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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jacob Baptista hit a go-ahead grand slam and Levi Mendez struck out 11 as Bonita, California, advanced at the Little League World Series Monday night, defeating Cranston, Rhode Island, 10-3 in an elimination game.
Bonita reached the U.S. Final 4 and plays again Tuesday against Bowling Green, Kentucky, in another elimination game.
Bonita overcame a two-run deficit in the third inning. Baptista capped the six-run rally when he drilled a first-pitch fastball out to center for a 6-2 lead.
Mendez went 3 for 3 and shut down Cranston over the final five innings. Cranston scored two first-inning runs on a Caleb Harris lead-off home run and Cam Ademac RBI single, but Mendez allowed only one more hit and struck out the side in both the fourth and sixth innings.
Bonita's Dante Schmid hit a solo homer in the sixth and has homered in all three Series games.
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