WORLD CHAMPS! USA defeats Cuba 7-6
Trailing 6-5 in the top of the ninth, Team USA scored two runs and closed out the bottom half of the inning to capture the gold medal at the 2009 IBAF ‘AA’ World Youth Championships with a 7-6 come-from-behind win over Cuba on Sunday night at Intercontinental Stadium.
The U.S. won its fourth straight international gold medal. In the last four years, the Americans are 31-0. The last U.S. loss was to Cuba in the gold medal game at the 2005 world championship in Monterrey, Mexico.
Leftfielder Austin Cousino (Dublin, Ohio) drew a one-out walk to start the top of the ninth. Shortstop Francisco Lindor (Clermont, Fla.) then singled up the middle to move Cousino to third. After Lindor stole second, second baseman Kevin Kramer (Turlock, Calif.) lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Cousino and moving Lindor to third. Catcher Evan Powell (Lake Charles, La.) then drove in the game-winning run with a double to left.
Cousino earned Tournament MVP honors, was named one of the top three outfielders and had the most RBIs (18) in the tournament. Centerfielder JoMarcos Woods (Orlando, Fla.) was also named as one of the top three outfielders and finished the tournament with the highest batting average (.667) and most runs scored (19). Cory Geisler (Spring, Texas) was named the tournament’s best left-handed pitcher and Lindor was named the best shortstop.
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