WILLIAMSPORT, PA., AUG. 21 -- The first female starting pitcher in the history of the Little League World Series failed to retire a batter today. In the end, though, her team from Trail, British Columbia, had no complaints, because David Caron pitched six innings of outstanding relief and the Canadians rolled to an 8-3 quarterfinal victory over Matamoros, Mexico.
Kelly Craig, the third girl to appear in a Little League World Series game, started for Trail but was unable to retire any of the first three batters. After two singles and a walk, she moved to first base and Caron, the catcher, took over the pitching.
Caron got out of the inning, allowing only one run. Canada, meanwhile, combined nine singles and nine walks for more than enough runs to beat the Mexicans.
After the game, Craig had nothing to say. "She doesn't like all this attention," said Neil Craig, Kelly's father and the coach of the Trail team. "I'm disappointed that she didn't have a good game. She's really a good pitcher."
"She's pretty shy. Things have to be going pretty good for her to talk a lot," team manager Andy Bilesky said.
Victoria Roche played here for Brussels, in 1984, and Victoria Brucker of San Pedro, Calif., played last year, but there is no mention of either in the official program.
Kerrie Cordero struck out 12 batters as Cypress, Calif., posted a 9-0 victory over Brooklyn, Mich., in the second game.
"Kerrie had a deadly breaking ball today, and he can really spot his fastball," Cypress Coach Gary Shelton said. "When he's got both going, he's uncanny."
He's also virtually unhittable. He allowed a bloop single in the fifth and a double in the sixth. He walked two.