Before leaving for the United States, Nicaraguan National Baseball team manager Marvin Benard said the hardest decision when forming the team was to leave Norlando Valley off the field.
After all, Valle is making the trip, which is an emergency call to join the national team, because Wuillians Vásquez did not receive a visa to enter the United States, according to Carlos Alvaro, of the national team outreach team.
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“Benard and the coaching staff met with the players tonight (Friday) to inform them of the movement, in addition to talking about the general aspects of the tournament,” said Alvaro, who made the trip with the team.
The national team left Nicaragua on Friday morning and has already settled in Saint Lucy, Florida. On Saturday mornings, they will train at the LawnWood Sports Complex at Fort Pierce, and on Sunday they will train at Global Park, which will be one of the two venues where the Pre-Olympic Americas will be held, starting in May. From the 31st to the 5th of June.
Unfortunately, there will be no empty match with Cuba, as planned.
Vásquez did not make the trip because he did not have a visa, and left the Valley of Nicaragua on Saturday and is expected to be at 6:00 pm in the Nicaraguan camp.
Nicaragua debuts against the United States on Monday at 5:00 pm in Saint Lucy. The draw takes place on Tuesday with Puerto Rico, at 1:00 p.m. in West Palm Beach and the first round of the tournament concludes on Wednesday against the Dominican Republic, at 1:00 p.m., in St. Lucie.
The Nicaraguan team must win two games to fight their qualification to the second round of the tournament, for which the two best teams in each group will qualify. In the other sector, Canada, Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela.
The national team is against the odds because it is a very difficult tournament, which many experienced players in the major leagues will attend, but coach Benard is a firm believer in his team, in the same way he was throwing obstacles. In his career.
Benard said several times: “Everyone looks at us as Cinderella and I like it, because it takes the pressure off the players and we’ll spoil the party.”