The winter league champions which crown a yearly caribbean winner between the countries of Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic was captured by the Puerto Rican club champion Criollos of Caguas.
The clinching win was secured 1-0 over Mexico’s Aquilas de Mexicali. Adalberto Flores was the hero going into the seventh inning without giving up a single hit. But the game was tied and with the Mexican team getting the support of the home fans as Mexico hosted this year at the Tomateros de Culiacan stadium the odds were stacked.
The extra-inning affair was won by Caguas in the 10th with Jonathan Morales sac fly scoring Yadiel Rivera, who had doubled and moved to third on a sac bunt. It was quite a comeback as Caguas started 1-3 in the opening round.
“This is incredible. The biggest moment of my life,” Morales said, “Sixteen years ago, I was a kid with no clue of what I wanted to do for a living, This is unreal.”
Morales was referring to the last time Puerto Rico won the Caribbean Series. It was 2000 when Santurce won the honors. For Caguas, this is their fourth championship and first since 1987.