Cody Gibbons was dominant on the mound, as the righty rang up 10 strikeouts in the USA U-18 Men’s National Team victory over Venezuela. Gibbons tossed a 2 hit shutout over six innings, while walking one.
The USA got on the board in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Wylie Baumer. The USA added two more in the top of the seventh on a home run by Braden DuCharme.
Karson Martin threw one inning of shutout relief for the USA, surrendering just one hit and walking none.
Next up for the USA is a game against Peru, who won their opening round game against host Colombia.
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From the WBSC:
A total of six teams have been confirmed for the tournament, with four spots available for the World Cup. World No. 1 Argentina, No. 4 Canada, No. 5 USA, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 24 Colombia and No. 28 Peru.
All games of the U-18 Pan Am Men’s Softball Championship will be live streamed on WBSC Americas YouTube Channel.
A total of seven teams have so far been confirmed for the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup: No. 2 Australia, No. 3 Japan, No. 6 Czechia, No. 7 New Zealand, No. 10 Mexico (hosts), No. 12 Singapore and No. 17 Israel.
The World Cup will be played at Mundialistas Hermosillenses Stadium and Fernando M. Ortiz Field from 11-19 November. It will be the second Softball World Cup Mexico has hosted after staging the inaugural edition of the Men’s Softball World Cup in Mexico City, in 1966.
Originally planned for 2022, the tournament was moved to 2023 to better accommodate the changes in the international calendar. As a result, the eligibility to participate in the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2023 has been extended to players who turn 19 years old in 2023.