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USA wins Women’s Baseball Pan Am Qualifier

Press Release WBSC

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic — World No. 2 USA won the first-ever Women’s Baseball Pan American Games Qualifier in the Dominican Republic, defeating Venezuela, 3-0, in the finale.

The 2015 Toronto Pan American Games will be the first-ever multi-sport “mega-event” to stage women’s baseball. In total, four baseball/softball disciplines will be featured at the 2015 Pan American Games: men’s baseball and men’s softball, and women’s baseball and women’s softball. Baseball and softball are two of the 36 sports on the Toronto 2015 program.

The 2015 Pan American Women’s Baseball Championship/Pan Am Games qualifier ran from 8-12 March and featured the Women’s National Teams of USA, No. 5 Venezuela, No. 8 Cuba, No. 10 Puerto Rico and unranked host Dominican Republic.

In additional to USA, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico all made the cut to be at the historic debut of Women’s Baseball at the Pan Am Games, while hosts Dominican Republic were eliminated.

No. 4 Canada automatically secures a place in the 2015 Pan Am Games, which will be staged in July at the new baseball/softball complex just outside Toronto.

USA was the only country from the Americas region to medal at last year’s WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup VI, taking the silver medal in Miyazaki, Japan.

The 2015 Pan American Women’s Baseball Championship is being organised by the Dominican Baseball Federation (FEDOBE), in conjunction with the Pan American Baseball Confederation (COPABE) — the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s baseball arm for the Americas.

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The 13th South American Baseball Championships Open in Brazil

CUIABÁ, Brazil – The 13th South American Baseball Championships kicked off this week in Brazil. Competing are five South American teams with the winner gaining the final open spot for the 2015 Pan-Am Games coming up later this year in Toronto.

Competing for the final spot is No. 15 Brazil, No. 19 Colombia, No. 29 Argentina, No. 46 Peru, and No. 69 Bolivia. A total of fourteen games will crown the champion with the final coming up this weekend on Saturday March 7.

Day 1 of the tournament saw host Brazil down Peru 15-5 and Argentina shutting out Bolivia 21-0. Day 2 saw the two winners on Day 1 facing off in what turned out to be a great game with Brazil downing Argentina 2-1. Colombia also got in the win column with a 15-0 six inning win over Bolivia.

South American Championships

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2015 Pan Am Games to Include Women’s Baseball

Press Release by Baseball Canada

OTTAWA-Canada will be the defending gold medalists in men’s baseball when the 2015 Pan Am Games get underway two summers from now in Toronto, and for the first time in games history, our Women’s National Team will have a chance to compete for a medal as women’s baseball has been added to the sports program.

The decision to include women’s baseball was approved last week in Jamaica as Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) held their Extraordinary General Assembly.

“Competing in the Pan Am Games will be a career highlight for players and coaches,” said Women’s National Team Head Coach André Lachance. “This news is very exciting for women’s baseball and we look forward to showing our skill and the high level in which we play the game at a big event like the Pan Am Games.”

Women’s baseball will be a 5 team event, while the men’s tournament will see 7 teams compete for a gold medal.

At the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico, Canada achieved its best result at a major international baseball competition as the team, led by Manager Ernie Whitt defeated the United States 2-1 to win the gold medal.

The 2015 Pan Am Games are scheduled for July 10th-26th, 2015 in Toronto. Nearby Ajax will play host to both the men’s and women’s baseball events at a newly constructed complex.

For more information about the 2015 Pan Am Games, please visit their website:www.toronto2015.org

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Ajax to Host the 2015 Pan-American Games

The Pan-American Games is the largest multi-sport competition where baseball and softball are still played after the Olympic Committee decided to drop the program after the 2008 games in Beijing.

The 2015 Pan-Am games will be held in Toronto and it was recently announced that the town of Ajax will host the baseball and softball.

Currently there is no venue in Ajax to hold the competitions. However, the committee will work with government organizations to build fields. The fields will be used for recreational and amateur events after the close of the tournament.

The 17th Pan-Am Games will take place July 10-26, 2015. Forty-one nations will compete in 36 events.

Canada is the defending champion in baseball winning their first gold medal and second overall. Cuba leads all nations with 12 gold medals.

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Pan-Am Qualifier Results: Dominican Republic Wins Gold

The gold medal game was played and again we saw an upset.

