Mexico 6, Panama 2
-- Alan Camarillo's first homer of the series came at a perfect time for Mexico.
Camarillo hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning on Thursday to propel Guadalupe, Mexico, into the international championship game with a 6-2 win over Panama City in the longest game in Little League World Series history.
"I made great contact with it and there it went," said Camarillo, who hit only the fourth homer of the series for Mexico.
Mexico (3-1) will play Willem Willemstad from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, in the international championship on Saturday. The world championship is Sunday.
"We don't feel like we're underdogs at all," Manager Gerardo Leal said.
The game lasted 3 hours 50 minutes, breaking the record of 3:11 in a game between New Jersey and Michigan in 1998. That game -- and one between Kentucky and Texas in 2002 -- set the record for innings played with 11.
In the 10th, Daniel Loranzo reached on an error and Oscar Garza singled to left. Camarillo followed with a homer to center off reliever Brian Rodriguez (0-1), giving Mexico a 5-2 lead.
Victor Gonzalez added an RBI single to cap the scoring.
Panama (3-1) had one last rally in the bottom of the 10th, putting runners on first and second before Garza came back to strike out the next three batters.
Garza (2-0) was mobbed his teammates as members of the U.S. semifinal game immediately hurried onto the field to warm up and try to start the game by the Little League cutoff time of 8:30 p.m.
"I had a high level of confidence in Oscar," Leal said.
Garza and starter Walter Montemayor combined for 25 strikeouts.
Camarillo's homer and a four-inning, 11-strikeout relief stint by Garza bailed out Mexico, which blew a 2-0 lead in the sixth.
Montemayor overpowered the Panama batters early, taking a perfect game into the fourth inning before allowing a two-out single. He struck out 14 in six innings.
"I started out a little nervous, but as soon as I got my first strikeout, I got confident," Montemayor said.
Montemayor had an RBI single in the second and Gonzalez added a run-scoring single in the fifth for a 2-0 lead that Mexico took into the sixth before Panama finally got on the board.
Panama's Eduaro Fruto led off the sixth with a single and scored on Mario Gonzalez's RBI triple down the right field line to make it 2-1. Gonzalez was thrown out at home on a soft bunt, but Jose Murillo followed with a game-tying homer to left, waving his arms and pumping his fist the whole way around the bases as his teammates charged out of the dugout in celebration.