Game 31: Mexico 5 vs. Southwest 4

Berrones’ Walkoff clenches victory for Mexico

Author: Gabe Hiatt

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date/Time: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 11:00am ET

Sunday’s Consolation Game at Volunteer Stadium pitting the Southwest Region Champions from San Antonio, Texas against the Mexico Region Champions from Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Mexico brought along a throng of red- and green-clad fans that summed up the contest.

In a game where the lead switched hands on three separate occasions, the fans from Reynosa continued to bang the bleachers and shout, “Si se puede!” Yes they can. Infielder Raymundo Berrones must have got the message.

With his team down by a score of 4-3 entering the last inning, Berrones blasted a two-run shot past dead center field to put his team up by the final score of 5-4. He rounded the bases to the sound of a crazed Mexican contingent that never gave up on its team.

Mexico first took the lead with two outs in the top of third inning when starting pitcher Raul Rojas and Luis Perez rallied their team from a 1-0 deficit. Brando Flores drew a walk and Oscar Noguera smacked a base hit to put men on, then Rojas scored Flores with a run-scoring base hit.

Perez immediately followed him by swatting a triple down the right field line, scoring Noguera and Rojas to put Mexico up 3-1.

San Antonio replied with a two-out rally of their own in the bottom of the same inning. Drew Brooks drew a walk and Travis Daves hit an RBI double to cut the lead to 3-2. Daves than tied the game at 3-3 when he scored as John Shull reached base on an error by Mexico’s second baseman.

In the bottom of the fourth, Nicholas Smisek gave San Antonio a 4-3 with a base hit RBI to score starting pitcher Steven Cardone.

Although San Antonio couldn’t hold on to their lead the whole game, they held fast in the fifth with a display of defense that showed the crowd at Volunteers Stadium why they were only one game away from the World Series Championship Game.

Center Fielder Wyatt Willis robbed Noguera of a homer with a spectacular grab at the warning track in center field for the second out, while shortstop Smisek closed the inning by making the catch on a hard liner that whizzed just an inch past his right ear.

But they couldn’t hold on in the sixth, so team Mexico and their fans left Williamsport, Pa., with one more reason for fiesta.