PANAMA CITY — With a group that wasn’t even imagined to be within the event, Panama beat Cuba Three-1 on Sunday to win its second ever Caribbean Sequence and first since 1950.
Panama was represented within the event for the primary time since 1960 solely after the Caribbean Skilled Baseball Leagues moved the collection out of Venezuela due to safety issues shortly earlier than it started. With Panama internet hosting, the Toros de Herrera had been invited to play as a visitor.
The one earlier Panamanian group to win the event was the Carta Vieja Yankees, who did it in 1950 with a roster filled with American gamers.
This win provides to what already has been a giant yr for Panamanian baseball — countryman Mariano Rivera grew to become baseball’s first unanimous Corridor of Fame choice in January. Rivera was in attendance for the primary night time of the event.
Regardless of profitable this yr’s event, it is nonetheless unsure whether or not Panama will play subsequent yr in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Panama lifted the trophy after taking part in within the nation’s first Carribean Sequence since 1960. BIENVENIDO VELASCO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock
Allen Cordona and Elmer Reyes drove in runs within the backside of the primary inning towards Freddy Asiel Alvarez and added a run within the seventh on Rodrigo Vigil’s hit.
Carlos Benitez produced the Cubans’ solely run of the sport within the fifth inning.
“There are not any secrets and techniques. I had 29 warriors with lots of expertise and each day they gave me their greatest,” Panama supervisor Manuel Rodriguez mentioned. “If you play baseball on this means, you’re going to get the titles and this win will assist the baseball in Panama.”
The Cubans gained their final title in 2015 and had been wanting so as to add a fourth championship on Panamanian soil, the place they had been the champions in 1952, 1956 and 1960.