EASLEY—Puerto Rico scored four runs in the second inning and added scores in the next three innings on its way to a 10-1 victory over Venezuela in the International semi-final game of the Big League World Series Tuesday at the JB “Red” Owens Recreation Complex in Easley.
Puerto Rico, unbeaten in five games in the tournament and outscoring opponents 50-3, will play the winner of Tuesday’s other semi-final game —-Central champion Indiana vs. the Easley-based host team —- in the championship game at 8 p.m. Wednesday. That game will be televised live by ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
Mikael Clinton scored the first run for Puerto Rico in the top of the second, getting on base on a fielder’s choice and scoring on a double by Rafael Oliveras to go up 1-0. Jonathan Morales singled home two more runs to make the score 3-0. Morales scored the fourth run on a double by Kevin Santa.
In the third Victor Caratini walked to lead off the inning and scored on a Venezuela error to go up 5-0. Puerto Rico got two more runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth for its 10 runs.
Venezuela got its only run in the bottom of the fourth when Alexander Lopez was walked with the bases loaded to score Angel Fuenmayor to cut the score at the time to 7-1. The Venezuelan run ended Puerto Rico’s run 23 and two-thirds innings in the tournament without allowing a run.
Puerto Rico pitchers gave up two hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Phillip Ortiz got the win.