Defending champions Mulos de Juncos advanced to the semifinal and the Florida Titans drew a quadruple tie for fourth in the round robin this Friday at the Double A Superior Baseball Champions Carnival.
The Mules beat the San Sebastián Patrollers 4-2 to become the third team to qualify for the penultimate stage of the tournament. Juncos has his semifinalist ticket together with the Bravos de Cidra and the Grises de Humacao.
Right-hander Arturo Martoral led the Mules for 7.2 innings with just three hits allowed and two runs, one of them undeserved. He struck out seven batters, without walking. The rest of the way was covered by left-hander Luis Cintrón, who scored the save.
With the game tied at two runs, Juncos took the final lead in the eighth with a sacrifice fly by Jean Ortiz, who brought Randy Ventura to the plate. In the game, the Mules had a home run and three runs scored by Jeffrey Domínguez.
For their part, the Titans showed signs of life by beating the Cabo Rojo Pirates 3-1 in the continuation of the game suspended due to lack of electricity in the seventh inning on September 19. Pitchers Jonathan Rosario and Joshua Santiago led the way for Florida, with five hits allowed.
The result in favor of the Titans caused a quadruple tie in the fourth position of the Carnival of Champions. In addition to Florida, the Salinas Pirates, Patrolmen and Flying Fish are at 3-4.
The four teams will break the tie with games today Saturday and tomorrow Sunday.
Saturday, October 9
Cabo Rojo vs. Florida (Vega Alta stadium)
San Sebastian vs. Salinas (Cayey Stadium)
Sunday October 10
Saturday winners (for the semi-finalist ticket)