This is a full recap of the three games played during placement round Day 1.
Nicaragua got started with an easy win, 11-1 in seven innings, against Nicaragua. All of the first six hitters in Nicaragua’s line up enjoyed a multi-hit game against Jary White and Kian Africa.
Williams Pravia earned the win pitching 6.2 innings, while Walter Solis needed six pitches to get the final out on strikes.
China beat Spain, 6-0, to earn the first win in the tournament.
Designated hitter Lu Binbin hit a grand slam against Alex Tome to highlight a six-run fifth at-bat by China. The inning started with a defensive error and a walk.
Xie Shijie gave eight scoreless innings to China, allowing one walk and eight hits while striking out four. Zhao Wei threw a perfect ninth.
A home run by Darryl Collins gave The Netherlands the first win of the placement round. The Dutch beat Panama, 2-1.
Panama entered the fourth leading 1-0 after making the most of a defensive errors The Netherlands hit back to back singles with left fielder Derrick Collins and centre fielder Ruendrick Piternella. First baseman Nathaniel Bentura brought Collins home with a sacrifice fly.
Collins led off the bottom of the sixth working the count full and then homered on the next offering by reliever Israel Mendoza.
Scott Prins earned the win allowing only four hits over six innings of work and striking out seven. Cal Maduro pitched three scoreless innings, allowed only one out and one walk and picked up the save.
Placement round STANDINGS