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Mexico boots Puerto Rico from LLWS

Published August 24. 2010 05:00PM

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) The Valentin family has accomplished a rare baseball double play.

One month, two world series.

Less than two weeks after former major leaguer Jose Valentin, Jr., helped coach a team of 15- and 16-year-olds from Puerto Rico to the Pony Baseball Colt World Series title in Indiana, his father, Jose Sr., coached a team of 11 to 13-year-olds at perhaps the most well-known tournament in youth sports the Little League World Series.

The elder Valentin didn't have as much luck after Manati, Puerto Rico lost to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 4-2, Monday.

The loss didn't spoil his enthusiasm for being in South Williamsport. Not only were Jose Jr., and another son and major leaguer, Javier Valentin, watching in the stands, but Valentin also coached three grandsons at the Little League World Series.

"I want to come back again to Williamsport soon," he said through interpreter Antonio Gonzalez.

Rain delayed the Puerto Rico-Mexico game 70 minutes. The Ohio-Georgia game postponed Monday night will be restarted and played Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Connecticut-Washington game scheduled for Monday night will be played at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Games originally scheduled for 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday were pushed to Wednesday.

Puerto Rico had a sloppy exit from the series after committing seven errors. The go-ahead run by Mexico's Aaron Juarez scored in the fifth after catcher Victor Valentin, one of the skipper's grandsons, mishandled a throw to the plate with the bases loaded.

"With seven errors, no team is going to win," the manager said.

Eduardo Mata struck out 11 and pitched a five-hitter for Mexico. He said he was pumped after watching Juarez hustle home, motivation he used to strike out Joshuan Sandoval to the end the game.

Taiwan 23, Canada 0

Shao-Fei Huang drove in six runs and Hsun Hao Shih hit two long homers for Taiwan, which scored six runs in the first.

Huang has four doubles in the series, tying a record set by two Taiwan players in 1995. The 23 runs is the third most in a game by one team since 1992. Three Taiwan pitchers combined on a one-hitter, allowing just Matthew Reyes' first-inning single.

Germany 2, Minnesota 1

Kyle Foley scored the go-ahead run after reaching base on an overturned call to lift Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, past Plymouth, Minn., 2-1 in a Little League World Series consolation game Monday.

Foley was initially called out on a play at first in the fifth. Replay officials reversed the call after manager Gary Harrington challenged in a new wrinkle this year for the World Series replay system. He eventually scored on a passed ball.

The Germany team, made up mainly of children of U.S. military or base workers, was serenaded off the field to the theme from"Top Gun."

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