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Super Round set for U-23 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier

Super Round set for U-23 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier
26/02/2020
Nicaragua, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia and Panama will battle for three spots in the World Cup starting Thursday, 27 February. Games will be live-streamed by Béisbol de América and GameTime Sport.

Six teams have punched their tickets into the Super Round of the Americas Qualifier for the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2020: world No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 9 Venezuela, and No. 15 Nicaragua out of Group A; and No. 8 Cuba, No. 13 Panama, No. 14 Colombia out of Group B.

The Super Round will begin on Thursday, 27 February. All games will be played at the Dennis Martinez Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua, and live-streamed by Béisbol de América, the official YouTube channel of the Pan American Baseball Confederation (COPABE) and WBSC’s GameTime Sport YouTube channel.

Opening Round results

Hosts Nicaragua finished undefeated in group A, but they had to go through challenging games to defeat the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Nicaragua defeated the Dominican Republic, 2-0, thanks to a two-run double by Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer Jesus Lopez. Pitchers Dilmer Kejia and Luis Castellon combined on the shutout. On Day 3, Nicaragua blasted two home runs -- one by San Francisco Giants prospect Ismael Munguia and former Dodger prospect Mike Loaisiga -- in their 7-6 win over Brazil.

The Dominican Republic and Brazil entered the last day of group play tied. The Dominicans won via tie-breaker, 5-4. The Dominican Republic opened the score with four runs in a fourth at-bat highlighted by a two-run home run by outfielder Van Javier. Edwin Adon earned the win. All three of Brazil's losses were by one run.

Venezuela finished second in group A losing only the game against Nicaragua.

Cuba went undefeated in group B, but needed an extra-inning win, 3-2, against Panama to get started. Daniel Perez batted in all the runs that Cuba needed and reliever Andy Rodriguez earned the win.

Colombia finished second and Panama third. In the head to head, Colombia shut out Panama, 8-0.

Super Round - Day 1 (Thursday, 27 February; all times local, GMT minus six hours):

  • Dominican Republic vs Colombia at 11:00 am
  • Venezuela vs Cuba at 2:30 pm
  • Panama vs Nicaragua at 6:30 pm

The super round will open with standings generated from the team's head-to-head results amongst each other from the opening round: Nicaragua (2-0), Cuba (2-0); Venezuela (1-1), Colombia (1-1), Dominican Republic (0-2) and Panama (0-2).

A 7th-12th place round will be played in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru.

The two finalists and bronze medal winner from the Americas qualifier will advance to the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2020, to be played in Mexico from 2 to 11 October. The hosts and defending World Champions Mexico will be the fourth National Team representing the Americas.

WBSC U-23 BASEBALL WORLD CUP 2020 -  QUALIFIED TEAMS BY CONTINENT

  • Africa (1): No. 23 South Africa
  • Americas (4): No. 5 Mexico (host and defending World Champion), plus three from the Americas Qualifier
  • Asia (3): No. 1 Japan, No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 21 China
  • Europe (2): No. 16 Czech Republic and No. 19 Germany
  • Oceania (1): No. 48 New Zealand
  • Wild Card (1): No. 3 Korea