Baseball/Softball: Mexico, Canada Win Quotas at Americas Softball Qualifier

Mexico won the 2019 Americas Softball Olympic Qualifying Event by defeating two higher ranked nations. The top two nations qualified to the Olympics. After the withdrawal of Argentina and British Virgin Islands, ten nations competed in two groups with the top three advancing to the super round where the previous results carry over. The Americas Softball Olympic Qualifying Event was held in Surrey, Canada from August 25th to September 1st 2019.

Group A saw the two seeded teams, Canada and Puerto Rico finish in the top two positions, with Canada going undefeated thanks to a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico. Cuba also advanced as the third placed team as they scored victories over the Bahamas (13-0 in 4 innings) and Guatemala (15-0).

The largest upset occurred in Group B where Brazil defeated seeded Venezuela 2-1. Venezuela still advanced as the third placed team thanks to wins over the Dominican Republic (7-3) and Peru (1-0). Mexico won the group by going undefeated, including a 10-0 victory over Brazil who finished second.

The Super Round saw Mexico win the tournament where they defeated Puerto Rico and Canada 2-0 and 2-1 respectively in their first two games to win the tournament with one game remaining. The second Olympic quota was won by Canada who defeated Brazil in their final game 7-0 in five innings.

This was the final opportunity for nations from the Americas to qualify to the Olympics. Only one more spot remains for the six-team tournament. That spot will be decided at the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifying Event to be held later this month.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Softball
* Canada
* Mexico

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