SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA. >> Ryan Harlost had three hits, four RBIs and pitched five scoreless innings to help New York beat Rhode Island 7-2 on Thursday in the 70th Little League World Series.
Harlost finished a single shy of the cycle.
He sliced a three-run home run to left field in the first inning for a 3-0 lead. In the second, Jude Abbadessa hit a two-out, two-run single and later scored on Harlost's triple to right field. Harlost had a bloop double in the fifth, but two Rhode Island relievers combined to strike out three to end the inning.
Rhode Island had runners on the corners with two outs in the fifth, but Harlost recorded his fifth strikeout. After a short rain delay in the sixth, Sean Gallagher's hit to right field scored two for Rhode Island but he was thrown out at third base to end it.
Panama 10, Mexico 2
Joaquin Tejada allowed only one hit and struck out nine in 4 1/3 innings, Carlos Gonzalez had three RBIs and Panama beat Mexico 10-2 on Thursday in the opening game of the 70th Little League World Series.
Gonzalez hit a 2-out RBI single to left field in the third inning to give Panama a 1-0 lead. Two pitches later, Esmith Pineda hammered a 3-run home run to right-center field for a 4-0 lead. Gonzalez hit into a double play in the fifth but Tomas Sarmiento scored to extend Panama's lead to 5-2.
Gonzalez also came on in relief and struck out four in 1 2/3 innings.
Mexico's first hit was in the fourth inning when Victor Juarez singled home a run to pull to 4-1. He later scored on a wild pitch. Mexico starter Patricio Juarez struck out 12 in five innings.
Panama scored five runs in the sixth inning on a passed ball, wild pitch and two RBI singles.