Dominican Republic 5, Cuba 2

Just a day after defeating the reigning world champion USA squad, the Dominican Republic keep the magic going by taking down Cuba in the gold medal game. The Dominican Republic used a 5-run 1st inning to take the gold medal. Tony Batista had an RBI single, Alexis Gomez came through with a 3-run triple, and Victor Mercedes finished it off with a sac fly to give them a 5-0 lead.

Cuba tried to come back in the 2nd by scoring a run, but the Cubans couldn’t put together anything beyond another run in the top of the 9th. Lorenzo Barcelo picked up the win going 5 innings.  Barcelo gave up only 5 hits and 1 run, while striking out 1. Norge Vera picked up the loss after lasting only 1/3 of an inning giving up 3 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs.

The bronze medal game was rained out between the USA and Venezuela so both teams finished in 3rd.  Panama and Canada, along with the top 4 teams, qualified for the next Baseball World Cup.  Puerto Rico, who finished 7th, only qualified for the 2011 Pan-American Games to be held in Mexico.

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Pan-Am Qualifier Results Day 11

Round two wrapped up with the conclusion of Day 11.  The USA remained undefeated with a victory over Cuba, and with the win over the Dominican Republic, Venezuela earned the 3rd seed via the tiebreaker.

Panama 5, Nicaragua 2

With 3 runs in the 6th inning, Panama moved past Nicaragua.  DH Carlos Munoz led the way going 2-for-4 with a home run, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored. Gilberto Mendez picked up the victory with 2 innings of relief work.  Alberto Acosta pitched a perfect 9th to pick up the save.

Dominican Republic 4, Venezuela 17

Venezuela scored early and often in the win over the Dominican Republic.  Javier Colina (2-5), Wilmer Alvarado (1-3), and Franklin Tua (2-4) all hit home runs for Venezuela. Ricardo Nanita (2-3) added a home run for the Dominican.  All 9 starters for Venezuela had at least 1 of the 19 hits in the game with Oscar Angulo leading the way with 4 hits in 6 at bats.

Puerto Rico 6, Canada 14

Canada pounded out 14 hits scoring big late to take the lead and pull away from Puerto Rico.  Canada used a 5 run 7th and 5 run 8th inning to pick up the victory.  Jaime Romak (2-3), Adam Stern (2-5), Chris Robinson (5-6), and Scott Thorman (1-4) all hit home runs for Canada.  Johnny All Staff pitched for Puerto Rico as 8 pitches made the walk to the mound with only 1 pitcher going at least 2 innings.

USA 4, Cuba 1

Team USA stayed perfect in the tournament with a win over the World’s #1 ranked team Cuba.  Mike Moustakas got the scoring started in the 3rd inning with a 2-run double. Brad Eldred, Eric Hosmer, and Todd Frazier all had 2 hits in the win.  Brian Barden extended his hit streak to 6 games as the USA will take the top spot into the semifinals.

Day 11 Results:
October 11:
Panama 5, Nicaragua 2
Dominican Republic 4, Venezuela 17
Puerto Rico 6, Canada 14
USA 4, Cuba 1

Semifinal Matches:
Venezuela vs USA
Dominican Republic vs Cuba

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Pan-American Qualifying Results Day 10

The second round continued as team jockeyed for position to advance to the semifinals.  The USA stayed undefeated to ensure their spot in the semis.  Cuba and the Dominican Republic have also clinched their spot in the semifinals with Canada and Venezuela fighting it out for the last spot.

Panama 5, Venezuela 3

Panama needed a 4 run 7th inning to take the victory. Panama took a 1-0 lead after 5 innings only to see it quickly be erased by Venezuela as they scored 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th.  Carlos Quiroz went 3-for-3 to pace the offense for Panama.  Kevin Ramos and Concepcion Rodriguez both added 2 hits to the attack.  Hector Corpas picked up the victory in relief and Gilberto Mendez the save.

Canada 0, USA 4

The USA used home runs by Eric Hosmer (2-for-4) and Mike Trout (2-for-4) and strong pitching to defeat Canada 4-0.  Mike Montgomery pitched 5 shutout innings to pick up the victory.  Bryan Henry and Tim Collins added 4 shutout innings out of the bullpen for Team USA.

