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Friday, April 2, 2010
Baseball: "Lions Roared and Shook Santa Clara"
By Reinaldo Wossaert Silva
A quake of 10 degrees on the Richter scale stroke Augusto Cesar Sandino stadium in Santa Clara city provoked by the roar of the lions of Industriales after they defeated the local team in the final of the Cuban Baseball Championship.
The Lions (Industriales team) arrived in Santa Clara against the wall because the hosts were 3-2, in 4 wins of 7 games.Not even Nostradamus could have predicted that Industriales, the team of the capital, would have gotten the title 48 hours later.
Abnegation, sacrifice, unity and bravery above all showed Industriales led by German Mesa, to win the 49th Cuban Baseball Championship.
Villa Clara team defeated twice Industriales at the beginning of the finals and that provoked the euphoria of Villa Clara followers who dared to predict a 4-0 in their favour.
|Moments of the sixth game played
at the Sandino Stadium
However the insignia team of the capital put itself back and as "lions" went to the field of their stadium (Latinoamericano), won two games in a row (12-6, 11-1), one of them with a knot out score, and tied the series.
Industriales encouraged by its fans in their own stadium fought hard to win the third game, but the excellent performance of right pitcher Freddy Asiel Alvarez and the timely hitting of Ariel Pestano and Ariel Borrero washed away a victory and was defeated 6-3.
The victorious impetus took hold of the inhabitants of Santa Clara again. Phrases like "We are going to kill the lion on Tuesday" or "this Championship is ours" were heard from Yuri a furibund fan of Villa Clara team.
Finally on Tuesday, March 20, 2010 the seats of Sandino Stadium were filled up of people in orange. The crowd rose with joy at the beginning of the game with the early 4-0 lead of the local team.
That was the games the "oranges" (Villa Clara team) had to win, but they were unable to handle their lead and Industriales step by step made smaller, untied and finally defeated them 8-5.
In the final game on March 31Arleys Sanchez was the opener pitcher by Industriales and Luis Borroto by locals. Locals took the lead since the beginning scoring one run in the first inning. The local pitcher pitched effectively for three innings when Serguey Perez of Industriales tied the match with a home run.
Villa Clara took the lead again in the fifth, but the lions tied again in the sixth and scored again in the seventh.
Industriales victory seemed a matter of time, but locals scored three runs in the eighth and tied the game 5-5.
Finally the game went to over innings and in the tenth Industriales scored two runs and won the title 7-5.
And it could not ask for more, seven games to define the winner of the championship and to top the last game took more than nine innings to define the winner.
Beyond Industrielaes victory, Cuban baseball also won and above all its fans who supported the team all the time and the same that receives them eagerly in the streets of the Cuban capital. (Taken from Prensa Laina)