Venezuela book bronze medal spot against Chinese Taipei as Super Round ends

Venezuela book bronze medal spot against Chinese Taipei as Super Round ends
12/11/2022
The bronze medal game between Venezuela and Chinese Taipei will take place at 5pm, the gold medal game between Cuba and Japan starts at 7pm.

Venezuela stormed to an impressive 2-0 (3-2, 9-0) win over hosts Mexico in the final Super Round game of the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup on Saturday to book a spot in the bronze medal game against Chinese Taipei.

With confirmed finalists Cuba (5-0 win-loss record) and Japan (4-1) beating Chinese Taipei (2-3) and Tunisia (0-5) respectively earlier on Saturday morning, all eyes were on the last game of the Super Round to see if either Venezuela (2-2) or Mexico (1-3) would make it through to the bronze medal game, even potentially at the expense of Chinese Taipei if Mexico would win with enough runs advantage.

But it was Venezuela who proved too good for the hosts, despite the passionate home crowd. Mexico made the better start with Nelson Rodriguez scoring in the first inning but it wasn’t long before Alvaro Gil scored for Venezuela, making a great run round third to home, evading the tag of Guadalupe Ayon to tie the game at 1-1 at the bottom of the second inning.

Rodriguez scored for Mexico again at the top of the fourth to make 2-1 and defended successfully to take the game into the fifth innings but Mexico couldn’t add to their score. Venezuela took advantage, quickly loading the bases with no outs before wild throw to home from Marion Castro brought home Pither Gimenez and Gil to give Venezuela the first match 3-2.

Venezuela carried on the momentum in the second match scoring seven in their first turn at bat with Gimenez and Luis Marquez both scoring twice along with Gil, Yohelis Colina and Esquia Rengel. That was a lead too much for Mexico to overcome and Venezuela closed it out 9-0 to book their spot in the bronze medal game, while Mexico were confirmed in fifth.

Earlier, Cuba beat Chinese Taipei 2-0 (8-0, 8-3) and Japan beat Tunisia in three sets (0-8; 7-3; 2-1) after using their full squad of players in the opening match.

In the Placement Round Kenya recorded their second win of the Placement Round 2-0 (10-0, 1-0) over Lithuania to claim 8th spot while Hong Kong claimed their first win of the tournament 2-0 (6-5, 2-1) over France. South Africa also finished in winning style beating Korea 2-0 (6-0, 4-1) top top the Placement Round group and finish seventh.