• Michael Houston

US Virgin Islands and Cuba Caribbean Baseball Cup tie suspended due to COVID-19


A game at the Caribbean Baseball Cup between the United States Virgin Islands and Cuba has been suspended due to potential COVID-19 cases between the teams.


Six possible cases were detected through anti-gen tests requested by the Curaçao Government upon entering the nation.

A negative polymerase chain reaction test and anti-gen tests must be given on entry to Curaçao, followed by another set of tests on the third day in the country.


Those suspected to be infected with COVID-19 are three players, one coach and two more staff members from Cuba.


Both nations are due to play a double-header on Friday (July 2).


Organisers will continue to test players and staff, but the Caribbean Baseball Confederation has confirmed all those who tested positive are not showing any symptoms.


Hosts Curaçao did get to play in Willemstad, defeating Peru 17-2 to move onto two wins from three.


The win meant the hosts had scored 32 runs in their past two games.


They started with six runs in the second inning, followed by five in the third, two in fourth and four in the fifth, to seal the victory.


Aldair Daal batted a home run and a triple to score three, while Riordan Windster scored a three-run homer and a two-run homer - playing a huge part in the nation's convincing win.

Roberto Ayarza scored his second home run for Peru, to help get his side on the board.


Initially, the Caribbean Baseball Cup was set to be held in April, but this was moved to May due to a surge of COVID-19 cases before being pushed back again to now.


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: Yahoo Sports)