SANTA MARTA, Colombia — In a day interrupted by rain, the round robin of the Santa Marta 2017 Bolivarian Games was completed yesterday, with the playoffs of the competition are set to begin today. Venezuela and Colombia qualified as first and second respectively, clinched a medal, and they face today for a spot in the final. On the other hand, Panama and Peru will play for a spot in the podium and to continue with life in the competition.
Yesterday Peru and Bolivia played their last round robin game, looking for the fourth place in the final positions. And the Peruvian team took the win by 16-3, in four innings. The offensive gave Keyla Valdivieso, the winning pitcher for the Peruvian team, a huge advantage, especially when exploded in the second with eight runs. And even when Bolivia scored three times in the bottom of the third, the difference only increased, to ensure the presence of Peru in the playoffs. Bolivia finished in fifth place, with four losses in the same number of games.
In the second match of the day, the only two undefeated teams left in the competition jumped to the field: Venezuela and Panama. And the Vinotinto team prevailed with a crushing victory, claiming the victory by 13-3 to clinch the first place of the regular phase. Giorianys Lara won the game in four inning of work, with 3 runs and 4 hits, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. The loss was charged to Marlenis Vargas, who was responsible for 7 runs and 7 hits.
In the last game of the day, Colombia and Panama played for the second place in the standings. And it was the host team that took the victory by 7-0, and secured a medal in these Games.
Today will begin the playoffs of the competition in Santa Marta. In a win-or-go-home game, Panama will face Peru, and the winner will secure at least the bronze medal; while with double life Venezuela and Colombia will play for the first spot in the final.