Yesterday afternoon the little leaguers from Bayamo demolished Australia’s representative (Hills, Sydney) 11-1 making history. In only their second game in the renowned Little League World Series the team from Granma notched Cuba’s ever win in the competition. The clash took place at Volunteer Stadium and concluded in five innings by the knockout score.
Both teams started the tournament winless defeat, Bayamo fell on Wednesday via a no-hitter (1-0) against Musashi Fuchu, from Tokyo, Japan; while the Australians were beaten on Friday 2-1 by Pabao from Curaçao (champion of the Caribbean region). The Cubans scored three runs in the same first inning, with two runners on the third baseman, Liusban Sánchez, smacked a triple clearing the bases. Then Liusban scored the third thanks to a balk from Australia’s starting pitcher.
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Samuel Palencia was masterful on the mound for Cuba, in five innings he retired 13 of the 15 outs via the strikeout and allowed just one unearned run in the second inning. With the wood the hurler went 2-for-2 win a double, run scored and an RBI. In the fourth, the young antilleans added another three by way of a single by catcher Jonathan López and a double by right fielder Jeison Pérez, making the score 6-1.
An inning later Cuba scored five to administer the knockout to Australia. With the bases loaded Cuba reeled off four straight hits by Roberto Martínez, Edgar Torrez, Liusban Sánchez and Luis E Gurriel Silveira.
In general, the Cubans connected on 12 hits, received three bases on balls and made a couple of errors on defense. Australia could only muster two hits and were erratic in the field committing seven errors. Cuba will face Panama this Sunday from 9:00 am and Australia is out of the double elimination tournament.