Nicaragua 1, Dominican Republic 7

The Dominican Republic secured their spot in the semifinals with a 7-1 victory over Nicaragua.  Bartolo Colon went the distance to pick up the victory.  Catcher Alberto Castillo went 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored to lead the offense. Jose Constanza and Tony Batista both drove in 2 with 2 hits on the night.

Puerto Rico 0, Cuba 4

Cuba bounced back from their first loss of the tournament to beat the host Puerto Rico 4-0.  Freddy Alvarez went 6 2/3 innings en route to pick up the victory. Jose Abreu (1-for-4) and Alfredo Despaigne (2-for-4) both went deep for Cuba

Day 10 Results:
October 10:
Panama 5, Venezuela 3
Canada 0, USA 4
Nicaragua 1, Dominican Republic 7
Puerto Rico 0, Cuba 4

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Pan-American Qualifier Results for Day 9

The second round continued Saturday with the USA struggling to stay undefeated, and Cuba losing their first game of the tournament to the Dominican Republic.  In other action Canada and Puerto Rico scored victories.

Canada 9, Panama 5

Canada jumped out early with 8 runs in the 3rd inning going onto defeat Panama 9-5.  The win puts Canada’s record in the second round at 1-1 and drops Panama to 0-2.  Jamie Romak (1-3, 2 RBI), Adam Loewen (1-4), and Shawn Bowman (2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI) all went deep for Canada.  Adam Stern (2-4) blew things open with a bases clearing double.  Phillippe Aumont went 5 innings giving up only 4 hits and no runs to pick up the victory for Canada.  Angel Cuan only lasted 2 2/3 innings for Panama giving up 7 earned before departing.  Panama tried to make a comeback late in the game scoring 4 in the 8th, all unearned, and 1 run in the 9th, but in the end they came up short.

Venezuela 3, USA 6

The USA got its first scare of the tournament, but a 4-run 12th inning kept them undefeated.  A bases loaded 2-run double by catcher Jordan Pacheco put the Americans in the lead, but they weren’t done. Mike Moustakas was then walked to load the bases.  Eric Hosmer hit a ground ball to the first baseman who stepped on the bag and then tried to throw the ball home to get the runner coming in from third but the throw was wild.  The throw got away allowing the runners from third and second to score putting the USA up by 4.  Mike Trout hit a home run, Nick Hill got the win in relief, and Cord Phillips led the way with 2 hits for the USA.

Nicaragua 1, Puerto Rico 5

Host Puerto Rico evened their record in the second round with a 5-1 victory over Nicaragua, who drops to 0-2. Gabriel Martinez led the Puerto Rican offense going 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, scoring 2 runs, and driving in 4.  Hiram Burgos went 5 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 run for the win.  Juan Padilla pitched the last 4 innings to earn the save.  Jorge Padilla also went deep for Puerto Rico.

Cuba 6, Dominican Republic 9

The big upset of the day had the Dominican Republic defeating Cuba.  The Dominican went up 5-0 after 4.5 innings and kept the Cuban team at bay with each comeback attempt.  Willis Otanes (2-4) went deep for the Dominican and drove in 3 runs to pace the offense.  Jose Constanza (2-4) scored 3 times, and Riccardo Nanita (3-5) drove in 3 runs. Ariel Pestano hit a 3-run home run for Cuba in the loss.

Day 9 Results:
October 9:
Canada 9, Panama 5
Venezuela 3, USA 6
Nicaragua 1, Puerto Rico 5
Cuba 6, Dominican Republic 9

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Pan-American Qualifier Results for Day 8

The second round got underway on Friday with 4 games.  The second round will pit each of the top 4 teams from Group A against the top 4 teams of Group B in a round robin format.  The top 4 teams with the best records will advance to the semifinals.

Dominican Republic 5, Canada 2

The Dominican Republic started off great with a win in Game 1 of the 2nd round over Canada 5-2.  Mario Alvarez pitched 6 solid innings allowing only 1 unearned run.  Alvarez gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 9 en route to the victory.  Dario Veras came in to pitch the 9th to pick up the save.  The top of the Dominican lineup set the stage as Bernie Castro helped lead the offense going 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Jose Constanza went 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, and a stolen base.  Ricardo Nanita drove in 2 runs with 2 doubles.  On the offensive side for Canada, Jamie Romak went deep in the loss.

