United States Stays Undefeated; Canada Loses But Clinches Spot in Worlds

The United States remained undefeated, downing both Panama 9-0 and Venezuela 5-1 in Colombia to clinch a spot in the junior world championships in Korea.  Walker Weickel was the star of the game, tossing eight innings of three hit ball, striking out ten.  It was his second win of the tournament for Weickel.  The United States finally broke a scoreless tie with a four spot in the fifth, Albert Amora driving in the first two runs with a double.  Almora was the big offensive star, going 2 for 4 with three runs scored and three driven in.  Jeremy Martinez also had a big day with two hits in two at bats, driving in two and scoring once.

The United States then handed Venezuela a 5-1 defeat, again getting good pitching.  Cole Irvin was the starter in this game, going seven innings and allowing just five hits.  The only run in the game he allowed was on a wild pitch in the second inning.  A Gavin Cecchini sixth inning single, with a subsequent error allowed the go ahead run to score.  The United States broke the game open with three runs in the eighth.  The loss dropped Venezuela to 2-2 in second round play.

Canada was upset by Mexico 3-2 in their first game of the second round.  Panama then upset Mexico the next day 6-1.  The go ahead run for Mexico was scored on a squeeze play in the top of the ninth inning that made the score 3-1.  Canada made a valiant comeback attempt in the bottom of the ninth, but came up short by one.  Canada ended the game stranding 15 runners on base.

Canada recovered the next day with a thrilling 4-3 win over the host team Colombia.  The win clinched a spot in the top four, making them eligible for the junior world championship in Korea.

The United States and Canada are set as the first two teams to qualify for the world championship in Korea.  Venezuela is poised to take the third spot at 2-2, but still must beat Mexico.  A loss to them and the winner of the Colombia/Panama game would result in a three way tie at 2-3.  Only two of those three teams could advance, so a tie breaker would prove the difference.

You can follow the scores and the standings for this junior tournament in Colombia here: http://www.baseball.ca/files/Americas%20World%20Junior%20Scedhule%20Scores%20Stadings.pdf

A more complete summary of the United States games can be found at their website here: http://web.usabaseball.com/news/archive.jsp

A summary of the Canadian games can be found at their website here: http://www.baseball.ca/eng_home.cfm

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