LAFAYETTE Ind. (WLFI) – Los Gatos, Calif. defeated Puerto Rico 9-8 to win the Colt World Series in extra innings. Puerto Rico made it to the championship game after beating the Lafayette All-Stars in the second semifinal matchup.
After scoring three runs in the top of the first, Lafayette was outscored 13-0 the rest of the way as Puerto Rico survived and advanced to the championship game.
Lafayette had a chance to tie the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth, but Puerto Rico made sure the All-Stars wouldn’t get another opportunity. Puerto Rico scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth, ending the game in run-rule fashion on Allan Berrios’ three-run homer. Puerto Rico had eight hits in the inning, including three for extra bases.
“I mean, we ran into a team here that I think has lost two games in their last fifty,” said All-Stars head coach Josh Loggins. “They play a lot together and our group is put together in a short amount of time and they play a couple of games in the tournament. I’m proud of the way they came into this point. The way the format of this tournament is you have to play the same team three times in a row. Sometimes you can run into that scenario where you hit a brick wall, and we did that the last two games,” said Loggins.
It’s the second year in a row that the All-Stars fall one win shy of a trip to the championship game, last year Lafayette lost to the eventual champion, Los Gatos, California.