PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Leones de Ponce 5, Criollos de Caguas 4 — 3B Ramon Vazquez went 0-for-3 for Los Criollos. Caguas had a 4-1 lead in the middle of the 5th, but Los Leones scored 2 in the 5th on a homer, a double, and two singles. Then they took the lead in the 6th with a pair of solo home runs.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Venados de Mazatlan 12, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 3 — A 4-run 3rd inning and a 6-run 5th inning (which included 3 doubles and a homer) gave Los Venados plenty of runs. Rogelios Noris came in to play right field in the 8th inning, but he did not get a plate appearance.
Adelaide Bite 8, Canberra Cavalry 1 — The Aussies do play ball on New Year’s Eve, and that apparently agrees with LF Quincy Latimore. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and 3 RBI, and even beat up on fellow Pirate Rinku Singh, who pitched 3 innings for the Cavalry. The Bite got things started in the bottom of the 1st with 3 runs. Latimore followed a lead-off walk and a single with his 2-RBI triple, then he scored on a wild pitch. In the 2nd inning, a hit batter and two walks loaded the bases with Bite runners, then another walk forced in a run. Latimore added a second run with a sacrifice fly. That was more than enough for the Canberra starting pitcher. Singh took the mound to begin the 3rd inning, and he was greeted with a solo home run by the first batter he faced. He got a ground out, then walked the bases loaded around a strike out, then struck out Bite power hitter CF James McOwen to get out of the jam. Latimore opened the bottom of the 4th with a double off Singh, and he stole third base, but Singh was much less wild in the 4th, and he left Latimore standing on third. With two out in the 5th, Singh gave up a walk, then a wild pitch and an error allowed that runner to score. A single and another error led to the Bite’s final run in the 7th inning. Latimore also singled in the 6th, but was erased in a double play. The Cavalry scored their only run in the top of the 9th, on a walk and two singles.