By The Star Staff
The Caguas Criollos defeated the Santurce Crabbers 1-0 on Sunday night at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Hato Rey, and now await either the Ponce Lions or the Carolina Giants in the final series of the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League.
“We are satisfied with what we have achieved so far; we set the goal of reaching out, attracting more fans, creating a good atmosphere during the season … and we achieved it,” Crabbers President Carlos Iguina Oharriz said after the game. “Unfortunately we fell, but it was a well-fought and strong semifinal for both teams. We are very proud and we know that next season we will come back stronger.”
Caguas won the best-of-seven semifinal series A in five games winning four straight after dropping the first game of the 2023-24 postseason. The Criollos are back in the winter league finals after a year’s absence.
A solo home run by Pedro León in the third inning was the only hit by Caguas until the ninth, and would prove to be enough to be the winning margin for the visitors.
León went deep against left-hander Eduardo Rivera, who took the loss with four strikeouts in three innings of work.
The Criollos used eight pitchers to blank Santurce, with just four hits allowed. The victory went to left-hander Christian Torres, with two strikeouts and a pair of hits in 1.1 innings of relief. Yacksel Ríos earned the save in a hitless 1.2 innings, striking out two.
Ponce and Carolina were slated to play Game 6 of their semifinals series on Monday night.