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.