WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier opens in Panama

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WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier opens in Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Host nation/No. 15 Panama defeated higher ranked No. 6 Mexico, 6-3, before more than 4,000 fans at Estadio Rico Cendeno on the opening day of the Pan American U-23 Championship and WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2018 Qualifier.

Víctor Moscote (New York Mets Class A – MLB) had a two-run home run for Panama, while Philadelphia Phillies prospect Harold Arauz earned the win.

MLB All-Star Yadier Molina led Puerto Rico to a seven-inning 10-0 knockout victory over Colombia in his managerial debut. Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Jose Espada earned the win.

Cuba, Dominican Republic and unranked Costa Rica opened with 10+ run victories, while Venezuela had a tougher time with fellow South American Brazil. Houston Astros prospect Yohan Ramirez earned the win for Dominican Republic.

Day 1 – Scores

  • Nr Costa Rica 14-0 No. 40 Peru
  • No. 21 Argentina 1-16 No. 5 Cuba
  • No. 65 Honduras 0-10 No. 16 Dominican Republic
  • No. 18 Brazil 1-5 No. 9 Venezuela
  • No. 6 Mexico 3-6 No. 15 Panama
  • No. 11 Puerto Rico 10-0 No. 17 Colombia

Standings

Group A Group B
CRC 1-0 CUB 1-0
DOM 1-0 PUR 1-0
PAN 1-0 VEN 1-0
HON 0-1 ARG 0-1
MEX 0-1 BRA 0-1
PER 0-1 COL 0-1

 

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