Heading into the gold-medal game versus Cuba, Team USA had outscored its opponents 93-13, rolling to a perfect 7-0 record in the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" 18U championships being played in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
The championship game remained scoreless through the first six innings, but the Americans rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh inning today, ultimately winning the final game, 6-1. All seven of Team USA’s hits were singles, but five of them came in the seventh when the team batted around and also took advantage of two walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a sac fly. The win gives the Team USA 18U team its first gold medal in the Pan Ams.
Starter Jameson Taillon dominated against the Cubans, going 7.1 innings while allowing four hits, no runs, one walk and 16 strikeouts, improving to 2-0 in the tournament.
Click here for cumulative statistics from the tournament.
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