Mexico advances to International title game at LLWS

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Left-hander Daniel Zaragoza gave up only three hits and doubled home a pair of runs Thursday, leading Mexicali Baja California, Mexico, to an 11-0 victory over Barquisimeto, Venezuela, and a berth in the International championship game at the Little League World Series.

Mexicali will play Tokyo for the title Saturday. The winner will face the U.S. champion a day later for the World Series championship.

Mexicali hoped to get another game against undefeated Tokyo after losing to the Japanese team 3-1 early in the tournament.

Zaragoza's double in the second inning made it 2-0. Alberto Bustos had a two-run double in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth as Mexicali pulled away. Catcher Raul Leon added a three-run homer, his second in two games.

Zaragoza gave up three singles in 5 2-3 innings, leaving after reaching the limit with 89 pitches.


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