The island championship includes three match duels in the direct elimination subseries leading to the title and a ticket to the World Series based in Pennsylvania next August.
In the western part, Pinar del Río defeated San Antonio de los Baños (Artemisa) twice with a score of 2-1 and 7-6, Matanzas was better than Quivicán (Mayabeque) with 4-3 and 9-3, and Santa Clara lost. Cienfuegos (20-4 and 3-0).
The only confrontation that will require a third game is between La Isla and Cerro (Havana) after they shared the honor this Saturday. The Islanders won 3-2 in the first half and lost the next game by a score of 11-2.
In the eastern part, Sancti Spíritus defeated Morón (Ciego de Ávila) 10-2 and 7-3, Santiago de Cuba defeated Guantánamo (10-2 and 9-8), while the current champion, Bayamo (Granma) , made their intentions clear by defeating Holguín 10-3 and 15-2.
Only Las Tunas and Camagüey will define the ticket to the quarterfinals tomorrow, after the success of the first 11-1 and the answer of the opponents below (11-4).
The tournament calendar needs changes, following the postponement of the country’s sports competitions due to fuel difficulties to ensure the transfer of teams, according to a note from the island’s National Sports Institute.
If the competition continues, Pinar del Río will face the quarterfinals with the winner between Cerro and La Isla, and Santa Clara, gold in 2022, will face Matanzas, bronze last year.
In the east, Sancti Spíritus awaits the winner of the match between Camagüey and Las Tunas, while Bayamo has Santiago de Cuba as its opponent.
The national champion will get a direct place for the Little League World Series in the American city of Williamsport, where the Bayamese team will travel in 2023.
Little League is a global sports organization that brings together nearly 200,000 teams of children under 12 years of age in more than 80 countries.