The all-stars from Pearland, Texas, showed why they're in the winners bracket of Pool B in the Little League World Series tonight, defeating Fairfield, Conn., 14-1 in four innings by virtue of the mercy rule. Texas wasted no time scoring runs, scoring once in the first before the offensive onslaught began in the second when Texas scored seven times. Four more runs were scored in the third before another two in the fourth before the mercy rule kicked into effect.â†µ
Mason Van Noort was credited with the win for Texas. The mercy rule is used if a team is trailing by 10 or more runs after the fourth inning. Texas' next game will come Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CDT. They'll face the winner of the elimination game tomorrow night and will need just one more win to advance to the United States championship.â†µ
Connecticut will now play in an elimination game Monday night against Auburn, Wash. Coverage will begin at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. The winner of that game will face an uphill battle as both teams have lost to Texas already and will need to beat Texas twice in order to advance out of Pool B.
Earlier on Sunday, Waipahu, Hawaii, defeated Toms River, N.J., by a 3-1 margin. Shiloh Baniaga was credited with the win for Hawaii and also added a solo home run. Hawaii will play the loser of Monday's winners bracket game between Hamilton, Ohio and Columbus, Ga.
In International play on Sunday, Mexico defeated Germany in an elimination game, 11-2, while Panama, representing Latin America, defeated Saudi Arabia, 13-0, eliminating the all-stars from Saudi Arabia who are seemingly always over matched once they play in the Little League World Series. Little League powerhouse Japan bested Puerto Rico today as well, winning 7-2.â†µ
Coverage of all Little League World Series games can, as always, be found on the family of ESPN networks and ESPN3.com.