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Aug, 2017

Levittown, Puerto Rico wins Bronco World Series

2017 Bronco World Series Championship Game: Levittown, Puerto Rico 16 Tijuana, Mexico 6

Having already won its semifinal Saturday, Caribbean Zone Champion Levittown, Puerto Rico had to wait to see who it would play in the championship game of the Bronco World Series Sunday afternoon. As the team waited, it witnessed Mexico Zone Champion Tijuana, Baja California defeat West Zone Champion Torrance California 38-3. Despite Tijuana's powerful offense going off in the semifinals, Levittown's proved to be better Sunday in the championship game, as Puerto Rico won 16-6.

The game was tied at four all heading into the top of the fifth inning, when Levittown finally broke through. Two singles and a groundout to start the inning placed two runners in scoring position, setting up Kristopher Rivera to cash them both in with a single to right field. Jose Rosa reached on an error during the next at-bat, giving Puerto Rico two more base runners. In a huge spot in the game, Alejandro Rodriguez broke the game open when he hit a three-run blast to center field to give his team a 9-4 lead.

Tijuana's Enrique Hernandez appeared to get his team right back in it, when he led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot to center (9-5), but after two Mexico hitters reached base by way of a single and a called third strike-passed ball, a strikeout and a groundout ended the team's chance of adding on.

Rivera followed up his two-RBI single in the fifth with an even more impressive feat in the sixth, as he crushed a ball to right field, scoring Jael Fines and Jesus Fortis, making it 12-5 Levittown. The two teams traded home runs in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh. Tijuana's Hector Najera Rivera hit a solo home run to center (12-6), and Fortis hit a two-run bomb to center, after Harry Gomez scored on an error, making the game 16-6 for Puerto Rico.


Three-straight outs in the bottom of the seventh ended the game.

Both teams combined to hit nine home runs in the championship game. Rivera fell one RBI short of tying a Bronco World Series record, set by fellow Puerto Ricans Luis Oneill of Bayamon (1998) and
Kevin Ortiz of Caguas (2009) with six total in the championship game, which led the team. Puerto Rico cranked out 16 runs on 13 hits in the game.

Mexico was marred by 10 strikeouts at the plate and five errors in the field.

The 2017 Bronco World Series title represents Levittown's fifth overall and first since 2005. Puerto Rico has now won the Caribbean Zone 12 Bronco World Series titles, the most of any U.S. state or international country who has participated in the event.

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