Mexico defeated Botswana 5-3 in the first game of the day in Havlickuv Brod.

Marco Antonio Gonzalez hit a monster 3-run homer in the first inning to plate Daniel Durazo and Alan Osuna to take a 4-run lead. Early in the inning, Lenny Villalvazo scored on a bad throw by catcher Thabiso Radithobane after a dropped third strike.

In the top of the five Botswana reduced the deficit to two runs. Brian Dekoker and Ofentse Ketshogile walked, and Unaswi Dudu was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then Dekoker scored on a double play and Ketshogile on an RBI single by Eric Simwanza.

However, in the bottom of the same inning, Mexico scored again on an RBI double off the bat of Julio Cesar Rodriguez. The last run of the game was scored by Tiro Mazulugwa on a fielder’s choice play.

In the top of the seventh, with two outs, Thabiso Radithobane walked and then Mazulugwa hit a long fly ball to left field that was gloved in the warning track by left fielder Alan Salgado to end the game.


Folkard, Reid no-hits South Africa as Australia wins in six

Adam Folkard and Layton Reid combined for a six-inning no-hitter as Australia clinched an 11-0 victory over South Africa, in six innings, to improve its record to 4-1. After three scoreless innings Australia’s offensive. Hayden Mathews homered twice for the winners.

Folkard started for Australia and was perfect after three innings, with 8 strikeouts. IN the top of the fourth, his offensive finally gave him some run support, using the long ball. Scott Patterson found a changeup in the zone and sent it over the left field fence for a solo homer -his second of the tournament, and two batters later Mathews crushed the ball for a no-doubter to left field, to make it 3-0. One inning later Australia added two more runs on a bases-loaded, 2-RBI single by Patterson.

In the sixth Australia exploded with six runs, including the second solo homer by Mathews and a 3-run shot by Joshua White.

Australia moves to 4-1 in Group B while South Africa is now 0-5.