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No. 5 pitcher Rosina leads Caribbean champs past Canada

Here is a closer look at Willemstad, Cuaracao’s, 8-1 win over Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday at Lamade Stadium in an elimination game.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Shendrion Martinus came up with one out and a runner on second just three batters into the game and came up big with a double to left field. He drove it high over the head and glove of Canada’s left fielder. It scored the game’s first run and, from there, Curacao kept tacking on the runs and quickly led 2-0 in the first inning before scoring another two in the second.

CANADA PLAYER OF THE GAME: Timmy Piasentin did everything he could on the mound to keep Canada in the game. The pitcher recorded eight strikeouts through his 4 2/3 innings of work before being relieved in the fifth. Of the five runs Curacao scored against Piasentin, three came as the result of well-hit shots landing just out of the reach of Canada’s outfielders, and another was the result of an error. While he was pitching well, Piasentin was also good at the plate. He was the only Canada player with multiple hits. He also had a double in the first inning.

CURACAO PLAYER OF THE GAME: Keven Rosina threw a shutout, yielding just three hits to Canada, only one of which was for extra bases. Rosina kept frustrating Canada’s batters and twice forced a three-up, three-down inning. He ended with seven strikeouts, allowed just one earned run and issued one walk. He’s also the fifth pitcher Curacao has in the rotation, proving just how deep the Caribbean champions are in pitching.

BIG INNING: The Caribbean region champions came out swinging right away and didn’t waste time putting runners on base. After a strikeout started the game, Curley Martha and Shendrion Martinus had back-to-back doubles to score a run and Nathan Castillo had an RBI single to right to bring in the second run to go ahead, 2-0.

BEST EFFORT: Give credit to Canada. Trailing Curacao by eight runs, Canada never gave up. In the top of the sixth inning, Canada had three runners reach base and used any opportunity they had to try to make things happen. A wild pitch allowed Brady Dorwart to take off from third and just beat the throw to home to give Canada it’s lone run. Canada was facing long odds to rally for eight runs in an inning, but you can’t take away the team’s hustle for trying their best to come back.

FLASHING LEATHER: Curacao’s infielders make fielding look easy. In the top of the fifth inning, Canada’s Andy Paik lifted a ball which looked like it’d drop in shallow left for a single. But Curacao third baseman Jurdrick Profar had other ideas. Profar jumped and snagged it out of the air for an incredible catch. It was a smooth play that highlighted just how talented Curacao is overall.

WHAT THE ADULTS SAY: “He is our fifth pitcher and fifth starter in the rotation and we know that he can do the job. His pitching is very good. He’s been playing very well and his curveball did well, too,” Curacao manager Michelangelo Celestina about Rosina.

WHAT THE KIDS SAY: “One-hundred percent confident,” Rosina on how he felt going into an elimination game on the mound. “I’m very excited and looking forward to more pitching (opportunities).”

WHAT IT MEANS: Canada is eliminated from the tournament. Curacao advances and play Venezuela today at Lamade Stadium at 3 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner of that game has a spot in the losers’ bracket final Thursday afternoon.

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