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.
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.