At the José Antonio Huelga stadium in the capital of the Spíritus, Eriel Sánchez’s students defeated the Vegueros de Pinar del Río 5×1 with a 5×1 slate, credit to Yoen Socarrás (10-3) and defeat to Vladimir Baños (8-4).
The leaders of the regular phase batted 10 hits and committed two errors in a game that went smoothly due to Socarrás’ dominance in eight innings and Yanieski Duardo’s good “stopper” in the ninth.
Madero in hand were Fréderich Cepeda (4-2) and Carlos Gómez (4-2), while Juan Carlos Arencibia (5-2) and Jorge Rojas (3-2) were outstanding for the greenbacks.
To the east, the Tuneros defeated the Cocodrilos de Matanzas (5×4), reigning runners-up, in a game with 17 hits and no errors.
The palms went to Pablo Civil’s designated pitcher, Yudier Rodríguez León (6-4), who worked the entire route with seven hits, four clean runs, two strikeouts and two tickets. Offensive support for his work came mainly from Andrés de la Cruz (4-2), Danel Castro (4-3) and Yosvani Alarcón (2 CI).
On the Matanzas side, Yadil Mujica (3-2), Jefferson Delgado (3-2) and Javier Camero (4-1, 2 CI) stood out with the lumber. Dariel Góngora (8-6) took the setback.
These teams will face each other again this Thursday, when Granma versus Industriales and Mayabeque versus Ciego de Avila will also start the series.