Created by: conpasa
With only one day remaining in the Softball competition of the Managua 2017 Central American Games, Guatemala leads the standings both in Men’s and Women’s events, and remains still undefeated. In both competitions the Guatemalan teams are 4-0.
In the Women’s competition, Guatemala clinched two more wins against El Salvador and Nicaragua, and is just one step away to clinch the top spot in the standings.
In their first game, Guatamela defeated El Salvador by 10-0. The winning team took a six-run early lead in the first two innings of the game, and after that just maintained the difference. In the seventh the added four more runs to close the score. Ximena Rivera threw a 2-hit shutout, with 5 strikeouts to earn the win; while Jacqueline Castellon suffered her second loss of the tournament, pitching only two innings.
After that game, Guatemala beat Nicaragua by 3-0 to take their fourth win in as many games in the event, with another shutout, this time courtesy by Jselline Monje. The three runs for the winning team came in the sixth inning.
However, the best game of the day was Panama against El Salvador, where the first team took the win by 8-7. Panama needed two extra innings to earn the victory, with one run in the ninth. The game was tied 2-2 arriving to the seventh, and Panama scored twice. But El Salvador reacted to tie the game and send it to extra innings. The situation was the same one inning later, since the Panamanians scored three runs, and the Salvadorans tied the game one more time. Finally, in the top of the ninth inning, Panama scored the winning run to clinch their second win of the tournament. Julissa Mendieta claimed the victory, while Katy Galeas was charged with the loss.
Lastly, Nicaragua scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to get a 9-8 walkoff-win against Panama. The visiting team scored five runs in the fifth inning, to take a huge lead by 8-2; however, the host team answered with five in the sixth period and two in the seventh to get the win, in front of a loudy crowd who enjoyed the game. Ana Olivas won the game in one inning of work, while Olaisa Perez was the loser.
After two days, Guatemala is at the top of the table with four wins, followed by Nicaragua and Panama with a 2-2 record. In the bottom os the standings, El Salvador is 0-4.
On Wednesday will finish the round robin, with the following games:
8:00 a.m. El Salvador vs. Guatemala
10:00 a.m. Panama vs. Guatemala
12 p.m. Nicaragua vs. Panama
14:00 p.m. El Salvador vs. Nicaragua
Guatemala is also at the top of the standings in the Men’s event, with four wins and no losses. On Tuesday the Guatemalan crushed Costa Rica and Nicaragua and clinched the first place in the round robin.
Against Costa Rica, was a 13-3 victory in only four innings, with Jian Ferrari claiming the win and Pedor Dias with the loss. Meanwhile, in the last game of the day, Guatemala scored 12 runs in the fifth inning to beat Nicaragua by 18-2. Guillermo Ramos threw five innings to earn the win, and Kent McClout was charged with his second loss of the tournament for the host team.
Panama also took two wins on Tuesday, to take the second place in the standings, with a 3-1 record.
In their first game, the Panamanians defeated El Salvador by 8-7. The Salvadoran team scored four runs in the first inning, but couldn’t avoid Panama to score consistently and take the lead and the win. The winner was Carlos Linares, while the loss went to Carlos Rodriguez.
After that game, Panama reached their third win of the tournament, defeating Honduras by 10-4. Joaquin Vargas pitched four innings to claim the victory, while Hector Hernandez was charged with the loss. The four runs by Honduras’ came in the fifth, two of them with a two run shot by Luis Matamoros
Finally, El Salvador defeated Costa Rica by 1-0, in a great pitching duel. Salvadoran Cesar Rodriguez threw a two-hit shutout with 11 Ks to claim the victory. For the Costa Rican, the loser was Juan Guzman, who allowed the only run of the game in the second inning.
Guatemala is at the top of the standings with four wins and no losses, and will be the number one of the round robin. In second place is Panama, who already made the playoffs with a 3-1 record; while Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador are tied with 1-2 record. Costa Rica closes the standings with three losses.
The last game of competition in the Men’s round robin will have the next games:
08:00 a.m. Costa Rica vs. Panama
10:00 a.m. Honduras vs. El Salvador
12.00 m.d. El Salvador vs. Guatemala
14.00 p.m. Honduras vs. Nicaragua
16.00 p.m. Nicaragua vs. Costa Rica
Guatemala dominates the Men´s and Women's Softball in Managua 2017
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