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Sultanes and Navegantes first classified for provincial baseball postseason
Major General Stadium Calixto García, in the city of Holguín, where the semi-final of the XLII Provincial Baseball Series also takes place. Photo: Amauris Betancourt (Archive)
The Sultanes of Holguin and the Navegantes of Freyre, of the West Zone, became this Sunday the first teams to qualify for the semifinal of the XLII Provincial Baseball Series.

Sultanes, as visitors, defeated the Piratas of Gibara double with slates of 11x4 and KO of 13x0, in five entrances, with César Concepción and Jesús Quintán crossing the whole route.

The Navegantes, in a duel of life or death, recovered from an initial 6x4 defeat against the Mambises of Cacocum that counted on the triumph of Yasmani Diego despite Luis Laffita's home run, and secured the semifinalist ticket with triumph in the decisive game 16x6 .

Luis Laffita and Nelson Batista's home runs contributed offensively, as did Yunieski Escalona's pitcher, who could not avoid the homers of Julio David Góngora and Alaín García.

For the Vaqueros of Calixto García it was not worth to them to classify to defeat double, 9x2 and 8x1, to the Indios of Banes with triumphal performances of Elexis Valera and Dainier Cabrera.

In the East the Tigres of Báguano were overwhelmed, 16x3, by the Cheerful of Mayarí who counted on the efficient work of Enrique Machado, but later they riposted 5x2 thanks to the monticular work of Carlos Santiesteban.

The Delfines of Antilla defeated in the initial turn to the Mineros of Moa, 8x5, with smile for Yunier Duque, to the closing the defending champions obtained the division with marker of 3x2 and personal victory of Roberto Vázquez.

Finally, the Cafetaleros of Sagua de Tánamo won double the Leones of Frank País, 4x1 and 7x4.

In the West, after the classified teams of Holguín and R. Freyre (16-8), Cacocum and C. García (15-9), U. Noris (9-15), Gibara (7-15) and Banes were definitely placed. (4-16).

In the East the situation is like this: Cueto (12-4), Báguano (14-8 to 3.0), Antilla (8-6 to 3.0), S. Tánamo (5-6 to 4.5), while Moa and Mayarí (8 -12 to 6.0) are already eliminated, and F. País (5-12 to 7.5) loses all options with a victory count.

For this Wednesday, the double clashes between S. Tánamo-Moa and Antilla-Frak País are indicated.

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