SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Kaiserslautern Military Community players are out of contention for the Little League World Series title after their 11-2 loss to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Sunday at Volunteer Stadium.They will, however, experience something new — the first-ever mandatory crossover game as part of the new double-elimination format. The pool-play format in previous years guaranteed each team three games, but with some teams like KMC starting 0-2, Little League wanted to ensure as many games as possible. Games were created to match winless United States against International teams, the only times before next weekend United States teams play a team from abroad.So, KMC will meet the team from Plymouth, Minn., which was eliminated after losses to Pearland, Texas, and Auburn, Wash. This special consolation game, which Little League considers an official game despite having no bearing on the championship, begins at noon EDT Monday at Lamade Stadium.“They wanted to impress people back home and represent Europe better than last year,” said KMC assistant coach Jason Shock. “That’s one thing they got negative about, comparing this year to last year. But they did get past the first goal, which was to have fun.”A four-run third inning put Mexico up for good Sunday as Ricardo Puga hit a two-run home run off KMC starter Daniel Harrington. The inning started when Aldo Azael Buendia reached on an error by shortstop Pierce Tujo, whose throw bounced in the dirt and out of first baseman Wyatt Hood’s glove. A Norberto Cervantes bloop single to second put two runners on before Eduardo Mata singled home Buendia. A brief KMC timeout appeared to help Harrington on the mound, as he surrendered a sacrifice fly for the second out and only one more run, but Puga’s home run followed and KMC trailed 4-0.Both KMC runs came off solo home runs by Kaleb Stokes in the third inning and Tyler Ullman in the fifth. “You know, I think Tyler Ullman was more excited. The teeth came out, and the hands went up,” said Shock. “He was excited. Ten of the 12 guys have the potential to hit. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for this guy.”Kyle Foley led off the game with a single to left, and Tyler Hufana reached on an infield single in the sixth for KMC’s only other hits.“I think that’s the key with our team. If we start off hitting, that’s the fire we get going with,” said Shock. “We need to hit first.”Mexico added another run in the fourth inning and three each in the fifth and sixth innings.Up next for Mexico is a game Monday against the loser of the Vancouver, British Columbia-Tokyo game to stay alive.

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