CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – The Mayagüez Indians and the Carolina Giants emerged victorious in what became the final matchday of the regular season for the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League.
Carolina beat RA12 home runs 4-1 in their final match of the tournament on Monday, while in a postseason sensation game the Mayagüez Indians defeated the Caguas Criollos 4-2 in extra innings.
These results defined the qualifying positions for the postseason, leaving the Indians at the top with a record of 21-10, the Criollos with a record of 20-12 in second place followed by the Cangrejeros who finished in the third place with a record of 17-15 and the Giants in the fourth qualifying position playing for 13-18. Roberto Alomar’s team concluded their participation in their second winter tournament with 8-24.
The Indians defeated the Criollos 4-2 in extra innings to seize the first qualifying position for the postseason of the winter tournament.
In a pitching matchup that lasted until the fifth inning, reliever Braden Webb (3-1) was successful in pitching for two innings with a single and three strikeouts. The defeat went to the veteran Iván Maldonado (1-1) who allowed the races of the Mayagüez victory.
In the tenth inning and with a runner’s rule in second, a triple by Emmanuel Rivera and a single by Blaine Crim produced the two winning runs for the Westerners.
In their last away meeting, the Giants emerged victorious over RA12 with a result, 4-1, where all their runs were home runs.
Johzan Oquendo (1-1) charged the victory after throwing a third inning without liberties. The save went to Rámesis Rosa. The loss was awarded to Rubén Ramírez (0-4), who in six full innings allowed eight singles, including three home runs. He struck out five batters.
Brian Navarreto disappeared into left field to open the scoring for Carolina in the third inning.
Consecutive homers for Luis Cuberlo and José Sermo returned the advantage to the visitors in the fourth inning. The giant catcher hit his second home run of the game in the inning to collect to close out the game’s scores.