Puerto Rico defeated Mexico, 4-2, in the finale of the Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018 and claimed the Gold Medal in the Women’s Softball competition. A two-run home run off the bat of Aleshia Ocasio in the eighth inning clinched the game for the champions.

Puerto Rico won two games in a row tonight to earn the gold medal in the regional Games. And they did it with a stellar performance by left handed pitcher Meghan King, who claimed the two wins.

In the Bronze Medal Game Puerto Rico beat Cuba by a score of 4-0. King pitched a 2-hit shutout, with 6 strikeouts, to advance to the finale.

In the Gold Medal Game, Mexico and Puerto Rico finished the seventh inning tied at 2. A bases loaded, 2-RBI single by Aleimalee Lopez, in the top of the third, gave the lead to Puerto Rico. But in the bottom of the same inning a 2-RBI double by Brigette Del Ponte tied the game.

In the extra inning Ocasio hit a home run to take the lead, and King closed the door, giving Puerto Rico its first Gold Medal in 25 years. The left handed fanned 3 in 3.1 innings of work.

Dallas Escobedo pitched eight innings for Mexico, with 8 strikeouts, and was charged with the loss.

Final standings

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Mexico
  3. Cuba
  4. Venezuela
  5. Dominican Republic
  6. Curacao
  7. Colombia

 

Tomorrow begins the Men’s Softball competition in Barranquilla 2018.