14U NATIONAL TEAM CRUISES PAST BRAZIL INTO GOLD MEDAL GAME
Colin Reed’s CG and Andre Real’s bat lethal combination in 11-1 win
(COAMO, Puerto Rico) – Going into Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Brazil, Team USA knew its undefeated pool play record meant nothing. With only one thing in mind – getting to the gold medal game – the U.S. got down to business early, defeating the Brazilian squad 11-1. Andre Real (Orange, CA) had an outstanding day for Team USA going 2-3 at the plate with two RBI’s and a home run.
The 14U National Team must now prepare for Venezuela and the gold medal game of this year’s COPABE “A” Pan Am Championships. The gold medal game is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 at 3:00 (ADT).
It did not take long for the 14U National Team to get on the board Saturday. Alex Real (Phoenix, AZ) led off the second inning with a solo home run to center field, giving Team USA a 1-0 lead. The third inning saw four more runs cross the plate for the U.S. on only two hits, but also four walks and two Brazil errors. With runners on second and third, Reinaldo Almora (Hialeah, FL) hit a hard groundball that the Brazilian third baseman could not handle, plating Colin Reed (Belmont, CA) and Zach Davies (Gilbert, AZ). Andre Real then came up and laced an RBI single to left field scoring Almora. The final run of the inning came when Alex Real scored from third on a wild pitch. After four innings of play Team USA had a commanding 5-0 lead.
The 14U National Team continued to roll in the fourth inning with Davies adding another single and Dean Lockwood (Royal Palm Beach, FL) drawing a walk. Almora then quickly put three more runs on the board with a 3-run homerun to center field, his fourth homerun of the tournament. The U.S. was not done though; two batters later with two outs, Andre Real and Dante Flores (Los Angeles, CA) hit back-to-back homeruns to bring the U.S. run total to 10. Team USA locked up the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Macabe Reiten (Spanaway, WA) hit a game winning RBI single scoring Reed and ending the contest by the run rule.
Colin Reed (Belmont, CA) pitched an outstanding semifinal game, going the distance in an inning-shortened contest. In five innings of work he allowed only one hit, struck out eight and walked none. The only run allowed was due to a batter who reached base on a dropped third strike.
HEAVY HITTERS: Team USA players combined for nine hits on the day, four of which were homeruns.
For live scoring/stats of this year’s COPABE “A” Pan Am Championships, log onto www.beisboldoblea.com. There are also schedules, results, and recaps of each day’s games.
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