LXI Serie Nacional de Béisbol, la pasión de los cubanos. Foto: Otmaro Rodríguez

Granma and Matanzas repeat as finalists in the 61st National Baseball Series in Cuba

The teams of Granma Y killings sealed this Tuesday their respective sweeps over Ciego de Ávila (9-2) and Sancti Spíritus (5-3) to meet in the final of the baseball of Cuba for the second consecutive year, according to official media reports on the island.

Alazanes from Granma and Crocodiles from Yumurinos left no room for doubt and sealed their semi-final clashes in the 61st with four wins in a row National Series against Gallos Sancti Spiritus and Tigres Avilanians, teams that finished in positions three and four of the competition, in that order, according to a report from the agency Latin Press (PL).

Despite the incredulous looks of specialists and fans, the winners maintained total dominance in their qualifying rounds and “molded authentic works of art” in each outing to the grounds, to ratify themselves as the best teams, adds the medium.

With three of his main figures hired in foreign clubs, the manager of the Alazanes, Carlos Martí, moved his chips “in an almost perfect way” and solved the opposition of the Avilanians, who never found the formula to reverse the spell and give free rein to your aspirations.

In the last match, the granease lineup kept its unstoppable pace and the 14 hits were enough to support the work of the pitchers in a silent José Ramón Cepero stadium, where nearly 4,000 people gathered to experience the moment.

Meanwhile, the Crocodiles once again counted for their success on the pitching work of left-hander Dariel Góngora (6.0, 3C, 5H, 2BB) and right-hander Noelvis Entenza (3.0, 0C, 3H, 1K), in addition to the hitting of outfielder Ariel Sánchez ( 4-2, 2CI, 1CA, 1-2B) and third baseman Jefferson Delgado (3-1, 1CI, 1CA, 1HR), author of the only home run of the fight, refers PL.

After more than four months of challenges, the 61st National Baseball Series has its closing card ready: Granma versus Matanzas, with the first in the role of defending monarch and the second eager to know the flavor of the revenge in terms of balls and strikes.

The ball, representation of Cuban life

In last season’s final baseball in CubaGranma won its third title in the five most recent versions of these competitions, by beating the then champion Matanzas with a balance of 4 wins to 2.

The defining stretch of the current baseball season in Cuba will begin next Friday, June 17, at the Mártires de Barbados stadium in the eastern city of Bayamo, headquarters of the Alazanes.

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