Saudi Arabia to even record at 1-1
Offense comes through after one-run effort Friday
Curacao’s offense was waiting to erupt
after a 4-1 drubbing Friday against Japan.
After 2 off days – one scheduled; the
other due to severe thunderstorms – Curacao wasted no time in its 2nd
Pool C game doing what they do best: hit.
The Caribbean champs erupted for 3 runs in
the first inning on its way to a 9-2 win over Saudi Arabia, Monday
afternoon at Volunteer Stadium.
“I was just thinking to win the others and
play good baseball,” said manager Vernon Isabella through assistant
coach Michelangelo Clestina, in reference to Curacao’s opening-game
added 4 more in the 4th, 3 of which came on Kevin Moesquit’s homer to
straightaway centerfield. They tacked on 2 more in the 6th,
highlighted by Jonathan Schoop’s RBI double.
feel good,” said the shy Moesquit. “(The home run) was an outside
Schoop, who bats leadoff for the Caribbean champs, finished the day
3-for-4 with 2 runs scored.
“I feel like the first batter must get on
base all the time and score runs,” he said. “Just like Rickey
Schoop scored the game’s first run after reaching on a fielding error,
then coming around to cross the plate 3 batters later on another
fielding error. RBI singles by Jeandre Perreira and Jurick Obispo made
the score 3-0.
Saudi Arabia starter Thomas Timoney settled down after the first,
facing the minimum over the next 2.1 innings. But Curacao picked up
where they left off when 4 of the next 5 batters reached base safely.
Moesquit capped it with his first home run of the Series.
Transatlantic champs scored 2 in the 3rd to pull with a run, but it
was all they’d get. Shaan Bukhari’s groundout to Schoop scored Thomas
Timoney, who started things off with a one-out single to right. Lee
Aberle then singled home Joel Reimer, who reached base on a hard-hit
double to left.
Curacao hurler Czenvic Rojer gave up just
the 2 runs on 7 hits. The southpaw struck out 5, including the last 3
batters he faced to close out the game.
The Pabao Little Leaguers pulled even with
Saudi Arabia’s All-Stars in the standings, both 1-1 after 2 pool
tough to get down in the first inning,” said Saudi head coach Phillip
Warren. “We just continued on. (Our) runs motivated the team, but
they’re just a good hitting team.”
Warren obviously would have liked to win
and go 2-0 prior to facing a tough Japan team in their pool-play
was part of our game plan – winning the first 2 in order to advance
beyond pool play,” he said.