The Mexican team took a big step towards the final of U18 Men’s Softball World Cupafter winning, with “Sonorense flavor”, in deer 8-1 (in five innings) in Thursday’s stellar game that closed the first day of the Super Round.
In a holed entrance to the repaired Fernando M. Ortiz Stadiumtwo players on Sonora They are the stars: one of them is opening Carlos Parrawhile he threw the entire game to achieve his third victory in the match, supported by David Diazwho hit a grand slam that topped a six-run rally in the second set.
Parra, born in Caborca, allowed just two hits and one run in five innings of play; He also struck out five, walked two and hit one.
The nicknamed “Macumbero” improved to 3-0 in both wins and losses, in addition to lowering his ERA to 0.91, numbers that put him as the leader in both pitching departments.
The duel between the group leaders in the first round quickly turned in favor of the host team, as the Mexicans attacked the opener in the second period and defeated, Cody Gibbonswith a six-run rally, taking advantage of the lack of control of the American first baseman, because, although they only hit him once, they did him irreparable damage.
After loading the bases, thanks to an error and two walks, Mexico won the pool on a hit by Juan Carlos GarzaGibbons then resumed the lost compass by walking Manuel Zepeda, who drove the second “wheelie”, left the table ready for Díaz, who hit a shot over the left field fence for a grand slam. That hit made the score 6-0.
At the bottom of the second roll, Parra walked to Wylie Baumerwho, after a single Brody Von Bergescored by a choice play with a hit from Ian Carlin in short stops, however, that was the only race “Macumbero” would allow.
In the fifth the Aztec ninth secured the knockout and the game with a pair of runs, increasing the lead to 8-1; one of them entered through a “squeeze play” Bryan Lopezand one falls on the other Roman Lopez. Surprisingly, the Sonorans noticed Manuel Zepeda y Christian del Valle.
In this way, according to the system of the game, Mexico improved to 3-0, while the United States remained 2-1, because the Super Round “carries” the results obtained in the group stage against the teams that advanced, In this case, in addition to the Mexicans and Americans, they achieved the pass Japan, australian, Venezuela y Canada.
The next game of the ninth Aztecs – still undefeated with a 5-0 record in the tournament – is against Venezuela, on Friday at 8:00 pm, to later conclude the Super Round on Saturday against Japan (also at 8:00 pm). Based on the results, this Sunday the teams that will chase the bronze and gold will be announced.