Águilas Cibaeñas (Dominican Republic) vs. Federales de Chiriquí (Panama)
Águilas Cibaeñas stayed unbeaten in the preliminary round, winning all five games it played to become the favorite for the title.
But in the Semi-Final, the Dominicans were almost left empty-handed, as they trailed 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The team then scored twice to win and advance to the Final.
Águilas initially led 2-0, but Federales came alongside in the seventh, then took the lead in the ninth.
Águilas-starter Carlos Martínez had a strong outing, but ran into problems in the sixth.
The 29-year old righthander struckout eight batters and gave up only one basehit in 5 2/3 inning.
He struckout three batters in the second inning
After leaving a runner behind on second base in the third inning, Federales got another runner on second base in the fourth when David Rodríguez doubled with one out.
This was the lone basehit Martínez gave up and Rodríguez also stranded on second base.
However, in the top of the sixth inning Martínez got the bases loaded without giving up a basehit.
He walked lead-off hitter Rodrigo Orozco, who then advanced to third base on a throwing error by Martínez during a pick-off.
With two outs, Martínez also walked Allen Córdoba and David Rodríguez.
With the bases loaded, Luis Castillo took over the pitching and got a force play-grounder that ended the at bat.
Águilas was unable to get into scoring position in its first five innings off of starter Manuel Campos.
The 31-year old righthander got some baserunners, but none of them got beyond first base.
But in the bottom of the sixth, Águilas scored two runs.
With one out, Juan Lagares and Robinson Canó both singled, which gave the team runners on first and third base.
Both scored when Ronald Guzmán doubled.
Guzmán tried to stretch his hit into a triple, but was eliminated at third base (9-6-5).
The lead was shortlived, as Federales came alongside in the top of the seventh.
Rodrigo Vigil led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Belarmino Campos.
A following force play-grounder by Jhonny Santos then resulted in no outs and two runners.
Rodrigo Orozco followed with a single down the rightfield-line, which brought in Campos.
Santos also was able to score as a fielding error in rightfield followed.
And that made it a 2-2 score.
Orozco stranded on second base.
Águilas was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh, then left a runner behind on first base in the eighth.
Federales, which was retired in order in the top of the eighth, took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth.
With one out, new pitcher Fernando Abad gave up a double to Belarmino Campos, then an infield-hit to Jhonny Santos.
Hereafter, Rodrigo Orozco singled, which moved the runners.
Jorge Bishop, who was inserted as pinch-runner for Campos, was able to score when centerfielder Juan Lagares made a fielding error.
And so, Federales led 3-2 when the bottom of the ninth inning began.
With that, Águilas was three outs away from elimination for the Final.
But the Dominicans struck moments later, scoring two runs with two outs to win!
With one out, Melky Cabrera singled, then his pinch-runner Yefri Pérez stole second base.
With two outs, Johan Camargo walked intentionally, but the bases got loaded when Junior Lake followed with a single.
Next batter Carlos Paulino then drilled the ball into centerfield for a walk-off, 2-run single!