Unbeaten Cuba thrash Peru at Caribbean Baseball Cup
Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Cuba continued their sensational form with a 13-0 thumping of Peru at the Caribbean Baseball Cup in Willemstad.
The emphatic victory means Cuba finish the group phase undefeated, matching the record set by the Dominican Republic, who have come through with unblemished records in two previous editions.
For Peru, this was another heavy defeat having been on the receiving end of a 18-0 thrashing to hosts Curaçao yesterday.
The Peruvians were unable to match a potent Cuban side who chalked up another win in the competition.
Cuba’s offensive game was led by Pavel Quesada and Osvaldo Abreu, while Yoelkis Guilbert, Yasniel Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Arencibia also made strong contributions.
Rider Zevallos and José Francisco Salas produced the best batting displays for Peru but Cuba proved too strong courtesy of excellent pitching from Cesar Garcia.
Favourites Cuba are now due to meet Curaçao in tomorrow’s final.
The Caribbean Baseball Cup was initially set to be held in April, but the event was moved due to a surge of COVID-19 cases.
This year's tournament is dedicated to the memory of the late President of the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) Higinio Vélez Carrión, who died in mid-May at the age of 74 after complications related to COVID-19.
He had been in head of the FCB since 2008 until his death.
(Top photo: COCABE)