SOUTH AFRICA – The tournament host South Africa dominated round-robin play at the 2019 Africa Baseball Cup. South Africa outscored opposing teams, 52 to 4, and needs just two more victories to claim the Continental title and advance to the WBSC Europa-Africa Baseball Qualifier in September for a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Uganda and Burkina Faso, which dominated Zone East and West, have proven they can hit but have struggled with both defense and pitching. Uganda needed six pitchers and 18 hits to defeat Burkina Faso, 21-15, in a game that lasted nearly four hours.
Shortstop Bernard Okello went 3 for 5 and 15-year-old Jerry Omara pitched two relief innings to claim the win.
Zimbabwe rolled to a 11-5 win over Burkina Faso (0-3) in the tournament opener behind strong pitching from starter Cliff Vint and veteran reliever Hloniphani Ngulube. However, Zimbabwe bats fell silent in a 15-0 loss to Uganda (2-1) as Bernard Adei and Nicholas Alumai combined to throw a no-hitter.
In the final game of the round robin, Zimbabwe (1-2) managed just one hit in a 16-1 loss against South Africa (3-0).
2019 Africa Baseball Cup
Wednesday, May 1
Zimbabwe 11, Burkina Faso 5
South Africa 18, Uganda 0
Thursday, May 2
Uganda 15, Uganda 0
South Africa 18, Burkina Faso 3
Friday, May 3
South Africa 16, Zimbabwe 1
Uganda 21, Burkina Faso 15
Saturday, May 4
South Africa vs Burkina Faso
Uganda vs Zimbabwe
Source: World Baseball Softball Confederation