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Yabucoa wins last berth in Double A semifinals

By The Star Staff

The Azucareros of Yabucoa earned the last ticket to the Double A Superior Baseball League semifinals on Sunday by defeating the Patrulleros of San Sebastián, 9-0, at Néstor Morales Stadium in Humacao.

Along with Yabucoa, the Titanes de Florida, Toritos de Cayey and Mulos de Juncos compete in the tournament semis.

The Yabucoa-San Sebastián game was completed after being suspended due to rain on June 28, with the score 8-0 in favor of Yabucoa in the fifth inning. Upon resumption, the Yabucoeños added another run in the eighth inning for the final tally.

Yabucoa got dominating performances from pitchers Cristian González, Alberto Rosario and Jan “El Jet” Martínez, who earned the win with four innings in relief and two hits allowed. Left-hander Bryan Sanabria allowed the Azucareros’ first three runs to take the loss for San Sebastián.

Gerald Ceballos homered and drove in two runs for Yabucoa, while Jan Hernández went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI.

The Double A postseason semifinal pairings were established as a result of Yauco’s victory, with the Mulos and Titanes squaring off in series A, and the Azucareros and Toritos meeting on the B side.

Elsewhere in the Carnival of Champions on Sunday, the Peces Voladores of Salinas finished with a 5-2 victory over Juncos. Right-hander Yadiel Rolón was the winning pitcher with five innings and Jonerick Hernández took the loss. Raúl Febus homered and Pedro Nazario scored a pair of runs for Salinas, which closed the round robin tournament at 3-3, while Juncos fell to 5-2.

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