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Little League World Series

Batchelor, Peabody have a blast

Third baseman Nick Bona tags out Kentucky’s Ian Woodall in the fifth inning of Peabody’s 12-3 victory in pool play. Third baseman Nick Bona tags out Kentucky’s Ian Woodall in the fifth inning of Peabody’s 12-3 victory in pool play. (Tom E. Puskar/Associated Press)
Associated Press / August 26, 2009

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Austin Batchelor homered and scored three runs, and Peabody used a nine-run third inning yesterday to pull away from Russellville, Ky., in a 12-3 win at South Williamsport, Pa.

Batchelor also doubled and had two RBIs, including one in a third inning in which Peabody smacked seven hits and sent 12 batters to the plate.

Batchelor struck out seven and allowed five hits over five innings for the win. Michael Petrosino pitched a scoreless inning to finish the game.

Catcher Traverse Briana added two hits and scored two runs for Peabody, which played before 9,100 in attendance.

Winless Kentucky had its only lead after Ian Woodall’s single drove in Matt Harper in the first.

Both teams completed pool play having already been eliminated from contention.

San Antonio 6, Chula Vista 3 - Travis Daves and Wyatt Willis each hit two-run homers to lead San Antonio.

Texas stayed undefeated and will play Staten Island, N.Y., in one US semifinal tonight, and California gets Warner Robins, Ga., in the other semifinal tomorrow night.

Daves’s homer followed a two-run triple by Drew Brooks to put Texas up, 4-2.

California got a run back in the fourth before Willis’s shot to straightaway center gave Texas a three-run cushion.

Mexico 3, Taiwan 2 - Marcelo Martinez struck out 12, and Reynosa, Mexico held off a late rally to stay undefeated.

Mexico will face Japan in an international semifinal game tonight, and Taiwan gets Curacao in the other semifinal tomorrow.

Martinez didn’t allow a hit but was lifted in the fifth after reaching his 85-pitch limit.