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San Cristobal, Dominican Republic

Caribbean Zone Qualifier

San Cristóbal

As the national champion of the Dominican Republic, San Cristóbal will represent PONY’s Caribbean Zone at the Bronco-11 World Series (B11WS) this July. It is the second time that San Cristóbal will be participating in the 11-year history of the event. This year marks the first year that the team is returning to Chesterfield, Virginia since 2011.

San Cristóbal first had to fight its way through the Dominican Republic’s challenging national tournament to earn the right to represent the Caribbean Zone and advance to the B11WS. San Cristóbal had to win 11 games to claim the title. The team faced tough competition late in the tournament, including a 7-5 victory over Santiago City in the semi-final and a 3-2 victory over Samaná City in the championship.

In the Dominican Republic itself, there are a total of six PONY Baseball regions. San Cristóbal first had to win provincial and regional tournaments in the Dominican Republic before winning the national tournament. PONY’s Caribbean Zone consists of 22 total countries, some of which are Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Aruba, San Martin, Bahamas, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.

To prepare for the B11WS, San Cristóbal practices twice a week for a couple of hours, and they train with other teams to stay competitive. The team has good pitching, but San Cristóbal’s coach, Mauro Vizcaino, believes that the team’s true strength lies in their fielding and hitting.

San Cristóbal is looking forward to coming to the United States, but the team’s main focus is representing the Dominican Republic with pride and being competitive in the B11WS. San Cristóbal recognizes that there are many other good teams in the tournament, but the team believes that their work ethic and positive attitude will give them an advantage to contend for a world title.

San Cristóbal will take on the champion of the PONY North Zone in its first game at 8:00 p.m. ET/US, Friday, July 26 at Harry G. Daniel Park at Iron Bridge in the 2019 B11WS. San Cristóbal seeks to become the first B11WS champion from PONY’s Caribbean Zone.

Navojoa, Mexico

Mexico Zone Qualifier

Navojoa, Mexico

Navojoa, Mexico will represent PONY Baseball’s Mexico Zone in the 2019 Bronco-11 World Series (B11WS). Mexico has been an annual participant at the B11WS, now entering its 11th year, but this is the first time that a team from Navojoa has qualified.

Navojoa’s juggernaut offense, dominant defense, and pitching led it to a Mexico Zone championship, where it was the host team. Prior to the Mexico Zone championship game, Navojoa compiled a 6-1 record and outscored its opponents 56-14. Franco Mendoza, Ivan Gutierrez, and Ángel Tajia were the driving forces behind Navojoa’s offense. Mendoza, Gutierrez, and Tajia each collected seven RBIs in Navojoa’s first seven games of the tournament. On the defensive side of the ball, Mendoza also led Navojoa with a dominant pitching performance. Over the course of 7.2 innings pitched, Mendoza collected a 1.17 ERA and struck out 10. Navojoa also rallied behind the pitching of Fausto Barreras. Barreras pitched a total of seven innings and compiled an ERA of 2.57. Barreras also proved to be challenging to opposing batters, striking out a total of 13.

The championship game at Severiano Talamante Stadium went down as one for the ages. In the championship game, Navojoa defeated Tijuana by a score of 10-9, and, once again, it was Mendoza who helped his team to victory. Navojoa jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third inning to open the scoring. Two defensive errors allowed Emilio Ibarra and Pablo Rodríguez to score, and Tajia, Jonathan Reyes, and Jonathan Gonzalez each had RBI singles. By the end of the fifth inning, Navojoa added four more runs to jump out to a comfortable 9-3 lead. However, Navojoa completed a series of defensive errors in the sixth inning, which allowed Tijuana to come back and tie the game at 9-9. In the seventh inning, Mendoza and Tajia’s consecutive doubles allowed Navojoa to take a 10-9 lead. Sebastián Enríquez pitched three innings in relief and sealed the victory in the bottom of the seventh inning for Navojoa.

Navojoa will take on the champion of the PONY East Zone in its first game at 5:30 p.m. ET/US, Friday, July 26 at Harry G. Daniel Park at Iron Bridge in the 2019 B11WS. Although Mexico has had recent success as the runner-up at 2014 and 2015 B11WS, Navojoa seeks to become the first Mexican team to win the B11WS since Tijuana brought home a B11WS title to Mexico in 2010.


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