Cuba 7, Panama 1

Cuba jumped on Panama early scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning, and they never looked back.  Starter Norge Luis Vera pitched well and picked up the victory.  Vera went 6 2/3 innings giving up only 1 run and 5 hits while striking out 6.  Cuba pounded out 13 hits with Hector Olivera leading the way going 3-for-5.  Yulieski Gourriel and Frederich Cepeda both went 2-for-4 to help pace the Cuban offense.

USA 5, Nicaragua 0

The USA jumped out early 2-0 in the bottom of the first and continued on to stay undefeated in the tournament.  Todd Redmond went 7 shutout innings allowing only 4 hits and striking out 6 to pick up the victory.  Cord Phillips jump started the offense going 2-for-4 with a RBI and 2 runs scored.  First baseman Eric Hosmer chipped in with 2 hits, 1 run, and 1 RBI.

Venezuela 7, Puerto Rico 2

The game was scoreless for the first 4 innings.  Both starters, Jesus Yepez for Venezuela and Mario Santiago for Puerto Rico, went 5 1/3 innings and gave up 2 earned runs.  Santiago gave up 1 unearned run and took the loss.  Wuilliams Vasquez led the way offensively for Venezuela going 2-for-4 with a RBI and 2 runs. Javier Colina was the big RBI man driving in 3 runs for Venezuela.

Day 8 Results:
October 8:
Dominican Republic 5, Canada 2
Cuba 7, Panama 1
5, Nicaragua 0
Venezuela 7, Puerto Rico 2

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Pan-American Qualifier Results

The Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament continued this week. Team USA remained unbeaten with victories over the Dominican Republic and Panama. Rain canceled the game between the Dominican Republic and Aruba once again. Team Canada rebounded after a tough loss to Cuba with a 10-1 pounding of the Netherlands to improve their record to 3-2.

The top four teams in each group will advance to the 2nd round. Each team will play the other group to determine the final four teams which will advance to the Semifinals. The game to watch might be the USA/Cuba match on Monday October 11th.

Greater coverage will start with round two with coverage of each game.

Here are the results from day 5 and 6 along with the current standings in each group.

Day 5 Results:
October 5:
Group A:
Panama 12, Aruba 4
Dominican Republic 3, USA 8
Colombia 2, Puerto Rico 3
Group B:
Venezuela 3, Nicaragua 2
Netherlands Antilles 3, Argentina 4 (10)
Canada 2, Cuba 4

Day 6 Results:
October 6:
Group A:
USA 10, Panama 2
Dominican Republic  Aruba Canceled
Group B:
Netherlands Antilles 1, Canada 10
Nicaragua 7, Argentina 0


Group A:
USA 5-0
Puerto Rico 3-2
Panama 3-2
Dominican Rep 2-2
Colombia 1-3
Aruba 0-4

Group B:
Cuba 4-0
Venezuela 4-1
Canada 3-2
Nicaragua 2-3
Argentina 1-4
Netherlands 0-4

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Pan Am Qualifier Results

The Pan-American Qualifier began on the 1st in Puerto Rico. The tournament features the best of the America’s in their attempt to qualify for the 2011 Pan-American Games. The tournament continues through the 13th of October.

Day 1 action saw the host Puerto Rico and Cuba win big, while the Dominican Republic and Columbia battled it out in a good game.  Former Cy-Young winner Bartolo Colon was solid as the Dominican Republic needed a pair of 2-run home runs, including 1 in the 9th inning, to defeat Columbia.

Day 1 Results:
October 1:
Group A:
Colombia 2, Dominican Republic 4
Puerto Rico 12, Aruba 0 (7)
Group B:
Venezuela 1, Cuba 9

Day 2 Results:
October 2:
Aruba 2, Colombia 9
Nicaragua 6, Canada 7
Dominican Republic 2, Panama 3
USA 7,  Puerto Rico4
Cuba – Netherlands Antilles Canceled

Day 3 Results:
October 3:
Group A:
Panama 3, Colombia 5
USA 14, Aruba 0 (7)
Dominican Republic 3, Puerto Rico 2 (13)
Group B:
Venezuela 5, Canada 3
Nicaragua 8, Netherlands Antilles 4
Argentina 1, Cuba 9

Day 4 Results:
October 4:
Group A:
Puerto Rico 7, Panama 6
USA 13, Colombia 6
Dominican Republic  Aruba Canceled
Group B:
Netherlands Antilles 6, Venezuela 8 (10)
Cuba 8, Nicaragua 1
Argentina 2, Canada 13 (7)

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Puerto Rico: Pan-American Qualifier Schedule Announced

The schedule for the Pan-American Qualifier coming up in early October released its schedule, and they changed the groups as well. The top two internationally ranked teams will not be in the same group as the tournament has moved Cuba and the USA to separate groups. The groups will consist of the teams below. Stay tuned for more coverage as the tournament nears.

