Anthonia tossed a one-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts and Willemstad, Curacao finally broke through with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to notch a 2-0 victory over Dhahran, Saudi Arabia at Volunteer Stadium on Sunday.
“(Anthonia) did a great job. He had a good fastball and a good off-speed pitch,” Saudi Arabia manager Jeff Fitzmaurice said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen us have so many check swings in a game. He mixed his pitches beautifully.”
“I felt good warming up,” Anthonia said. “I thought I pitched very well.”
Anthonia allowed just a fourth-inning single by Saudi Arabia pitcher Andrew Otis.
Otis wiggled out of trouble several times before the Caribbean Region champion finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Before scoring in the fourth, Curacao left four runners on base and had a run taken off the board in the second when the runner from third left early on a double steal.
In the fourth, Juremi Profar singled, followed by a Tivon Faneyte single. After an out and a walk loaded the bases, Suenley Paulina walked to force in a run for a 1-0 lead. Willemstad had another erased from the board in the inning, when Rileyson Liberia flew out to short right field and Faneyte scored. Saudi Arabia appealed the play at third base and Faneyte was called out for leaving early for the final out of the inning.
Deion Rosalia added a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth for Curacao.
Otis pitched well in defeat for the Transatlantic champions (0-2). He struck out four and walked three.
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