The 2016 Serie de Caribe has been quite unpredictable as the host country was winless in the final group, Mexico was undefeated, and Cuba, the defending champions, advanced today’s semi-finals with a single victory.
The Dominican Republic, who found themselves tied with Cuba at 0-3 for the fourth and final berth to see who would qualify for the final four, were nipped in 11 innings, 4-2 as Ciego de Avila (Cuba) outlasted Escogido. The star of the game would be young Jose Adonis Garcia who lined a two run single to center off Rafael Soriano to provide the one win and a semi-final date against against Mexico.
Mexico (Mazatlan) won all four of their contests which included a 9-3 rout of Cuba and 8-3 win over Puerto Rico and 6-4 victory over Venezuela, the other semi-finalists.
The other semifinal taking place today is Santurce of Puerto Rico, who finished 2-2. The two wins were significant as they won a close one against Escogido 2-1 and shellacked Ciego de Avila of Cuba 12-1. They will be matched against Venezuela (Arugua Tigers) who went 3-1. Neftali Soto, whose two home runs for Santurce denote a big game feel.
“This is a huge game and its no pressure,”
“Hopefully we come out on top.”
The two winners today will advance to the championship Sunday February 7th. See below for postgame coverage of the Cuba-Dominican Republic duel.