In addition to the men’s national baseball team making a historic first showing at the Olympics this year, the National softball team made history by making their first appearance, eventually losing to Canada 3-2 in the bronze medal game.
The tournament’s opening was rough for Mexico as they lost their first three games to Canada, USA, and Japan– all of which would go on to medal in the tournament. The team eventually found their grove beating Italy and Australia to face Canada for bronze. After Canada took an early 2-0 lead in the second, Mexico could not string together a much-needed multiple-run inning. We briefly tied Canada in the fifth when a Suzy Brookshire single to right field saw Sydney ROMERO cross home, but Canada crossed the plate at the bottom of the same inning retaking the lead.
Canada did not allow the Mexican team to score as they struck out five batters through the final two innings, pitching a game-saving two-inning shutout securing the Bronze medal for Canada.
The future of baseball/softball in the Olympics is uncertain, and it already looks like baseball will not be included at the next Olympic Games in Paris. Still, there is a possibility that baseball will return in 2028 when Los Angeles hosts the Games– but that is more question than certainty. If this is the final time that we see softball/baseball in the Olympics, at least, Team Mexico will counted amoungst the best teams in the world this year.
The Men’s baseball tournament begins tonight at 11 PM as the Dominican Republic takes on Japan. Mexicos first game will be July 29th as we also take on the Dominican Republic and then Japan on the 30th. Stay tuned to elgordogringo as I will be covering all of the games! Vamos Mexico!