The Los Mochis cane growers and the Guasave cotton growers will challenge each other starting this Saturday at the Sfinal seriesthe best of seven, in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP) in which the winner will represent Mexico in the expected Caribbean series.
The cane holders gave the surprise this season by finishing in the second place in the ranking of the winter tournament, after two years in which they did not even advance to the postseason.
The Mochis they were consistent in both parts of the regular season. In the first round they were table rooms after accumulating 19 wins against 16 losses, while in the second they exploded to lead the table with an impressive 22-11 mark.
This allowed the team led Jose Angel Moreno finish as the second best ninth of the season, registering balance of 41-27.
The good performance was led from the offense of the cane holders by the Cuban yasmany tomaswho in his first experience as part of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederationstood out from the batter’s box and won the title of LMP Most Valuable Player.
In the regular season, Thomas it was leader in runs produced with 57 and in home runs with 10, in addition to connecting the ball with a great average that resulted in 27 extra-base hits.
With hitting as one of their strengths, the cane holders decided to strengthen themselves prior to the final, adding the pitchers Manny Barreda Y Braulio Torres-Perezwhich they hope will give the final boost to a squad that is looking for the fourth franchise title, first since the 2002-2003 campaign.
In the postseason, they left the mayos de navojoa in the first round and in the semifinals they dispatched the Yaquis from Ciudad Obregon.
For their part, the cottonwho returned to the LMP in 2019, are looking for second title of his story. The only trophy in their record was obtained in the campaign 1971-1972.
guasave carries two straight seasons sneaking into the postseasonlast time qualifying as the second best seed but falling in the semifinals.
Your best offensive player is jesus castillowho led the team in RBIs with 35 and in hits connected with 59.
The ninth led by Oscar Robles was reinforced prior to the final with the batsmen Juan Carlos Gamboa Y Jason Atondoseeking to be more forceful after reaching the final as the fourth best team in the regular season.
In the playoffs, they finished the campaign of the Sultans of Monterrey in the first round and settled the best ranked in the league in the semifinals, the Hermosillo orange groves.
The final will end when one of the two teams wins four times. The first two games will be in Los Mochis, after which three more could be played in Guasave and up to two more at the home of Los Cañeros.
The champion will represent Mexico in the 2023 Caribbean Series what will be played in Venezuela.
(With information from EFE)