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Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico qualify for Pan Am Games

OTTAWA- Canada and the United States now have some company as the seven team field for the baseball competition at next year’s Pan American Games in Toronto is rounding into form.

Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will be the top four finishers at the Central American Games baseball competition that wraps up today in Veracruz, Mexico. All four countries have now qualified for the Pan Am Games that will get underway on July 11th, 2015 at the brand-new Pan Am Games baseball facility in Ajax, ON. Canada will enter the seven-team event as the defending gold medalists after knocking off the United States, 2-1 at the 2011 games in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.

In Veracruz, undefeated Cuba will meet upstart Nicaragua in the gold medal contest, while the Dominican Republic will face Puerto Rico for bronze. Both games are slated for later today.

Cuba has been dominant through four games in Veracruz easily winning Pool A with a perfect 3-0 record where they outscored their competition 24-1. Yesterday they doubled up on the Dominican Republic 6-3 to earn a spot in today’s gold medal game.

Nicaragua took a different path to the final contest overcoming a 2-0 loss to Venezuela on day two of competition to defeat Panama 7-5 to earn top spot in Pool B. Yesterday they walked-off with a 2-1, ten-inning victory over Puerto Rico to book a spot in the gold medal game.

The seventh and final Pan Am Games spot will be determined at a competition at a later date.

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