SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Juan Garza pitched five strong innings to lead Mexico past Venezuela, 11-1, Tuesday in a Little League World Series elimination game.
Garza gave up one run and four hits while striking out six in a game that was called because of the mercy rule after Mexico scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up by 10.
Garza also hit a solo homer leading off the bottom of the first inning.
Ruy Martinez had three hits and three RBI for Mexico and Daniel Quiroz also had three hits with two RBI.
Mexico advanced to a matchup Wednesday against the winner of the South Korea-Japan game.
Nashville, Tenn. 12, Canada 9: Sam Slaughter homered twice and drove in six runs to help Nashville, Tennessee, beat Canada 12-9 in a consolation game Tuesday at the Little League World Series.
The catcher hit three-run homers in the first and fifth innings, while third baseman Blake Money hit a solo shot in the fifth.
Canada scored five runs in the sixth inning, but its comeback attempt came up short.
Both teams Little League World Series’ runs came to an end, as they were eliminated from contention last Saturday.