Puerto Rico beat Mexico, 4-3, in a close game that very likely spoiled Mexico’s chances to make the medal round. A defensive error in the bottom of the sixth costed Mexico the game.
Esperanza Coe pitched 1.2 innings in relief and earned the win.
After stranding a couple of runs in scoring position in the top of the first, Mexico took the lead in the top of the third thanks to speedy centre fielder Madelyn Ruffin, whos tole third and made the most of a sacrifice fly to shallow left field. Mexico failed to extend the lead on a double to the gap in left centre by first baseman Saleen Donoe. Designated player Desiree Hernandez tried to score from first but became the third out at home.
Puerto Rico took the lead in the bottom half of the frame. Left fielder Tatiana Roman , shortstop Aminah Vega and centre fielder Victoria Figueroa all singled off Mexico’s starter Yeraldine Carrion.
Carrion left in the bottom of the fifth, plagued by a defensive error. Hernandez took the mound and walked the bases loaded. A base hit by Ariella Jackson tied the game.
Another defensive error cost Mexico the game in the bottom of the sixth. Emily Figueroa scored from second as a soft liner went by Mexico’s second baseman and all the way to the centre field wall.