SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Esmith Pineda and Carlos Gonzalez combined to strike out 14 and Jose Torres had a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning to give Panama a 3-2 victory over Australia on Monday in the Little League World Series.
Pineda cruised through the first five innings, striking out 11 and giving up just two hits. But he was replaced in the sixth after Sydney's Brent Iredale hit a two-run homer to tie it at 2-2. Gonzalez needed just 11 pitches to strike out the next three.
In the bottom of the sixth, Leonardo Bernal led off with a bloop single and Gonzalez lined a shot off the pitcher's leg. With one out, Joaquin Tejada hit a deep fly ball to load the bases and after a fielder's choice, Torres was walked on four pitches.
Panama, from Aguadulce, took a 1-0 lead in the second on Tejada's home run deep over the center-field wall. Bernal scored on Pineda's grounder to the shortstop in the fourth to make it 2-0.