HAVANA, Oct 16 Cuba defeated France two sets to zero today and won the title as an undefeated player in the first edition of the Youth Baseball World Cup 5, based in the Turkish capital Ankara.The Cubans once again imposed the superiority exhibited throughout the contest and won with partial scores of 6-3 and 2-1, with the highlight being the closing one, achieved in an extra inning when with a 1-1 tie the victory was achieved.
The largest of the Antilles opened with its main formation, with two women, Amanda Díaz and Haila González, and three men, captain Jadier Ulloa, Josué Gutiérrez and Alexander González.
In the second game, three women, Amanda, Haila, and Claudia, and two men, Josué and Javier, made up the team, as required by the regulations.
In the extra inning of the second, the team’s management moved the bench to take turns at bat and responded with the winning run.
The most valuable player (MVP) of the Cup for men was the Cuban who was also a member of the All Stars, Jadier, as well as for women, with Haila (MVP), to which was added the designation of Sadian Fernández as best coach of the cup.
The bronze medal went to Mexico – the only team that managed to win a set against Cuba –, a team that defeated the host team from Turkiye.
With this result, the Cuban youth teams equaled the Cuban senior team that won the title in the first edition of the World Cup held in November 2022 in Mexico City, by leading 2-1 (9-1 and 6-2). in the final to Japan.