DeLeon’s no-hitter lifts Latin America over Southeast

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : USA East at bat and on deck.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : USA East at bat and on deck.The team representing Latin America District 1, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is no stranger to the Little League World Series. Just last year they advanced all the way to the Big League championship game broadcast on ESPN before falling to Delaware District III (Millsboro).

They started off on the right foot in getting to the 2014 Big League championship game with a 2-0 win against USA Southeast (Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, Fla.) last Monday night, thanks in part to a no-hitter by pitcher Jocelyn DeLeon.

“[I] feel super-good. This is what [I] expected to do from the team. We’re really proud,” said DeLeon, with the help of a teammate translating for her.

After solid defensive play from both teams kept the game scoreless through four innings, including a noteworthy diving catch by Latin America right-fielder Nemesis Torres in the second, Puerto Rican power took over in the fifth to end the scoring drought.

After Torres got on base in that inning, she would eventually advance on a wild pitch to third, where she would score from thanks to an RBI shot from teammate Quetsy Rodriguez that hit the fence.

Though Latin America would only manage two runs off four hits in the matchup, it would be enough to notch the victory.