USA loses 8-0 to Venezuela at Pan American Softball Championships
Hermosillo, Mexico---The USA Softball Men’s National Team lost 8-0 to Venezuela on opening day of the Pan American Softball Championships to finish their first day of competition with a 1-1 record.
Venezuela’s John Garcia was spectacular in the circle allowing only one hit while striking out five U.S. batters. Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.) was the only U.S. player able to produce a hit in the game.
Venezuela took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when third baseman Ivan Paez drove a pitch over the fence to score Arturo Acacio who had walked to lead off the inning.
U.S. starter Michael White (Sioux City, Iowa) settled down and held the Venezuelan bats silent until the fifth inning. Elis Vgueto reached on a walk and moved to second on a singe by Acacio. Paez, who drove in the first two runs of the game, reached on a fielder’s choice that advanced Vgueto to third. With two runners on Jenin Rodriguez came up big with a three run home run to give his team a comfortable 5-0 advantage.
In the sixth Paul Algar (Lexinton, Ill.,) came on in relief of White but a walk and a passed ball but John Zambravo in scoring position. A single by Edwin Jinanes plated Zambravo for a 6-0 lead.
Miller collected a lead off single in the bottom of the sixth inning but Chris Miljavac (St. Joseph, Mo.) grounded into a double play and Omar Moraga (Tucson, Ariz.) popped up to shortstop to end the inning.
The U.S. went to the bullpen again in the seventh inning and looked to Tony Peeples (San Miguel, Calif.) to hold down Venezuela’s scrappy offense.
Paez opened the inning with his second hit of the day and went to second on an error. Rodriguez walked and advanced to second on an RBI single by Julio Jinares that scored Paez. Zambravo was then hit by a pitch that loaded the bases for Jose Manuillo who grounded out to second but still managed to score Rodriguez.
In the seventh Garcia retired the U.S. in order to pick up the win.