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The Bahamas overpowered by Cuba

Team Bahamas took one on the chin yesterday, suffering a tough 6-0 loss to regional powerhouse Cuba in youth baseball.

The young Bahamian players from the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) were simply overpowered by one of the more dominant pitchers in the tournament so far, Cuban youngster Cristian Yosvani. Yosvani hurled a perfect game, striking out 17 of the 18 batters he faced. Team Bahamas shortstop Alexander Eneas was the only player of the team to get the ball in play yesterday afternoon.

With that, Team Bahamas fell to a 2-2 win/loss record at the Little League Caribbean and Latin American Championships that is currently ongoing in Willemstad, Curaçao. The team is out of contention for the semifinals, but still has one final pool game remaining. They will play the Dominican Republic at 10 a.m. this morning at the Stadion Post 6 Park in Willemstad.

“There’s nothing much to say. We were just outmatched. We made some key mistakes early in the first inning, and it was tough to recover after that, especially when you have a pitcher opposite you who was pitching the way he was,” said Team Bahamas Head Coach Javier “Sonic” Bowe yesterday. “Our pitching fared well. Kudos to Bohan Adderley and Arthur Rolle, but we clearly could not match them. The speed that the Cuban pitcher was throwing with, we would not have seen anything like that all year.”

Going into yesterday’s game against Cuba, Durwuan Stuart was hitting the cover off the ball for Team Bahamas, but even he paled in comparison to the heat coming from the Cuban pitcher yesterday. Prior to yesterday, Stuart was 7-for-9 with two home-runs and nine RBIs in three games. Against Yosvani, he was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.

Bowe said that the morale of the team remains high.

“The team is upbeat. They fought hard and they fought well. I tip my hat to my team,” said Bowe. “The boys went out there and they played as hard as they could play – they just couldn’t match up against a superior pitcher today. We have one more game to go, and we’re going to go out there and give it our all against the Dominican Republic.”

Adderley started the game for Team Bahamas, giving up four hits and two runs in three innings of work. He struck out five batters and walked two. Rolle came on in relief, hurling the final three innings for Team Bahamas. He gave up five hits and four runs. Rolle struck out three and walked one.

In total, Adderley threw 42 strikes in 71 pitches. Rolle had a pitch count of 36 and threw 25 strikes.

Team Bahamas lost their first game to Curacao’s B team, Pariba Little League, 7-3, on Saturday. They bounced back to win their next two games, 15-0, over Bonaire on Sunday, and 11-0 over Antigua and Barbuda on Monday. In the game against Curacao’s B team, Team Bahamas was just two outs away from victory. They led 3-0 before Cuba erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth inning.

The semifinals are set for Friday, the championship game will be held on Saturday and just the winner from the week-long tournament will advance to the Little League World Series, set for August 15-25, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA – arguably the biggest and most prestigious 12-and-under (12U) tournament in the world.

Team Bahamas plays out of Pool B with Curacao’s B team – Pariba Little League, Bonaire, Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Over in Pool A are Aruba, Curacao’s A team – Pabao Little League, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting
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