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Almonte leads New York to third-place finish

Associated Press

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Danny Almonte had three hits and threw a two-hitter as the Rolando Paulino team from the Bronx, N.Y. beat Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, 9-1 in the consolation final of the Little League World Series on Sunday.

Almonte, who pitched the first Little League World Series perfect game in 44 years earlier in the tournament, allowed just one run and three hits in three starts.

Almonte's 14 strikeouts against Curacao (3-3) gave him 46 in the tournament. He also hit .471 for the tournament, including a 3-of-4 Sunday.

Bronx (5-1) scored six runs in the fifth inning, five off home runs by Santo Sierra and Carlos Garcia and Rolando Torres' score on a wild pitch. Sierra's homer to left field scored Reynaldo Guava and Johnelvis Ortiz. Garcia's right-field homer -- his second of the tournament -- scored Almonte.

Torres scored on a passed ball in the second inning to give Rolando Paulino a 3-0 lead. Torres reached base on an RBI double that scored Santo Sierra. Almonte hit an RBI single in the first inning that scored Tommy Guzman.

Argentis Daal scored the only run on Almonte in the tournament, hitting a single to center field, advancing on a fielder's choice and scoring on a wild pitch.

Dinyor Antonia had Curacao's only other hit, a grounder to center field in the third inning.

Bronx was beaten 8-2 in the U.S. championship by Apopka, Fla., on Saturday. Curacao lost 2-1 to Tokyo Kitasuna in the international championship.

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