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Tournaments  | Championship  | 3/22/2023

Titles Handed Out in Puerto Rico

Vincent Cervino      Jered Goodwin     
Photo: Capitanes Travel Team (Perfect Game)
PRBAHS Red Outlasts International Baseball Academy

Guaynabo, PR: PRBAHS Red endured a classic of a back and forth affair to plate the winning run in the bottom of the sixth and hold on to ensure their victory and tournament qualifying victory for the WWBA World Championship in October.

Both teams traded blows right away, with four runs being scored in the first inning alone. A number of RBI singles set the stage nicely before International Baseball Academy would plate four runs in the top of the second. The big blow being a two run double off the bat of Jared Luis Colon. PRBAHS wouldn’t go away quietly, however, getting two runs right back thanks to a two run single from Gerardo Prado.

The game would reach a standstill in the middle innings with the score being within one run until the sixth inning. A wild pitch allowed International Baseball Academy to tie the game heading into the bottom of the sixth before a bases loaded walk forced across the winning run in the inning. PRBAHS Red finished with a perfect 4-0 weekend and was even able to defeat International Baseball Academy twice in that span; once during pool play and once in the championship.

Jhamil R Rivera was named MVP of the event as he finished with a .385 batting average and seven RBI over the course of five games. John Ascenio was named MV-Pitcher after striking out twelve batters and only allowing four hits over the course of 8.1 innings during the span of two appearances.

-Vinnie Cervino

The Capitones Hold on Late to Win a Slugfest

Guaynabo, PR: The Capitones and IBAHS combined to score seven runs on the opening frame and the bats never slowed down for either team.

Alvin Andres Martinez Rivera (2024 Toa Alto, PR) led off the game with a base hit, one of five knocks in the bottom of the first for the champions. The big blows came from Esteban Sanchez Hernandez (2024 Toa Alto, PR) who doubled home a run and then was followed by Dian Medina (2025 Dorodo, PR) who promptly hit a two run home run to take the lead early for the Capitones.

After trading a couple scoreless frames the Capitones put up a couple runs in the bottom of the forth, led by a Yadiel R Rivera Santana (2025 Cabo Rojo, PR) double. Then they would add three in the bottom of the fifth led by a Sanchez Hernandez bomb to start the frame. Martinez Rivera chipped in later in the game with a another hit and an rbi and Jackdiel E Olan Guzman (2024 Bayamon, PR) threw a scoreless frame on the bump to help earn the Capitones a Championship Title.

IBAHS had plenty of bats that would make things interesting as the offensive put up eight runs and came up just short in a 9-to-8 affair. Jose Santiago Mora (2025 San Juan, PR) had three hits including a homer, Jonathan Matos (2025 Cocoa, FL) and Alejandro E Coto (2025 Rio Grande, PR) both slugged homers as well, Frank Rodriguez (2026 Cidra, PR) went a perfect 2-for-2, Jorge G. Diaz De Gracia (2025 Salinas, PR) added two knocks, and  Isandel Encarnacion (2026 Carolina, PR) threw scoreless frame with a strikeout. IBAHS continues to produce high-level lineups each year.

This proved to be one of the more exciting games of the entire tournament and it is a well-earned Championship for a talented Capitones.

-Jered Goodwin

Puerto Rico Future Prospects Remain Perfect

Guaynabo, PR: Puerto Rico Future Prospects went a perfect 4-0 on the week with their championship victory to secure the weekend tournament. The pitching was key here as they allowed just three hits and one run to the opposition and were able to secure the victory. Emanuel Hernandez was excellent out of the bullpen, going four scoreless while striking out four hitters all while running the fastball up to 85 mph.
Derek Cedeño got the start on the bump and was able to impact the game in more ways than one. He delivered three strong innings only allowing a single run while helping his own cause out too as he notched a sacrifice fly under his belt. The second run came for the Puerto Rico Future Prospects off an RBI single from Abnel Carrero Rios. After that Hernandez and the defense were stout and shutout their opponents the rest of the way.

Hernandez earned MV-Pitcher honors for his efforts as his scoreless innings were the decider between who won or lost. Jean Daniel Rosa earned MVP honors for the tournament, hitting .500 with three extra base hits.

-Vinnie Cervino