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Aug, 2018

Levittown, Puerto Rico wins Colt World Series title

Championship Game: Levittown, Puerto Rico 5  Seoul, Korea 4

The first-ever Colt World Series championship game at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois was one for the ages between two undefeated juggernauts. After it was all said and done, Caribbean Zone Champion Levittown, Puerto Rico was able to hold off a late-game rally by Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Seoul, Korea to win the Colt World Series title.

Levittown won its second Colt World Series title in history and the seventh overall for the nation of Puerto Rico, the most Colt World Series titles of any international country.

Puerto Rico starting pitcher Alejandro Valiente was solid on the mound through the game’s first two innings. Despite allowing two hits and four walks, Valiente struck out three, and his defense made big plays to keep Seoul off the scoreboard.

In the bottom of the second, Valiente induced a double play with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the third with Song, Ho Jung on first base, Kwon, Hyeok Gyung hit a double, but the Levittown defense was able to nail Song at the plate trying to score.

Levittown struck first in the top of the second thanks to an RBI single by Dylan Luna and an RBI walk by Luis Hernandez (2-0). The team added to its lead in the top of the fifth, when Sabin Ceballos scored Hernandez and Gabriel Medina on a two-RBI bloop single (4-0).

The wheels started to come off for Valiente in the bottom of the fifth as he neared his pitch count limit. He walked the first two batters he faced in the inning, before Kim, Jung Sang hit into a fielder’s choice that also included an error on the play that allowed Choi, Hyun Kyu to score. Another Levittown error resulted in another Seoul run scored, as the Asia-Pacific Zone Champions cut the game’s deficit in half.

Luna then relieved Valiante, but on the third pitch he threw, Luna threw it wildly, allowing Kim to score from third (4-3). Puerto Rico countered with a run of its own, when it capitalized on a Korea error. The insurance run proved to be pivotal down the stretch.

In the bottom of the sixth, Luna loaded the bases with one out, before the Puerto Rico coaches turned to Joskar Feliciano. With Sang at-bat, a passed ball allowed Lee, Woong Chan to score from third (5-4). After a pop out, a Kang, Min Gu single once again loaded the bases, but Feliciano induced another ground ball for an out to keep his team’s lead.

Korea had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh. The offense once again loaded the bases, but a two-out dropped third strikeout 2-3 put out ended the rally and the game.

Five uncharacteristic errors plagued Seoul in the contest, but going 0-10 with runners in scoring position proved to be most costly.

Hernandez paced Levittown with two hits, while Ceballos led the team with two RBI. Kwon led Seoul with two hits.

Valiente recorded the win for Puerto Rico, while Feliciano picked up the save, going 1.2 innings strong, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two.

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