BANGOR — Guatemala City and Lemon Grove, Calif., are the last two teams standing at the Senior League Baseball World Series and will play Saturday for the title at Mansfield Stadium.

The teams will meet at 2 p.m..

In the semifinals Friday, Guatemala beat West Melbourne, Fla., 5-2 and California handled Grand Rapids, Mich., 6-2.

In the first semifinal, Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Cooper Christiano led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball, went to third on a stolen base and scored when the throw got away.

Guatemala threatened in the bottom of the first with a single by Gabriel Montenegro and a hit batter. But Florida pitcher Austin Alsept got a strikeout and a soft liner to short to end the inning.

Guatemala finally broke through in the third. The key hit was a two-out, two-strike, bases-loaded bloop to center field by Pablo Custodio that drove in two runs.

Jose Quilo added an RBI single that gave Guatemala a 3-1 lead.

Two more runs scored on a walk and a hit batsman.

Meanwhile, left-hander Emilio Seijas settled in. After giving up that first-inning run, he retired 11 of the next 13 batters.

West Melbourne did reach Seijas for a run in the fifth to make it 5-2 and could have scored more. With the bases loaded, Seijas picked off a runner at second base.

“We are prepared for plays like that,” said Seijas. “It was our first time using and executing that play.”

Seijas reached his 95-pitch limit after one out in the seventh inning. He allowed one hit and one run, struck out three and walked four. Hans Werner came on to get the final two outs.

Guatemala will play for a baseball world title for the first time, which coach Angel Hoyas believes may convert some soccer fans in his country.

“I know baseball in Guatemala is better than soccer (but) the people don’t believe in it right now. I know baseball will keep getting bigger in our country.”

In the second game, Lemon Grove won with a five-run fourth, sparked by consecutive doubles from Esteban Lieras, Ray Peterson and Deandre Simpson. Pitcher Frankie Nunez retired 14 of the last 15 batters, finishing with six strikeouts and one walk.

“It’s a dream for me and everyone on the team (to play for the title),” Nunez said.

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