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U-18 Men's Softball World Cup 2020 - Official Payoff
27/02/2020 1 Minute Read

Mexico 7-5 South Africa: Ramirez powers explosive third inning in Mexico’s win

Khristian Ramirez's home run highlighted the explosive third inning for Mexico to beat South Africa 7-5 at the U-18 Men's Softball World Cup

Khristian Ramirez’s home run topped the blazing series of plays in the third inning to lead Mexico to a 7-5 victory over South Africa at the placement round of the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup at Colquhoun Park in Palmerston North City in New Zealand.

In their victory, Ramirez plated three runners and added a run of his own, while Marco and Fabian Diaz pitched for Mexico in 3 and 2.2 innings, respectively, and combined 11 strikeouts. Yahir Albelaiz started the game for Mexico.

After a scoreless first inning, Kyle Weideman hit a 2-run RBI triple to drive Adrian Roche Roberts and Sylvester Maredi to put his team on top in the second inning.

Mexico made a big comeback in the bottom of the third inning, mounting a 2-out, 7-run rally. An error by second baseman Ethan Buckley opened the door for Mexico to 4 consecutive singles to take a 4-2 lead.

Then Ramirez hit a home run to deep centre field with Josue Martinez and Fernando Lopez on base completing the Mexican seven-run blowout.

South African managed to score thereafter – two runs in the fifth inning and another one in the sixth. Kiddo Malematja singled to the centre field to give way to Nicholas De Ascensao to score, then a sacrifice fly ultimately allowed him to score a run. In the sixth inning, De Ascensao hit a single to the right side to get Ethan Buckley to the home plate.

South Africa conceded the game at 7-5 as Mexico controlled the seventh inning without any runs.