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Colombia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela qualify for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2024
29/11/2023 1 Minute Read

Colombia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela qualify for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2024

Undefeated Colombia and Nicaragua will compete for the U-23 Pan American title. Puerto Rico and Venezuela will play for bronze. The finals are scheduled on Thursday, 30 November, in Managua, Nicaragua.

World No. 13 Colombia, No. 20 Nicaragua, No. 12 Puerto Rico and No. 6 Venezuela will represent the Americas at the V WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup.

Colombia (5-0) dominated Group B while Nicaragua (4-0) finished on top of Group A of the Pan American qualifying tournament in Nicaragua. They will play for the Pan American U-23 title on Thursday, 30 November, at 6:05 pm (local time) at the National Soberania Stadium in Managua.

Puerto Rico finished second in the five-team Group A with a 3-1 record.

After Day 3, Puerto Rico and Mexico were tied with a 2-1 record but Mexico lost to Nicaragua (6-2), while Puerto Rico overcame the Dominican Republic (13-7).

Puerto Rico set the tone, scoring nine in a first at-bat highlighted by shortstop Jankel Ortiz's three-run homer.

Left-handed reliever Jeremy Rivera pitched 2.1 innings for the win.

Venezuela emerged from a three-way tie with Cuba and Panama in the six-team Group B.

Cuba and Venezuela entered the final round-robin day with a 3-1 record. Venezuela lost to Colombia, 3-1, and Cuba was outslugged by Panama, 15-11. Designated hitter Erasmo Caballero (3-for-4, home run and five RBIs) and first baseman Julio Gonzalez (3-for-4, home run and four RBIs) led Panama's offence.

Cuba's win against Venezuela (10-5) and Venezuela's win against Panama (13-1) in the previous days set up the three-way tie. Allowing 15 runs in the last game proved fatal to Cuba in the Team Quality Balance (TQB) calculations.

China will host the V WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup at the Shaoxing Baseball Softball Sports Culture Center. The WBSC will announce the competition's dates soon.

Seven teams have qualified to date.

Africa (1):
Asia (3): BFA Asian Baseball Championship is scheduled from 3 to 10 December in Taipei City.
Americas (4): No. 6 Venezuela, No. 12 Puerto Rico, No. 13 Colombia, No. 20 Nicaragua
Europe (2): No. 7 Netherlands and No. 18 Great Britain
Oceania (1): No. 11 Australia
Wild Card (1):

World No. 1 Japan is the defending U-23 World Champion.