Mexico Opens A Shutout & Run-Rule Over Peru At Americas Qualifier

Mexico opened the Group B of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier with an 8-0, five-inning victory over Peru at Softball City in Surrey, Canada. Victoria Vidales produced 3 runs for the winner, including a no-doubter in the second inning to lead her offense.


Peru put two runners on in the first inning with a pair of singles. After two quick strikeouts on 7 pitches by Dallas Escobedo, Annie Yokoyama connected the first hit of the tournament with a single to right field. Elizabeth Caffero followed with another single up the middle, but then Escobedo struck out Fernanda Ocrospoma to end the inning.

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Mexico took the lead in the home half of the first episode with a 5-run inning. Amanda Sanchez hit a single to right field and advanced on a wild pitch. From there she scored with an RBI single by Victoria Vidales, who later was plated by Sashel Palacios with a single. Then Mexico loaded the bases and added two more runs on a throwing error by shortstop Stephanie Oshiro. Finally, an infield single by Tatyana Forbes plated Suzannah Brookshire.

One inning later Vidales belted a monster home run to left field off starter Meiber Cabrera adding one more run for Mexico. The first baseman took a low pitch and blasted it into the left-field bleachers.

In the top of the third again Peru put two runners on, with two singles by Osaki and Caffero (who ended 2 for 2), but Fernanda Ocrospoma swung and missed to end the inning.

Mexico scored the last two runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Marissa Bravo hit a double down to right field line and Nicole Mendes plated her with a line drive triple to right field. Mendez scored later on a grounder to shortstop.


Mexico used four different pitchers in five innings. Escobedo, Danielle O’Toole, Taylor McQuillin and Sierra Hyland totaled 13 strikeouts, allowing only 4 hits and 1 walk. Hyland earned the win in two innings of work.

Tomorrow, Mexico will take on the Dominican Republic at 6 p.m., while Peru will face Brazil at 3:30 p.m.

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