and two walks. Jovan Edaku pitched the last two innings to earn the save.

In other matches, Australia was beaten by Venezuela 5 - 2, Yeinier Fernandez slugging a three run homerun in the top of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. Jake Burns hit a solo homerun in the fourth to tie the game for Australia, but took the loss in the sixth when he walked two hitters preceding the homerun. Blake Cavill struck out 10 in his start that lasted just 3.2 innings. The homerun by Fernandez gave himself the win. He worked the last two innings and struck out five of the six hitters he faced.

Daniel Zaragoza had the walkoff hit to give Mexico a 1-0 win over Canada. Zaragoza also pitched five innings, striking out 10, but Gerardo Lujano picked up the win after he struck out the side in his only inning of work in the top of the sixth. Matthew Wilkinson was almost unhittable for Canada striking out 16 hitters in his five innings of work, whiffing four hitters in the fifth.

Japan scored early to beat Taiwan 7-5, scoring six runs in the first two innings. Kengo Tomita collected three hits including two solo homeruns to contribute to the victory. Shingo Tomita also went deep for Japan. The Tomita’s drove in and scored four of the six runs, collecting five of the nine hits for Japan. Yen Cheng Yu went deep for Taiwan.

The Soutwest (Pearland, Texas) won a pitcher’s duel over the Northwest (Portland, Oregon) 1-0 in a game which saw only one hit by each team. A solo shot by Isaac Garcia in the fourth inning scored the only run in the game. He also got the last five outs, three of them on whiffs to seal the win. The homerun was the only hit given up by Dylan Maclean in his 5.2 innings of work. He struck out 12 and only walked one. Jarrett Tadlock also only allowed one hit in 4.1 innings.

The West (Bonita, California) scored 11 runs in the third to bury Great Lakes (Bowling Green, Kentucky) 14-2 in a game shortened to four innings by the slaughter rule. The West team slugged six homeruns in the game, including a grand slam by Nick Maldonado.

The Mid-Atlantic (Lewisberry, Pennsylvania) pounded the Midwest (Webb City, Missouri) 18-0 in another game shortened to four innings. The Mid-Atlantic scored all their runs in the second and third inning. Cole Wagner went 4-4 with five RBIs, all the runs driven in with a grand slam and a solo shot. Kaden Peifer also went deep and drove in four runs.

Alex Edmonson did not allow a hit in his six innings of work leading the Southeast (Taylors, South Carolina) to a 7-1 win over New England (Cranston, Rhode Island). He struck out 15 hitters and walked one. The walk was in the first inning and scored the only New England run. Two wild pitches advanced the runner to third and he scored on a strikeout that got past the catcher for a passed ball.

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