Fukushima (Japan), July 20 (EFE) .- Mexico will bet on the talent of Dallas Escobedo to raise expectations against Canada at the Olympic softball tournament, in which he wants to win a medal.
Escobedo and Mexico, who made their Olympic debuts, will seek to stop the guilt of a powerful attack from rivals at a meeting that is important to the aspirations of both teams.
Mexico defeated Canada two years ago to win the Olympics; Escobedo hit nine batters and allowed one to turn into a winning hero. Now try to accomplish such performance.
Although the Canadians have beaten Mexico the previous six times at the World Championships, this Wednesday’s match marks Mexico’s victory in the qualifiers.
‘This first game is going to set the tone for the rest of the tournament; We are very excited, ‘said Escobedo, who will be competing with 34-year-old pitcher Daniel Larry.
Mexico, ranked fifth in the world, is the only Latin American country to compete in the Olympic softball tournament.
The United States, Atlanta became champions in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, and King Japan in Beijing in 2008. Australia and Italy are two favorites in an exhibition that concludes with the participation of two teams. The first two days will be played in Fukushima and the rest in Tokyo.
Japan face Australia this Wednesday, their opponents are tied 4-4 in eight games at the Olympics, and the United States will play against Italy twice, 6-0 in Sydney and 7-0 in Athens in 2004.
Olympic Softball Schedule:
– Australia-Japan, Italy-USA, Mexico-Canada.
– USA-Canada, Mexico-Japan, Italy-Australia.
– Australia-Canada, USA-Mexico, Japan-Italy.
– Australia-United States, Canada-Japan, Italy-Mexico.
– Japan-United States, Canada-Italy, Mexico-Australia.
– Competitions for medals EFE
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