Mexico’s 16-Under National Team fell to the United States, 9-5, Saturday in the semifinals of the IBAF AA World Youth Tournament in Taiwan. The USA led 5-0 before Mexico scored two runs in the sixth on Fernando Perez’ sacrifice fly and a Manuel Paez single. The Americans made it 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth before Mexico scored their final three runs in the seventh on a passed ball, a single by pinch-hitter Alexander Delgado and a sacrifice fly by Javier Ruiz.
Mexico defeated Japan, 5-4, Friday to qualify for the semifinals. Mexico trailed Japan, 4-3, in the top of the eighth inning until a bases-loaded double by Ruiz plated Juan Leal and Carlos Islava with the tying and go-ahead runs, respectively.
Mexico lost their first game of Pool B play August 15 to South Korea, 5-4, despite a two-run triple in the fourth by Paez. The Verde Grande came back in a big way one day later with a 20-3 pounding of Hong Kong as Adolfo Lopez collected four hits whole Yousamot Cota drove in four runs with a triple and double. The hit parade continued Monday in Mexico’s 13-2 drubbing of the Czech Republic, with Ruiz recording two triples to support starter Carlos Rodriguez’ six-inning stint for the win. Mexico was thumped by the USA, 16-6, Wednesday, but clinched a quarterfinals berth Friday with an 8-6 win over the Dutch as Paez and Lopez each had three hits.
Mexico outlasted Venezuela, 11-10, to take third place in the tourney on Sunday. Paez led the way with a 3-for-5 day and 4 RBIs.