Havana city, the female softball is even without its former strength, it will also be one of the teams which will try to achieve a medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla to be carried out from July 19th to August 3rd.
Jorge Lamas del Río, who substituted the Olympic figure Luisa Medina this current year, will have the difficult mission to coach the Cuban athletes to be among the three first places of the event. Their training period will kick off with a total of 24 Softball players since the upcoming day on April 23rd in that capital city.
According to the local coach Jorge Lamas del Río from Villa Clara province, the main strength of the team is located in the pitchers area, but it was necessary to carry out a really serious work in relation to the defense and offensive areas:
“That early selection is made up of the best athletes from the National Championship. Our strongest area is the pitching one. I was as a coach working in the Dominican Republic and we gad many problems in the defense area, especially at the moment of batting with runners on scoring position. We are going to work on the related training on those aspects, mainly.” The coach of the Cuban team, said.
Juan Reynaldo Pérez, who is the president of the Cuban Softball Federation, said that it is expected that before the aforementioned competition that team compete with new selections which will be in Colombia:
“The team from Curacao would be visiting us in the first two weeks in June and it will also be in the Central American competition and after April 15th, we shall be carrying out a related training period in the Dominican Republic and we are planning to organize other friendly games before the university teams, although that last idea has not been confirmed.” Juan Reynaldo Pérez said.
The female pitcher Anisley López from Villa Clara province, who is playing in Guatemala under a agreements reached by some related federations, will be the main figure of the Cuban team that is expecting to return to the gold-medal game competition at the Central American Games.
By Guillermo Rodríguez Hidalgo Gato