Cuba and France earned wins in an International Baseball5 tournament played in Havana, Cuba, on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 October and sanctioned by WBSC.
The tournament, for players aged 18 and older, was devoleped into three different categories: men’s, women’s and co-ed. Each National Team participating in the different categories was made by eight players. The co-ed roster required a minimum three female players.
Cuba-A, Cuba-B, France, Jamaica and Nicaragua participated in the men’s tournament. Cuba A defeated, 8-7, Cuba B in the final. France beat, 6-5, Nicaragua in the third place game.
Cuba, Nicaragua and France participated in the women’s and co-ed tournaments.
France surprised Cuba and won the women’s final, 3-5.
Cuba stroke back in the co-ed final defeating France, 11-0.
Men’s round robin play
Cuba A-France 11-1
Cuba B-Jamaica 18-2
Cuba A-Cuba B 8-2
Cuba A-Nicaragua 14-0
Cuba B-Nicaragua 8-5
Cuba A-Jamaica 33-1
Cuba B-France 16-0
Cuba A-Cuba B 8-7
Men’s third place game
Men’s Most Valuable Player Cristian Basabe Sierra (Cuba-B)
Women’s round robin play
Women’s Most Valuable Player Kimane Rogron (France)
Co-ed round robin play
Co-ed Most Valuable Player Briandy Molina Elias (cuba)
Trophies and awards were presented by Yumilka Ruiz Luaces (WBSC Baseball5 Commission), Higinio Vélez Carrion (President of the Cuban Baseball Federation), Yovani Aragòn Rodriguez (National Director of Baseball), Eros Bernal Morales (National Coordinator for Baseball5), José Manuel Hernandez Imbert (INDER)
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During the days of competition, the participating National Federations had the chance to attend a Baseball5 Clinic at the International Congress CubaMotricidad 2018, hosted by the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB, Federaciòn Cubana de Béisbol) and the National Institute of Physical Educacion (INDER, Instituto Nacional de Educaciòn Fisica).
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