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Cuba ends third in Baseball Championships

Cuba defeated Venezuela with a score 17-7, ending third in the Simon Bolivar Baseball Cup, 15-16 years category.

At the match played in the Daniel «Chino» Canonico de Barquisimeto Stadium in Venezuela, Cuban players batted in 18 hits and made two errors, while the home players had 13 and 3 of each.

Brazil and the United States were the two teams to play the match for the gold medal.

As to the world youth championships "also held in Venezuela" Cuba and Venezuela were playing for the gold, reports Prensa Latina news agency.

The game was suspended in the sixth inning due to difficulties with the lighting when the score was 9-2 in favour of the Venezuelans.

The championship also saw the participation of teams from the United States, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Aruba, Mexico and Peru.

In another baseball championship, the Pan American Youth Championship, Cuba debuted with a score of 11-2 over Canada.

According to reports from Mexico by Jesus Suarez Valmana, pitcher Freddy Asiel Alvarez was the winner of the game, although Reinier Roibal was in charge of closing the game. First base Yozzen Cuesta batted 4-4 and pushed in three runs, while Dayan Viciedo batted 5-2, and pushed another three runs.

Cuba met Bahamas on Sunday winning 15-0. The game was called on the mercy rule at 15-0 after five innings. They have the Monday off, and on Tuesday they are meeting Nicaragua and in Wednesday, Venezuela.

The other group in the championships is made up of Mexico, Aruba, the United States, El Salvador, Panama and Puerto Rico.

Japan Wins Friendship Championship in Beijing

Japan defeated China with a score of 5-2 in the final of the Good Luck event held in Beijing, a rehearsal of the coming Olympic baseball league next year. Francia ended third after winning over the Czech Republic with a score of 8-4.

The new Wukesong complex, located to the West of the Chinese capital, include two parks, one with a capacity for 12,000 people and the other for 3,000.

The Chinese team has in its line-up several names playing for the U.S. Major Leagues: Liu Kai and Zhang Zhenwang play for the New York Yankees, while Jia Yubing is committed to the team Mariners of Seattle.

Source: Juventud Rebelde

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