After putting on a hitting display in its Little League World Series opener, Conejo Valley Little League of Thousand Oaks, Calif., showed it can win with defense and pitching, too.
Sean McIntyre struck out eight and had a pair of RBI hits as California (2-0) routed Davenport (Iowa) Northwest, 10-0, in five innings, in pool play yesterday in South Williamsport, Pa. The loss eliminated Iowa (0-3) from playoff consideration.
"This is a coach's dream," California Manager Tom Ginther said. "For us three coaches, it's been a joy to watch."
In other games, Guadalupe, Mexico, beat Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, 6-3, and Willemstad, Curacao, defeated Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 6-1; Morganton, N.C., beat Lincoln, R.I., 5-4; and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, beat Ottawa, 7-2.
McIntyre walked two of the first three batters he faced, but then stranded both runners by striking out the last two Iowa batters in the top of the first. After that, only two more Iowa runners reached base.
McIntyre delivered an RBI single in the first, scoring Danny Leon for a 1-0 California lead. Leon made it 3-0 in the second with a two-run single, and Evan Ocello scored on a wild pitch in the third to make it 4-0. The game became a rout with a five-run fourth inning, and California forced the mercy rule with an RBI single in the following inning.