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Monday, July 15, 2013

Tijuana team going to Little League World Series;
Tijuana Toros 1-0 Game 7 win sends team to Mexican Northern League baseball championship series;
Mexico beats Martinique 3-1 in soccer to make Gold Cup quarterfinals;
Tijuana controversy over bullfights continues

       mexico little league logoTijuana's Little League team hit five home runs to beat Veracruz 11-5 on Sunday in Reynosa to advance to the Little League World Series. Tijuana's Municipal League team will represent Mexico against Australia in its opening game in Willamsport, Pa., on Aug. 15.     

       Earlier in the day, Tijuana had beaten Tamaulipas 14-0 with a five-inning perfect game by Brandon Meza, and La Verdad de Tamaulipas reported. Tijuana compiled a 7-1 record in the tournament, and hit 26 home runs.

       liga norte de mexicoOn Sunday night, the Tijuana Toros defeated the Mexicali Aguiluchos (Eaglets) 1-0 before a packed Gasmart Stadium (formerly Cerro Colorado Stadium) in Game 7 of the Mexican Northern League semifinals, Tijuana media reported. Tijuana will host the championship series beginning Tuesday against the San Luis Río Colorado Algodoneros (Cotton Growers), Frontera reported. Asael Sánchez drove in Abraham Ramos in the bottom of the eighth for the game's only run; four Toros pitchers combined for the shutout.

      Also Sunday, Mexico's struggling national soccer team beat Martinique, 3-1, to advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals. Marco Fabián, Luis Montes, and Miguel Ponce scored Mexico's goals in Denver.

      In another event involving toros, Alfredo "El Conde" Ríos was awarded two ears at the third bullfight of the season at the Playas de Tijuana Monumental bullring. El Mexicano also reported on the continuing conflict about bullfights in Tijuana. National Action Party councilman Erwin Aréizaga Uribe, who heads the Youth and Sports Commission, lamented that a vote to ban minors from attending "high-violence-content" bullfights lost by one vote. He said he was not trying to ban bullfights. Others have sought to ban them, though.

Stories, El Mexicano sports section front (PDF).

Story on attempt to ban minors from attending bullfights, El Mexicano (PDF).

Bullfighting issues in Tijuana.

Update, July 16: Citizens oppose possible declaration saying bullfighting is part of Baja California's cultural heritage. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Update, Aug. 8: Priest Oscar Villalpando Ramírez blesses Tijuana's Little League team in advance of its trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. The story says César Leal, a co-owner of the Via Corporativo environmentally certified LEED building, and Germán Orozco helped raise 63,000 pesos ($5,000) to defray some of the costs of the team's trip.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Mayor Carlos Bustamante meets with team, Frontera (PDF).
Team's Facebook page.

Update, Aug. 11: Eastlake team just across border joins Tijuana as Little World Series qualifiers.
Tijuana team arrives in Williamsport. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2013

Tijuana loses to Japan, 3-2, in Little League World Series international championship; Chula Vista's Eastlake team advances to overall championship game

Update, Aug. 27: Japan wins tourney, with Eastlake second and Tijuana third

        A baserunning blunder in the bottom of the fifth inning opened the door for Japan to defeat Tijuana 3-2 in the Little League Word Series international championship in South Williamsport, Pa., on Saturday. A home run in the top of the sixth by Japan's Takuma Gomi turned out to be the game winner.
         Brandon Montes, who has had a great series, could have scored from third in the bottom of the fifth inning by tagging up on a deep fly ball, but did not. The third-base coach? Tijuana Manager Francisco Fimbres. Montes' run would have broken a 2-2 tie. Story, U-T San Diego.
          U-T San Diego's Matt Calkins noted that Tijuana would not have gotten to the championship without Montes, who homered in his first four games: "Here's Something to Remember About the Little Leaguers: They're Just Kids." (Calkins' name was left off the paper's web edition, at least initially).
         Meanwhile, Chula Vista's Eastlake beat Connecticut 12-1 in the U.S. national championship and will face Japan in Sunday's overall championship game. Tijuana will play Connecticut for the third-place spot.
Update, Aug. 25: Montes homers again as Tijuana outlasts Connecticut, 15-14, to take third place, and Japan, which played excellent fundamental baseball, beats Eastlake 6-4 to win its ninth Little League World Series title.