Saudi Arabia jumps to early lead, cruises past Saipan

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Dhahran's combination of Andrew Holden and Matt Timoney was too much for Saipan.

Holden hit a three-run homer and Timoney allowed one hit in four-plus innings in lifting Saudi Arabia (2-0) to a 9-1 victory over Saipan (0-1) in Pool C action at the Little League World Series.

The Trans-Atlantic region champions wasted little time taking control, scoring three runs in the top of the first, as Holden blasted a pitch from Brian Camacho just over the fence in left field for a three-run homer.

"I was just focusing on a base hit," Holden said. "The pitch was so slow, I just sat back on it."

Dhahran upped its lead to 4-0 in the second when George Luo hit a solo homer.

That was enough for Timoney, who pitched four strong innings to record the win. The right-hander allowed one run and one hit with seven strikeouts, three walks and a hit batter.

"It feels good, because I have never been on a team that has won two games in a row," Timoney said. "Everything's better [this year], especially the pitching."

Camacho took the loss, giving up seven runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. He was replaced by Peter Tenorio, who gave up two runs and two hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Nate Barnett had two hits and two RBI for Dhahran and George had two hits and two RBI.

Anthony Manalo, Anthony Salas and Harry Nakamura accounted for Saipan's hits.

After having Saturday's game with Lara Venezuela suspended by rain on Saturday after 7½ innings with the score 0-0, Saipan will continue the game Monday at 10 a.m. ET.

Saipan coach Roy Sabian did not think the suspended game had any impact on his club Sunday.

"No, we were prepared," he said. "Things didn't go our way. We'll see what happens tomorrow."