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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Yankees Corozal Fight Back

Sam Brazenas        
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- After a rough first day, Yankees Corozal acquired their fifth victory on Tuesday leaving them 5-1 overall with just one pool game left.

The Yankees defeated Team Elite 15u Black 7-1 after a six-run rally in the fourth inning. This was a big win for the Yankees since the Elite had also had a 4-1 record going into the game.

The kids did what they were supposed to do and we came out with a victory,” said head coach Eliud Reyes.

Yelnie Rivera pitched a solid five innings giving up only one run and two walks. He struck three out. Rivera is the Yankees “top prospect pitcher,” according to Reyes.

Luis Rodriguez was able to hold the Elite at one run during his time on the mound in the sixth inning.

The Yankees also did well at the plate. They scored six runs in the fourth inning securing their lead. Luis Gomez went 2-for-3 on the day with two singles. Gomez, Juan Ortega, Kevin Davila and Felix Baez all got hits in the fourth inning.

The Yankees came all the way from Puerto Rico to give it their all.

“(We wanted) exposure for our kids. This is the best tournament in the nation so we had to be here,” said Reyes.

For their first time competing in a Perfect Game event as a team, the Yankees are doing pretty well. They lost their first game to the Charlotte Megastars but have won every game since.

We had a bad first day,” explained Reyes, “The kids just got off the plane basically and were a little startled, so we’ve been having to fight back.”

Reyes mentioned shortstop Baez and second baseman Christian Reyes as some of his team’s top prospects. Baez has made no errors in the field throughout this tournament and has 15 putouts. Christian Reyes has only made one error and has 12 putouts.

Angel Garcia has a .529 batting average and already has a home run under his belt.

“(Garcia) has been killer in this tournament,” said Reyes.

Reyes is hoping that his entire team can lead them to a victory in Wednesday’s game against the Dulin Dodgers 15u. 
The Yankees are now second in their pool behind the Dodgers who are 6-0. If the Yankees defeat the Dodgers, both teams will have a 6-1 record.

Perfect Game tournament playing rules explains that if two teams in a pool are tied, the head to head winner will advance to the playoffs.

Coach Reyes said he is “not at all” worried about the game on Wednesday.

If the kids do their job then we will come out with a victory.”

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