MAZATLAN, Sinaloa, Mexico — Cuba defeated USA, 6-3, in the gold medal finale of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2014 to earn the title of U-15 World Champions.

Cuba’s Adrian Morejon, who pitched a complete game and was clocked at 89 mph/143 kmh in the final inning of the gold medal final (and as high as 91 mph/146 kmh in the event), earned the Most Valuable Player award. Morejon was also a member of the Cuban National Team that took silver at the first-ever U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taipei City, Taiwan, in 2011.

The United States had entered the gold medal contest with a perfect record of 9-0, including an earlier victory over Cuba in the Super Round Robin.

USA’s Bryce Turang was the leading hitter of the II U-15 Baseball World Cup.

Earlier in the day, U-15 Baseball World Cup 2012 champions, Venezuela, defeated Chinese Taipei by a score of 13-3 (7 innings) to earn the bronze medal.

Venezuela’s Maximo Castillo, who recorded the fastest pitch at the U-15 World Cup — at 93 mph/149.6 Kmh –will add the bronze medal in Sinaloa to his other bronze medal that he earned at U-12 Baseball World Cup 2011. Sources have indicated that professional clubs have expressed heavy interest in Castillo and are willing to offer in excess of $US 2.0 million for the Venezuelan National Team star to eventually play professionally. It was also confirmed that Castillo will continue to represent his country in international play.

III U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016 heads to Japan

It was also announced in Sinaloa that the hosting rights of the III U-15 Baseball World Cup — which will be staged in 2016 — have been awarded to Japan.

The U-15 Baseball World Cup platform — the highest level of competition in baseball for this age group — is staged every two years and features the most elite selection of 15-year-old baseball players in the world, competing on their National Teams for baseball’s official world championship.

FINAL STANDINGS

Gold Cuba CUB
Silver U.S.A. USA
Bronze  Venezuela VEN
4 Chinese Taipei TPE
5 Mexico MEX
6 Panama PAN
7 Japan JPN
8 Brazil BRA
9 Germany GER
10 Australia AUS
11 Argentina ARG
12 Italy ITA
13 Czech Republic CZE
14 Guatemala GUA
15 New Zealand NZL
16 South Africa RSA
17 Hong Kong HKG
18 Lithuania LTU