Canada outlasts Mexico 13-9 at Little League WS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Outfielder Thomas Neal's lunging catch saved an extra-base hit and helped Vancouver, British Columbia, beat Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 13-9 on Friday in a Little League World Series slugfest.
The teams combined for 27 hits, but several defensive gems by Canada had fans buzzing.
Neal's catch was the most impressive after Mexico's Eduardo Abrego smacked a sinking liner to left-center with two outs in the third and a runner on first. Neal dashed to his right before diving for the catch with an outstretched glove just before the ball hit the turf.
The 13-year-old outfielder let out a roar before being mobbed by teammates.
Canada led 8-1 before Mexico rallied with the long ball. Ramon Ballina hit two homers, but Canada escaped another jam in the sixth to hold on.