Mexico wins extra innings battle with USA in IX Pan Am games

Written by Bob on October 25th, 2014

usasoftballmancha.42 USA National Team pitcher Tony Mancha hurled a gem in the opening game of the Pan Am games on Friday, but Mexico held on to take a 2-1 victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

PARANA, ARGENTINA – Tony Mancha allowed one earned run on three hits, with 18 strikeouts in 10 innings, but his performance wasn’t quite good enough.

Mexico’s Eduardo Escobedo matched Mancha nearly pitch-for-pitch, finishing with an 11-inning four hitter and 11 strikeouts in leading Mexico to a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the IX Pan American games in Parana, Argentina on Friday.

The win gives Mexico a 1-0 record, while Team USA falls to 0-1 and takes on Venezuela, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (PDT)

Mexico took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Ruben Delgado’s single to center that brought home Cesar Rodriguez, who led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch.

Team USA tied the game in the fifth on Pat Sagdal’s RBI single to left field, scoring Tyler Dudley.

Then the two pitchers settled into a duel that lasted until the eleventh. Mexico finally broke through against Mancha on Erick Ochoa’s single to left that brought Jesus Medina racing home with the winning run.

Sagdal led Team USA, going 2 for 4, and Matt Palazzo and Nate Devine had one hit each. For Mexico, Gustavo Prishert, Delgadillo, and Ochoa each had one hit.

The tournament runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1 with USA, Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, Cuba, and Guatemala competing.

To follow Team USA, visit: USA Men’s National Fastpitch Team

For a schedule of the games, visit: IX Pan Am Schedule

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