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Puerto Rico Wins Pan Am Games

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Puerto Rico won the Pan Am Games, defeating Canada 6-1 in the finals. The United States did not participate in the games, choosing to focus on the Premier 12 games to be played in Tokyo. Other teams that participated in the Games - The host Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua. For Puerto Rico it was their first Pan Am Gold, defeating the two time defending champs Canada. The poor hosts, Peru, were the only team that did not win a game.

Giovanni Soto got the start and the win for Puerto Rico in the gold medal game. Chris Leroux took the loss for Canada. Jorge Padilla drove in the first run for Puerto Rico with a double. Brahiam Maldonado went deep with a solo shot in the sixth and Edwin Gomez closed out the scoring for Puerto Rico with a two run single in the seventh.

Nicaragua, Colombia, Canada and Puerto Rico all qualified to play in an Olympic qualifier. Cuba had a rough tournament, only winning one game. They had a tough 10 inning loss to the Dominican Republic that was tied 1-1 after regulation time. When they scored 8 in the 10th it appeared they had the game won, but the Dominican Republic scored nine in the 10th to win it.

Puerto Rico won a tight 2-1 game against the Dominican Republic that went 10 innings and then two days later they beat Colombia 2-1. They finished the tournament undefeated.

Nicaragua shutout Colombia in the bronze medal game 6-0. During pool play Colombia had defeated Nicaragua 11-1.

United States Pan Am Roster

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

There will be a number of first round picks on this United States Pan Am roster that recently won the gold. A couple sons of major leaguers that many may be familiar with their names. Posted for reference sake.


Riley Cornelio, Sammy Faltine, Ryan Hawks, Jared Kelley, Jack Leiter, Brennan Malone, Timmy Manning (LHP), Jacob Meador, Max Rajcic, Avery Short (LHP)


Drew Romo,


C.J. Abrams, Tyler Calihan, Yohandy Morales, Anthony Volpe, Bobby Witt Jr.


Dylan Crews, Pete Crow-Armstrong, Riley Greene

United States Puts Exclamation Point to Under 18 Pan Am Championship

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Myworld cannot recall such a dominant performance in a international tournament. The United States were in another league. After beating Panama in the Super Round 9-8 they got their chance to play them again in the gold medal round and won 17-2. Other than the 9-8 game no team got within seven runs. They outscored their opponents in the nine games 131-27, an average of about 12 runs more per game. It is the fifth straight Pan Am championship for the United States 18 and under team.

Bobby Witt Jr. was the big bat hitting for the cycle in a 4 for 5 day, driving in three runs. Corbin Carroll only collected one hit, but it was a homerun. He also drove in a team leading four runs. Tyler Callihan continued to be a hitting maching, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

With all the good hitting it is easy to ignore the pitching efforts. Jack Leiter pitched four innings of no hit ball, striking out nine.

In the bronze medal game Canada downed Nicaragua 5-3. LaRon Smith slugged a clutch two out two run homer in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie.

The United States, Panama, Canada and Nicaragua all qualify for the 18 and under World Cup that will be held in Korea in 2019. It will be interesting to see if the United States keep the same roster. Many of these players will be drafted in the first round of the major league draft. The United States won the last four 18 and under World Cup in 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2012.

Cuba did not get into the Super Round and failed to qualify for the 18 and under World Cup. The last time they won the event was in 2004.

United States Battles for Gold in Pan Am Games

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

The United States has been dominating the Pan Am games, scoring in double digits in the 18 and under division. The only team that has scored within seven runs of them has been Panama which lost to the United States team 9-8. The United States has beaten Honduras 16-0, Peru 26-0, Brazil 15-5, Dominican Republic 13-6, Canada 11-2, Venezuela 12-1 and Nicaragua 12-3. Cuba was in the tournament but did not advance to the Super Round, which shows how far their talent has fallen. They were in a different pool than the United States.

