Bóer are the Champions of the sixth edition of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League. Last night in Chinandega, they outscored the Tigers 12-9 in the fifth game of the Final Series, which resulted in a four games to one victory in favor of the capital city.
Bóer scored a cluster of six runs in the first inning, thanks to six walks, two hit batters and only one hit. It was too much for the Tigers to overcome, who managed to get the deficit reduced 6-5 in the third inning. They were productive against Diego Sandino’s pitching, but the tribe’s line-up was more effective against Chinandega’s battered bullpen. Reliever, Elvin Orozco responded to the aid of Sandino. The Tigers surprised everyone by handing the start to rookie Ricky Martinez. Three bases on balls and hit hurt Denis Martinez’s son, who left the bases loaded with two outs and one run allowed. Carlos Morla, who was considered the most viable starter, but was not the solution, he allowed another run with a walk to Romero, and then gave up a two-RBI single by Darrell Walters and after a walk to Oscar Mairena and hitting Jose Campusano he walked in Romero for another run.
Morla left the game with the Tigers down 5-0. Reliever, Oswaldo Mairena walks for Mario Holmann and Walters scored the sixth run of the inning. The lefty, Mairena then settled down and the Tigers responded with two runs in the first with a pair of RBI singles by Esteban Ramírez and René Oriental, and in the third got the best of Sandino with three-run RBI double by Wilson Batista, which put the Tigers within a run of tying. The Tiger’s comeback awoke the Tribe’s artillery, which scored twice in the fourth to stay ahead on the scoreboard.
René Oriental hit a homerun in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap at 8-6, while reliever Julio Raudez did a good job of containment for the Tigers. Raudez, who worked on Wednesday, did not stay long and proved devastating to Chinandega, because Bóer resumed its offensive attack against Armando Hernandez. The Tribe scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth, including a mammoth homerun by Manuel Mejía with runner on. The Tigers rebounded in the bottom of the eighth with a double by Jimmy Gonzalez, rocketing RBI hit by Shawn Bowman and Caleb Stewart homerun to put Chinandega three runs away from Bóer.
Batista opened the bottom of the ninth with single off of Berman Espinoza, prompting the entry of Christopher Cooper, who allowed a single by Adolfo Matamoros as he made two outs, so with two runners on and Jimmy Gonzalez at the plate, Chinandega’s were still alive. However, the Tiger’s best hitter was the last out of the series on a grounder to the shortstop.
Jilton Calderon, who did not attend yesterday’s game due to the death of his grandmother, was declared the Most Valuable Player for his great contribution in the first four games. Calderon batted .474 (9 for 19) with two homeruns and eight RBI. Bóer became the first three time winner of the LNBP, previous titles were in 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Fans traveled from Managua and Ciudad Sandino Nagarote to join the caravan that came from Chinandega and conclude with a party at the Victory Plaza.
Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
Game 3 – Chinandega, 1, Bóer 12
Game 4 – Chinandega 2, Bóer 3
Game 5 – Chinandega 9, Bóer 12
(Bóer wins series 4-1)
Jose Jerez is a BaseballdeWorld correspondent
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