Panama was crowned U-19 Women’s Softball Central American champions, defeating host Guatemala, 6-4, in the finale of the event. Five teams competed in the Carlos Cano field, in Guatemala City: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. The event was broadcasted by Radio La Red and La Red TV.

After a perfect round robin, Panama had to play three games in a row to claim the title, after being shut out by Guatemala in the first game of the page playoffs, by a score of 5-0. However, the Panamanian squad recovered fast with back-to-back wins to finally claim the title. In the second semifinal, they beat El Salvador, 4-1, to set up a rematch with the home team for the Central American title.

Panama jumped ahead early in the game, with a pair of runs in the first, second and fourth innings, to take a decisive 6-0 lead. Guatemala answered with two in the bottom of the fourth, and another pair in the sixth, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Winning pitcher Estrella Gonzalez worked 2 innings in relief, while Ximena Rivera was charged with the loss in a complete game effort.

FINAL STANDINGS

  1. PAN
  2. GUA
  3. ESA
  4. NCA
  5. CRC

RESULTS

Friday 26 April

Time Visitor Score Home
10:00 PAN 3 0 ESA
12:00 CRC 1 16 ESA
14:00 NCA 9 11 PAN
16:00 NCA 0 15 GUA
18:00 OPENING CEREMONY
19:00 CRC 0 12 GUA

 

Saturday, 27 April

Time Visitor Score Home
10:00 NCA 17 5 CRC
12:00 ESA 18 2 NCA
14:00 GUA 3 0 ESA
16:00 GUA 0 7 PAN
19:00 CRC 9 24 PAN

 

Sunday 28 April – Playoffs

Time Visitor Score Home
8:30 4 – NCA 3 10 3 – ESA
8:30 2 – GUA 5 0 1 – PAN
10:30 ESA 1 4 PAN
13:00 PAN 6 4 GUA