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.