Nicaragua downs Puerto Rico in Central American Championships

In the Central American championships Nicaragua beat Puerto Rico 2-1 to earn the right to face Cuba in the championship game. It took them 10 innings with Dwight Britton driving in both runs, including the walkoff single in the tenth to give Nicaragua the win.

It was a pitcher’s duel to begin the game with both Luis Cintron and Aristedes Sevilla hooked up in a 0-0 match up through the first six innings. Puerto Rico notched the first run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double from Aldo Mendez. Britton got the first of his two RBIs with a single in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.

Cintron left the game before the seventh inning had ended. Sevilla was cooked after seven. Carlos Ramirez came on to pitch the last three innings for Nicaragua to pick up the victory, allowing only one hit and striking out five.

Nicaragua will now play Cuba for the gold medal while Puerto Rico will have to settle for a bronze medal match against Dominican Republic.


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