15U: Colombia Upends Team USA In Extras
The U.S. lost 7-5 in 10 innings and will play in Sunday's bronze medal game.
IWAKI, Japan - The USA Baseball 15U National Team had its chances against Colombia Saturday afternoon at Iwaki Green Stadium, but the U.S. failed to hold off its opponent in regulation, and the Colombians plated three runs in the 10th inning to claim a 7-5 win in the final game of the super round at the WBSC U-15 World Cup.
With the loss, the U.S. (6-2) will close out the WBSC U-15 World Cup against Panama in the bronze medal game at 10 a.m. GMT (9 p.m. ET) Sunday.
Despite trailing for much of the game, the U.S. had several chances to claim the momentum at different points during the contest but struggled immensely at the plate with runners in scoring position. The Americans left two runners on base in the second inning, two in the fifth, two in the seventh, three in the ninth and three in the 10th as part of a whopping 15 runners that failed to cross home plate.
After allowing the tying run to score in the top of the ninth, the winning U.S. run was left stranded at second base when the third out was recorded.
The U.S. also had struggles on the base paths, as three runners were caught stealing including on back-to-back to plays in the sixth inning with two runners on and nobody out.
Colombia made the U.S. pay for the missed opportunity in the ninth, as it scored three runs in the 10th with the help of the international tiebreaker scenario that places runners on first and second base to start the inning. The U.S. answered with one run in the bottom half of the inning, but a long fly out with two outs and the bases loaded sealed Team USA's fate.
The U.S. had its backs against the wall for much of the game, as it had to rally from a 3-1 deficit that lasted until the seventh inning. In the seventh, the Americans put together a complete inning, highlighted by an Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) hit by pitch and Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) walk with the bases loaded to tie the game at three. Two batters later, Justin Campbell (Simi Valley, Calif.) tallied a sacrifice fly to center field to give the U.S. its first lead of the game.
Colombia had little success in the early going, as U.S. starter Landon Sims (Cumming, Ga.) was perfect through three innings. However, the Colombians broke through in the fourth and fifth innings to score three runs that proved to be their lone runs until the ninth inning.
Campbell led the U.S. offense with two hits, two walks, an RBI and a run scored while Christian Cairo (Clearwater, Fla.) posted two hits and two runs scored.
Nelson Berkwich (Boca Raton, Fla.) hurled two no-hit innings for the U.S. in the sixth and seventh frames.