Illustrative image. Photo: Archive/Cubadebate.

Cuba debuted today with a 13-0 knockout victory over Costa Rica in the Pan American Baseball Championship for under-23s, which is being played in this country until next Thursday.

Starter Dorvis Navarro (4.0 IP, 1H, 4K, 2BB) signed the success supported by good control over his fastball and changeup. Meanwhile, the offense produced 13 hits, including a home run by Alejandro Escobar, who scored runs in the five innings that the game lasted.

The biggest clusters of runs were in the second and fourth innings, when they managed to step on the rubber five times in each.

Also standing out at bat were waiter and ninth-hitter Adrian Perez (3-3, 3CI), his brother, catcher and fourth hitter Andrys Perez (2-2, 2CI), and outfielder and fifth in the lineup Carlos Monier (3-3, 2CI).

The masked man, the only repeater of the Pre-World Cup played in 2022 here in Nicaragua, highlighted the synergy of the group in order to get the ticket for the world event in 2024 and praised the work of pitcher Navarro.

With this win, the Cubans start ahead in preliminary group B, where today Venezuela and Curacao also play, and Colombia against Panama.

On the other side, the Dominican Republic defeated Argentina 6-5 and embraced the leadership of that segment with Nicaragua, Puerto Rico's victim last night with a 3-2 slate.

The continental tournament offers four tickets to the World Cup, which will be assigned to the top two teams in each group.

(With information from Prensa Latina)