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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Luis Castillo pitched a one-hit shutout and also hit a two-run home run as Venezuela beat Uganda 7-0 on Sunday to advance to the International winner's bracket final at the Little League World Series.
Uganda struggled to make contact off Castillo, who allowed four fair balls, four foul balls and struck out 14.
Castillo finished the shutout two pitches short of Little League's 85-pitch limit after his defense caught Joshua Olara in a rundown to end the game. Castillo also went 2 for 3 at the plate and scored twice.
Joel Flores hit a first-inning grand slam to give Venezuela an early lead.
Felix Canpara had Uganda's lone hit, a single to center field in the fifth.
Venezuela will play Wednesday against the winner of Japan vs. Mexico, to be played later Sunday.
Uganda remained alive in this modified, double-elimination tournament, playing Monday vs. Taiwan.
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