5th INNING: A Matt Lipka triple scored Montogmery in the bottom of the 5th to make the score 15-0 and end the game due to the 15 Run Rule. Team USA moves to 1-0 in the tournament and will next face Cuba Sunday night at 7:00PM CST at Estadio Beto Avila.
4th INNING: After a scoreless top half of the inning for Panama, Buckel reached on an error by the second baseman Avila and scored after an error by right fielder Molina on a Wolters double to left field. Littlewood then singled to right, scoring Wolters to make the score 14-0.
3rd INNING: Buckel retired the first three batters he faced in the top of the 3rd, inducing two groundouts and recording a strikeout to end the top half of the 3rd. After a one out single by Marcus Littlewood in the bottom half of the inning, Bryce Harper homered to right center, putting Team USA up 2-0. The next batter, Jake Rodriguez, made it back to back home runs with a solo shot over the left field wall. A Nicky Delmonico double to left field scored Ladson Montgomery, making the score 4-0. Lopes and Delmonico scored on a passed ball and throwing error by new pitcher Amilcar Ayauz. Lorenzen scored from third after a passed ball, making the score 7-0 in favor of Team USA. Littlewood doubled to center field, scoring Buckel. Harper hammered his second home run of the inning to deep right field, scoring Littlewood and Wolters, making the score 11-0. Rodriguez followed with his second homer of the inning. The inning ends with Team USA up 12-0.
2nd INNING: Buckel struck out the side in the top of the 2nd. Christian Lopes and Michael Lorenzen recorded singles before Buckel struck out to end the inning. The score remains 0-0 heading into the top of the 3rd inning.
1st INNING: The game remains scoreless after one inning. Panama SP Andy Otero struck out three in a row after issuing a lead off walk to Tony Wolters. USA SP Cody Buckel allowed one hit in a scoreless top half of the 1st.
PREGAME: Welcome to Game 1 for Team USA at the COPABE “AA” Youth World Championships. Team USA will be taking on Panama at 2:00PM CST in Veracruz, Mexico at Estadio Beto Avila.
1. Tony Wolters, 2B
2. Marcus Littlewood, SS
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. Jake Rodriguez, 3B
5. Ladson Montgomery, C
6. Christian Lopes, LF
7. Nicky Delmonico, 1B
8. Michael Lorenzen, CF
9. Cody Buckel, P