Group A
Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic

Group B
Netherlands Antillies

10/01 P. Rico vs. Aruba (Carolina) 10/01 Canadá vs. México (Ponce)
10/02 Aruba vs. Colombia (Mayagüez) 10/01 Nicaragüa vs. Argentina (Carolina)
10/02 USA vs. P. Rico (Ponce) 10/01 Cuba vs. Venezuela (Ponce)
10/03 Colombia vs. Panamá (Carolina) 10/02 Canadá vs. Venezuela (Ponce)
10/03 USA vs. Aruba (Ponce) 10/02 Cuba vs. México (Carolina)
10/04 PENDIENTE/PENDING (Ponce) 10/03 México vs. Nicaragüa (Ponce)
10/04 Rep. Dominicana vs. Aruba (Ponce) 10/03 Venezuela vs. Ant. Holandesas (Carolina)
10/05 Panamá vs. Aruba (Ponce) 10/04 México vs. Argentina (Carolina)
10/05 P. Rico vs. Colombia (Mayagüez) 10/04 Ant. Holandesas vs. Cuba (Carolina)
10/06 PENDIENTE/PENDING (Mayagüez) 10/05 Ant. Holandesas vs. Nicaragüa (Carolina)
10/06 P. Rico vs. Panamá (Ponce) 10/05 Canadá vs. Cuba (Ponce)
10/07 PENDIENTE/PENDING (Ponce) 10/06 Canadá vs. Ant. Holandesas (Ponce)
10/07 Nicaragüa vs. Panamá (Carolina) 10/06 Venezuela vs. México (Mayagüez)
10/07 México vs. Ant. Holandesas (Ponce)
10/07 Nicaragüa vs. Canadá (Carolina)

Schedule coutesty BaseballdeCuba.com

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Puerto Rico: Pan-American Qualifier Groups Announced

by Ray Otero

September 8, 2010
In a very discordant note, the organizing committee of the Pre-World Championship or Pan American baseball Puerto Rico, announced through a press conference, the joint members of Groups A and B of the tournament, which begins this coming October 1 and will run until the 12th of the same month.  In one group will be teams from the U.S. and Cuba.
Group B, with the event in  Puerto Ricao for the first time in many years, will have the United States and Cuba, respectively second and first place ranking in the world, as contestants in the qualifying round of the tournament.
The remaining members of this group are the teams from Mexico, Venezuela, Netherlands Antilles, Colombia and Nicaragua.
For its part, Group A, will feature the teams from Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Panama, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Of the thirteen teams in the event, the top seven qualify for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011, while the first six teams will get their ticket for the World Baseball Championship that same year.
As announced by the Baseball Federation of Puerto Rico, the form of competition for the Pre-World implies that the first four sets by groups advance to the second round where all competitors face the opposite group. The results of the first round will be “dragged” to the second.
The opening round of the tournament will be held in stadiums Cholo Isidoro Garcia, Mayagüez, Roberto Clemente Walker, Carolina, and Francisco Paquito Montaner de Ponce. Each day there will be two games in each stage which indicates a total of six meetings per day.
On October 1, opening day of the event, the national teams of Canada and Panama, Puerto Rico and Aruba, will all play in Ponce.
In Mayagüez the same day, Colombia will play against Nicaragua, and Cuba will face Venezuela. While finally, in Carolina, the United States will face Mexico and the Dominican Republic will play against Argentina.
The tournament will be decided in an unusual way with the top two teams playing a best-of-3 series and the games for third and fourth place will be decided with a single game.

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  • Puerto Rico (31%, 27 Votes)
  • Dominican Republic (13%, 11 Votes)
  • USA (13%, 11 Votes)
  • Mexico (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Cuba (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Venezuela (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Netherlands (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Japan (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Chinese Taipei (1%, 1 Votes)
  • South Korea (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Canada (0%, 0 Votes)

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