AND THE FAVOURITES ARE???
Conventional wisdom would suggest the Softball Americas Qualifier is a three-way race between Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. But in a tournament like this, where competition is already proving to be fierce, you can throw conventional wisdom aside.
That’s the beauty of sport. On any given day, with all of the ten competing nations at such a high compete level, anything can happen.
A great deal is motivating each of the entries. There’s the opportunity for two teams to punch a ticket to the 2020 Olympics; the top four finishers will guarantee themselves a spot in the 2021 World Championship; and there is the personal pride and commitment that is exhibited by these world-class athletes, every time they set foot on the field.
And who might the dark horse be this week?
Venezuela certainly has the potential to surprise. The Dominican Republic is a good hitting team and could get on a run. And of course, Cuba may yet surprise, based on their history of producing tough, gritty ball clubs.
But, the only certainty this week is that fans are in for some of the best softball they are ever going to witness.
DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTED BY IMPRESSIVE WINS BY MEXICO, PUERTO RICO & BRAZIL
On day two of the Softball Americas Qualifier, Brazil got its first taste of action, defeating Peru by a score of 5-0.
Mexico demonstrated why they are a tournament favourite with a convincing 9-1 victory over the Dominican Republic, while rival Puerto Rico blanked Guatemala 13-0. In the only other contest, Cuba rebounded from a tough opening night loss to Canada with a
convincing 13-0 win over the Bahamas.
It was a day of practice for the Canadian National Team, coming off their impressive opening night victory over Cuba. Canada will be
looking to keep their bats alive as they take on Guatemala in the primetime game, Tuesday evening at 6 pm.