Wet weather in the Seoul area limited the fifth day of play to just two contests in the 25th IBAF Under-18 Baseball World Championship yesterday.
After over an hour of rain delay in the morning game at the Mokdong Baseball Stadium, the game officials managed to fit in a whole game between Colombia and Venezuela, in which the underdogs from Colombia stunned the favored Venezuelans in a 7-2 final.
It was the second straight upset victory that the land of the world’s most famous coffee had pulled off, following its shocking 3-1 win over the previously undefeated South Korea the night before, thanks to an outstanding effort from starter Yeizer Marrugo, who four-hit the Venezuelans over six strong innings to give his offense a chance to score some runs.
The right-hander would hand a 5-2 lead to relieving ace Nabil Crismatt, who followed his starter’s suit with three shutout innings of one-hit ball to preserve the win.
Doing the damage early and often was a Colombian attack led by Cristian Cano’s two-run triple in the opening frame that put up three runs off starter Argenis Angulo in the top of the first to rattle the Venezuelans.
Even though Venezuela would answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the first to regain some faith, Marrugo’s pitches proved too elusive for them, as they mustered just one more run off the fireballer to suffer the bitter defeat.
Czech Republic 0, Japan 7 (5th)
Red-hot Japan bullied its way to seven quick runs over the first five innings in what ended up being a rain-shortened 7-0 shut win.
The score was made final after the second rain delay of the game forced the game officials to cut it short.