As expected some lopsided games in the pool play. The only surprise was how easily the United States beat Japan in the second day of action at the under 12 World Cup in Taiwan.
United States 8 Japan 0
Nicolas Kurtz threw a complete game three hitter, striking out 10 in his six innings of work. The United States blew the game wide open with five runs in the third, Ryan getting the big hit in the inning with a three run homer. Ryan finished the day 2 for 2 with three runs scored, adding an RBI double in the fourth inning to give him half of the runs driven in for the United States. Japan committed an uncharacteristic four errors to allow four unearned runs to score.
South Korea 12 Russia 0
South Korea rebounded from their opening night loss to Taiwan with an easy win over Russia. A collection of three South Korean pitchers shut out the Russian bats on one hit in five innings. South Korea erupted for six runs in the fourth to end the game early. Kwon and Su Kim each went 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Su Kim got the big hit in the fourth with a bases clearing three run triple.
Nicaragua 17 France 0
Nicaragua showed no mercy with France. Two pitchers combined to one hit France, though they did manage to load the bases in the last inning but failed to score their first run of the tournament. Nicaragua got two homeruns, one from Marcel Vellaryena, who also pitched and got the last two outs of the game and the other from Loaisiga, who finished with four hits and four RBIs on the day. Loaisiga also blasted two doubles in the onslaught.
Cuba 8 Venezuela 2
Cuba gave Venezuela their first defeat. C. Hernandez hit a two run double in the second and Zamora added a two run double in the fifth to fuel the Cuban offense. Cuba only collected five hits, benefiting from eight walks by Venezuelan pitchers.
Mexico 9 Australia 1
Mexico got a grand slam from Johan Cruz to blow a 3-1 game wide open. Cruz also acted as the starting pitcher working two outs into the third inning. Oscar Servin got the win in relief, striking out five of the eight hitters he faced. The three Mexican hurlers only allowed two hits, both of them by Nati.
Taiwan 28 Brazil 2
Taiwan banged together 27 hits, 11 of them doubles in a four inning rout over Brazil. Wu padded his stats with two doubles, a single and seven RBIs. H. Lee went 5 for 5 with three doubles. Brazil committed five errors in the last two innings resulting in the last 13 runs scored by Taiwan unearned.
The big games tomorrow will see two undefeated teams in Group B Mexico and the United States do battle. The two undefeated teams in Group A, Cuban and Taiwan will also face each other.