Shawn Ross’ two-run home run was the difference in Puerto Rico’s 3-1 victory over Germany. Germany had been leading 2-1.
On Friday, in the Placement Round of the IV WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup, Puerto Rico defeated Germany 3-1 thanks to a home run by Shawn Ross that drove in two runs. This home run was the game-winning hit.
Although Puerto Rico had more hits (9-3) than Germany, they did not tie the game until the sixth inning and required a two-run homer from Shawn Ross in the seventh inning to grab the lead. The game was saved by Edwin Sanchez’s perfect pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Paul Wittmann scored for Germany in the bottom of the second inning, capitalizing on Simon Liedtke’s two-base hit to the left center of the field.
After the reliever for Puerto Rico, Juan Marcano, let up a triple and two walks in the bottom of the fourth inning, Germany had a chance to expand their lead and take the game. After that, with the bases loaded, he got Cody Schultz out of the way to end the inning.
After five innings in which neither team scored, Puerto Rico’s Ezequiel Pagan advanced to second on a single by Glenn Santiago. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Pagan scored a run thanks to an error, tying the score at 1-1.
Shawn Ross Hitting The Fourth Offering by Brandon
In the first at-bat of the seventh inning, Oscar Santos hit a double to the right center field gap. After working the count to 1-2, Ross hit the fourth offering from the German reliever Brandon Schrepf over the wall in left field for a two-run home run, which ultimately won the game for the Germans.
As a result of the Placement Round, Puerto Rico is currently tied for first place with the Netherlands and Venezuela. On Saturday, Puerto Rico will play against Venezuela, while Germany will round up the tournament by playing against the Netherlands.
That provided an escape.
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