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Japan and Mexico both 3-0 through Monday's international pool play at Ripken Series

BY DEWEY FOX and RANDY McROBERTS, dfox@theaegis.com, rmcroberts@theaegis.com

12:15 PM EDT, August 13, 2013

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Through the first three days of Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series International Division pool play, the past has repeated itself once again.

Past series champions Japan and Mexico are both 3-0, while the Republic of Korea is 2-1 and Dominican Republic is 1-2. Both Australia and Canada are 0-3.

Mexico finished off its three-win run late Monday night, beating Dominican Republic, 9-6, at Cal Sr.'s Yard. Mexico scored all it needed over the first two innings, plating six runs in the first and two more in the second.

Bryan Castro (two RBIs) and Sebastian Polo (one RBI) had singles in the first inning outburst, while Kevin Garcia and Marco Martinez also had singles and scored runs in the inning. The two runs in the second inning came off Omar Cervantes' two-run home run. Garcia, who was aboard by hit batter, scored on the blast.

Dominican Republic answered with three runs in the top of the second. Jimmy Mojica, Luis Batista and Arturo Guerrero each had hits in the inning and Angel Jimenez drew a walk off Mexico starter Alex Felix. Reliever Kevin Sosa came on to strike out the next three batters and quiet the rally.

Sosa worked the rest of the game, striking out 12, walking two, hitting two and allowing one hit. Both hit batters and one of the walks came in the final inning when Dominican Republic scored three more times.

Mexico's Hiram Magana was the only player on either team to have two hits. Alejandro Roman, the Dominican starting pitcher, was the loser, lasting just a third of an inning.

Japan undefeated

Returning Cal Ripken World Series champion Japan continued its unbeaten streak on Monday, defeating the Australian squad, 12-2, at Nationals Park.

The game was halted after the fifth inning under the 10-run mercy rule.

Japan scored four times in the second inning, came back with one run in the third, then ran its lead to 9-0 with a four-run outburst in the fourth. Australia scored twice in the top of the fifth, and Japan countered with the game's final two runs in the home half of the inning.

Japanese hurler Seima Maruyama went all five innings, striking out five, walking one and holding Australia to a pair of earned runs on three hits.

Sho Takagi and Rentaro Nishinobo both smacked a home run for Japan, while teammate Shun Nakayama was 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.

Australia's Ethan Elliott was 1-for-2 with both of his team's RBIs.

Korea over Canada

The Republic of Korea picked up an International Division pool play win at Cal Sr.'s Yard on Monday, defeating Canada, 10-3.

Hyeon-Su Kim paced the Korean offense, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Ju-Young Kim was 3-for-4 with a double two RBIs and two runs.

Canada's Connor Sparks was 1-for-1 with a two-RBI double.

Sunday international action

There weren't too many surprises in the International Division of the 2013 Cal Ripken 12U Major 70 World Series on Sunday, when both Japan and Mexico both stayed unbeaten with lopsided wins.

A bit surprising though, was that both Mexico and Japan needed big run innings late to blow out the opposition.

Japan (2-0) took advantage of numerous throwing errors by Republic of Korea pitchers who were attempting pick-offs at first base. That and a barrage of hits (16 total) carried the two-time defending champs to an easy 16-5 win in five innings. Japan scored in every inning, highlighted by a six-run outburst in the fourth.

Among the hits, 10 were for extra bases, including home runs by Yu Inaba and Rentaro Nishinobo. Inaba also hit two triples and had three RBIs and three runs scored. Taisei Akimura added three doubles, two runs scored and an RBI and Akito Shozu had a triple and three RBIs.

Ju Sung Kim had Republic of Korea's two hits. He singled, tripled and scored two runs.

Kosuke Morimoto pitched three innings for the win, striking out three. He allowed just one hit, walked two and hit a batter.

Five pitchers worked for Korea with starter Chan Min Heo suffering the loss.

Mexico over Canada

The Mexico squad picked up its second International Division pool play victory Sunday at Cal. Sr.'s Yard, knocking off team Canada, 16-4.

Leading by just two runs heading into the sixth, Mexico, the visiting team, scored 10 times in the top half of the inning to jump ahead by 12.

Mexico (2-0) put up a home run exhibition, with Kevin Sosa, Junior Flores, Omar Cervantes and Marco Martinez each hitting a round-tripper.

Canada's Colton Girard went 1-for-2 with a two-RBI double.

On the mound, Flores struck out nine, walked one and held Canada to one hit over 4-1/3 innings to earn the win.

Canada fell to 0-2 with the defeat.

Dominicans beat Aussies

Dominican Republic evened its record at 1-1, beating Australia, 11-1, in four innings at Cal Sr.'s Yard. A seven-run third inning outburst highlighted the victory.

Adelso Carabello had the game's big blow, crushing a two-run shot deep over the left field wall in that big third inning rally. It was his only at bat.

Leadoff hitter Gregorio Luperon was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Jimmy Mojica finished 2-for-2, with a triple and three RBIs. Luis Batista added an RBI double and Marcos Pujols had one hit and two RBIs.

Chris Burke was 2-for-2 for Australia (0-2), while Josh Gessner (one run) and Jo Stevens also had hits.

Batista pitched all four innings to earn the win, striking out six. Batista walked two and also hit a pair of batters.

Lachlan Guilerri took the loss, lasting two innings. He allowed five runs on six hits and a hit batter. Lincoln Kempton and Ky Hampton also pitched for Australia.

A busy Saturday

The Republic of Korea (1-0) opened International Division play at the Cal Ripken World Series Saturday afternoon with a fine pitching performance, with two of the team's hurlers combining to toss a no-hitter in a 10-0 victory over the Dominican Republic (0-1).

The game, played at Cal Sr.'s Yard, was halted after the fourth inning by the 10-run mercy rule.

Hyeon-Su Kim started the game for Korea and went two innings, striking out three without issuing any walks. Ju-Young Kim closed out the game with two no-hit innings, striking out one and allowing one walk.

Yoo-Bin Lee led Korea at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a three-run homer. Hyeon-Bin Choi went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the victory.

Japan smashes Canada

Returning champ Japan opened its pool play section of the Cal Ripken World Series by smashing Canada 14-1, Saturday at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Japan pushed 11 runs across in the top of the first and scored three more in the third. Canada's lone run came in the second. The game was halted after four innings by the 10-run rule.

Yu Inaba paced the Japanese offense, going 3-for-3 with two homers, three runs scored and six RBIs.

Japanese starter Akito Shozu got the win, going two innings in which he struck out two, walked two and allowed one earned run on four hits.

Mexico tops Australia

Mexico stormed to an 11-1, four-inning victory over Australia Saturday at Nationals Park.

Junior Flores had Mexico's hottest bat, going 2-for-2 with two homers, four RBIs and two runs scored. Kevin Garcia was 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.

Bryan Castro pitched all four innings for Mexico, striking out nine, walking three and holding Australia to three hits along the way.

ding Australia to three hits along the way.