Yabucoa win U-18 Double-A Baseball League in Puerto Rico

Yabucoa win U-18 Double-A Baseball League in Puerto Rico
06/02/2024
In the final, the Yabucoa Azucareros swept the defending champions Guaynabo Mets. The 85th Double-A League will open on 18 February after the Champions Cup.

The Yabucoa Azucareros, managed by Wilfredo Puchungo González, swept the defending champions Guaynabo Mets to claim the 2023-24 U-18 Double-A Baseball League in Puerto Rico. It's the second pennant in three years for the Azucareros Junior.

Final Series Results

Azucareros-Mets 1-0
Azucareros-Mets 6-3
Azucareros-Mets 6-1

Pitcher Jan El Jet Martinez starred for Yabucoa. He threw a complete-game shut out in Game One and earned the save in Game Three.

Carlos Aponte earned the win in Game Three, while Yavier Medina batted in three of the six runs.

Josnel Ortiz, who combined four hits and three RBIs in the series, was named MVP.

Dorado Guardianes, Humacao Grises, Albonito Polluelos and Gurabo Halcones will compete in the final weekend of the Champions Cup (Copa de Campeones), the warm-up tournament to the 2024 Double-A League.

The 2024 Superior Double-A League will open on 18 February at the Juan Cheo Lopez Stadium, the home of the defending champions Arenosos in Camuy. They will face Tigres de Hatillo. The other teams will take the field on 23 February.

It's the 84th edition of the Superior Double-A League, which will have 45 participating teams. Three former Major League Baseball (MLB) players will be managers in the 2024 Double-A League. Juan Igor Gonzalez will manage the Cayey Toritos, Edwards Guzman will lead the Caguas Criollos while Luis Wicho Figueroa will serve as the skipper for Vega Baja Melao Melao.

The 2024 edition is dedicated to Luis Rivera Toledo, who will officiate the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. Rivera was a physical education teacher who contributed to baseball as a player, umpire, scorer, coach and executive.