The United States team is full of potential first round draft choices. Can they be better than the 2009 team? Below are some of the players from that 2009 team:

Bryce Harper OF
Manny Machado 3B/SS
Nick Castellanos RF
Kevin Gausman RHP
Robby Ray LHP
Jameson Taillon RHP

Harper, Taillon and Machado went 1-2-3 in the 2010 draft. Karsten Whitson went ninth but did not have a major league career. Gausman was a first round pick in 2012 after attending LSU. The United States still shows it has young talent still worth scouting. Of course, most of the talented 18 year old Dominicans are playing in the United States.

Under 18 Pan Am Pool Brackets

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The top four teams will go to Korea to play in the Under 18 World Cup in 2019. The teams will be broken into three pools.

Pool A (Santiago)

United States, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru and Honduras

Pool B (Las Tablas)

Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia and Bahamas

Pool C (Chitre)

Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala

The United States are the defending champions with Cuba finishing second. The top two teams from each pool will advance to a super round. The top two teams from the Super Round will play in the championship game. Chitre will be the host for the Super Round and the championship game.

United States Beats Canada for Gold in Women’s Pan Am

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The United States finished undefeated in the tournament after their 11-3 swamping of Canada in the championship game. The United States jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the opening frame. Sarah Hudek got in trouble in the fourth giving up three runs, but Stacy Piagno retired the last two hitters in the fourth to keep the lead at 5-3 and held the Canadian bats scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Sarah Hudek and Anna Kimbrell each drove in three runs for the United States. Samantha Cobb crossed the plate three times.

Venezuela won the bronze medal. You can review the results of the game here:

women’s results

United States Women to Play for Pan Am Gold

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

For the first time ever the Pan Am games has women’s baseball as an event. The United States beat Canada 3-1 to set themselves up for the gold medal game. Canada will be playing Venezuela in a match earlier today for the right to play the United States for the gold medal. Cuba and Puerto Rico were the other two teams in the event but Cuba fell short of the playoffs and Venezuela knocked out Puerto Rico.

The United States is the lone undefeated team in the tournament. Malaika Underwood is the top hitter with a .583 average. Michelle Snyder is tied for first with two Canadian women for the RBI lead with 6. There have been no homeruns hit in the tournament.

On the pitching side the United States has been led by Marti Sementelli, who has one win and a 0.00 ERA. The Canadians have three pitchers with 0.00 ERAs (Melissa Armstrong, Vanessa Riopel and Autumn Mills). Sarah Hudek and Stacy Piagno are tied for second in the tournament in strikeouts with six, one behind Canadian pitcher Jessica Berube who has seven.

Canada Repeats as Pan Am Gold Medalists in Wild Game

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The United States gift wrapped the game to Canada. After scoring two runs in the top of the tenth on a Tyler Pastornicky two run single to take a 6-4 lead the Canadians put their two runners on in the bottom of the tenth. Pete Orr drove in one with his third hit of the game to pull Canada within one. With one out pitcher David Huff threw to first in an attempt to pick off Orr, but the throw sailed into right field. The throw from right field to get Orr trying to advance to third went wide and Orr galloped home with the winning run to give the Canadians a 7-6 win. That play will be remembered for a long time by both teams. Forgotten will be the three run homer in the third by Rene Tosoni that tied the game at 3-3. Also forgotten will be the two run homer by Patrick Kivlehan that gave the United States a 2-0 lead.

In an earlier match Cuba repeated as the bronze medalists with a just as wild 7-6 win over Puerto Rico. Cuba rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the victory, Yorbis Borrotto taking Raul Rivera deep for a three run homer to tie the game and leadoff hitter Jose Garcia following with the walk off solo blast to give Cuba the win. After Cuba had taken an early 3-0 lead on single runs in the first three innings Edgardo Baez blasted a grand slam in the fourth to give Puerto Rico a 4-3 lead. A two run shot by Jeffry Dominguez in the fifth extended the lead to 6-3. Andres Santiago and Tomas Santiago shutout Cuba from the fourth to the eighth innings, but Ramesis Rosa walked the first batter he faced and Raul Rivera followed falling one out short of completing the victory.

