The nightcap turned into a central Pennsylvania party after the boys from Clinton County took control with a three-run first in a 10-0 blowout of Lafayette, La. The blue-clad Pennsylvania players from the Keystone Little League live just about 30 miles away from South Williamsport.
Another raucous, partisan crowd cheered their every move under the Lamade Stadium lights. Brandon Miller led off the bottom of the first with a homer to right to start the rout, and the squad nicknamed the “Big Blue Machine” tacked on seven more runs in the second, more than enough support for starter Landon Breon.
•Canada 5, Taiwan 3: Yi An Pan scattered nine hits over five innings and added a solo homer in the sixth to lead Langley, British Columbia, to a win Monday over Kaoshiung, Taiwan, to advance at the Little League World Series.
Taiwan had two chances to tie late but had a runner called out in the fourth for sliding head first into home, against Little League rules. Pan tagged a runner out at home to end the bottom of the fifth.
•Japan 13, Saudi Arabia 4: Japan broke open a tight game with an eight-run sixth inning, setting up a matchup with Canada on Tuesday. With Japan clinging to a one-run lead, Sotaro Yoshida hit a solo homer with one out to start the scoring in the sixth. Mitsuhiro Uchida, Ken Igeta and Iwamoto each added RBI hits in the inning.
“We had a meeting after last game about getting back to playing our kind of baseball,” Suzuki said through translator Masato Hori. “Our minds were not in the game early on because of the loss last night. We were lucky to bounce back.”
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