USA moves to 2-0 at COPABE Qualifier
U.S. defeats Mexico, plays Honduras on Monday
USA scored eight runs in the first inning on only five hits as Mexico's starting pitcher, Luis Guzman, struggled to find the strike zone. Compiling three walks and two hit batters, the U.S. picked up an RBI single from C.J. Hinojosa (Spring, Texas) and an RBI double and triple by Albert Almora (Hialeah, Fla.) as Almora continued his hot hitting in the tournament.
Mexico threatened in the first inning as well though. With Cody Poteet (Bonita, Calif.) on the mound Mexico grabbed a lead off walk and saw a fly ball drop past an outstretched Anthony Alford (Columbia, Miss.) to put the lead off walk on third base and another runner on first. But the threat was undeveloped as a fly out to right-fielder Jonny Locher (Burien, Wash.) ended the inning.
With two outs, USA pieced together a barrage of hits, walks and capitalized on Mexico errors in the second inning to add 11 more runs to their lead. Highlighted by Hinojosa's base-clearing triple to right-centerfield and an RBI triple by Brandon Viceral (Pleasanton, Calif.), the U.S. found themselves up 16-0 after two.
The runs continued pouring in during the third inning as well as the U.S. posted 11 more runs courtesy of some untimely Mexico errors and some clutch U.S. hits.
Connor Martin (San Jose, Calif.) hit a base-clearing triple down the right-field line and Jeremy Martinez hit the first grand-slam home run in U.S. 14U history that cleared the wall leading out of the stadium (400 feet long, 25 feet high).
Six different players tallied multiple hits in today's game. Jeremy Martinez led the team with 5 RBI while C.J. Hinojosa and Jonny Locher added four RBI apiece as well.
Cody Poteet pitched all three innings for Team USA as his 12 batters faced resulted in only 1 hit. In the win, Poteet (1-0) picked up five strikeouts while surrendering only two walks.
This game broke many 14U National Team Program records including Runs Scored (30), Hits (19), RBI (26), Triples (5), Doubles (6), and Walks (7).
Team USA has now won 16 consecutive international games, remaining undefeated all-time.
The next game will be Monday, November 30, 2008 at 7pm versus Honduras.