It is a repeat of the medals from 2011 with Canada getting the gold, United States the silver and Cuba the bronze. The last time the United States won the gold medal in the Pan Am games was in 1967. The Cubans won the next ten gold medals with Canada ending that streak in 2011. The United States has finished as the bridesmaids for the last five Pan Am games, beginning in 1999. Puerto Rico last medaled in 1995 when they won the bronze. Their highest finish was in 1959 and 1991 when they won silver medals. Venezuela (1959) and Dominican Republic (1955) are the only other two countries to win the gold medal besides Canada, Cuba and the United States, with Cuba winning the event 12 times. With their back to back gold medals Canada is in second place in gold medal victories with two.

United States and Canada to Battle for Pan Am Gold

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The United States shocked Cuba coming back from a 5-1 deficit to tie it at 5-5 with a four spot in the seventh. Andy Parrino got the big hit with a two out walk off single to give the United States a 6-5 win. Travis Jankowski set the walk off single up with a two out single of his own and a steal of second. Jankowski had a two run double in the seventh to lead the United States comeback. Tyler Pastornicky also contributed a two run double.

Cuba had taken an early lead courtesy of solo homers by Frederich Cepeda in the second and Raul Gonzalez in the fifth. Yosbany Torres was dominant on the mound through the first six, allowing only a solo shot from Patrick Kivlehan in the third for the United States only run. Cuba had a chance to win it in the top of the ninth when they loaded the bases with one out with their best hitter Alfredo Despaigne at the plate. Paul Sewald struck out Despaigne and David Huff came on to get Cepeda to line out to center. Despaigne finished the day 0 for 5.

Canada had an easier time with Puerto Rico, scoring all their runs in the first four innings to win 7-1. Jordan Lennerton blasted a two run homer in the first, Brock Kjeldgaard added a two run homer in the third and Tyson Gillies closed out the scoring with a solo shot in the fourth. Veteran Peter Orr added a two run single in the second. Philippe Aumont may have trouble getting major league hitters out, but against Puerto Rico he went eight innings allowing just three hits and no runs. He walked one with eight strikeouts.

Canada now will try to avenge their only loss of the tournament with the gold medal game against the United States. For the second straight year Cuba will have to settle for a bronze with a win over Puerto Rico.

Results for the games can be found at the link below:


Jake Thompson Dominates Nicaragua

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Jake Thompson weaved through Nicaragua, allowing just one hit in seven innings of work, striking out ten without walking a batter. Thomas Murphy drove in two runs while Tyler Pastornicky scored twice to lead the offense. The United States bunched together 11 hits and seven walks in the 6-0 win, using most of them early to score five runs in the second through fourth inning.

Puerto Rico escaped an upset with an 8-7 win. Anthony Garcia was the hero for Puerto Rico hitting a grand slam in the seventh to pull the team within one run then hit the walk off two run homer to give them the victory. Colombia busted the game open early with two run homers from Steve Brown, Harold Ramirez and Jonathan Lozada but the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Jose Ayala got the win for Puerto Rico, not allowing a hit or run in his three innings of work. Puerto Rico was down 7-1 when Ayala came in to relieve.

Cuba feasted early on Dominican pitching scoring five in the first inning to give them a 9-5 win. Alfredo Despaigne went deep in the fourth with a two run homer for his second of the tournament. Lazaro Blanco survived five innings to pick up his second win, giving up just two runs in five innings of work. Both runs he allowed were on solo homeruns, the first a lead off homer by Rueben Sosa in the first inning and the second a solo shot by Aneury Tavarez in the fourth. One of Cuba’s better starters Ismel Jimenez pitched three innings in relief, giving up three runs on six hits. The work will probably not allow him to start in the next couple games.

The current standings - Canada (4-0), Puerto Rico (3-1), United States (3-1), Cuba (3-2), Dominican Republic (1-3), Nicaragua (1-3) and Colombia (0-5)

Canada has two big games to close out the tournament, playing Puerto Rico and the United States.