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Among the six best teams in the world, Team Mexico recently competed at the Olympics in Tokyo. Team Mexico dropped its first three games in the Opening Round but bounced back with a pair of wins to earn a spot in the Medal Round.
In the first victory, the squad topped Team Italy, 5-0, behind a complete game one-hitter from Dallas Escobedo on July 25. The bats were hot for Team Mexico, as they recorded nine hits and a trio of home runs in the win.
Team Mexico followed up with another strong offensive performance on July 26, coming away with 11 hits in a 4-1 win over Team Australia. The win secured Team Mexico a spot in the bronze medal game.
Despite outhitting Team Canada in the bronze medal game, 7-6, Team Mexico narrowly fell to the Canadian squad, 3-2. Although Co-Head Coach of Team Mexico Carlos Caro had hopes for the gold, the Olympic experience was still an unforgettable one.
“It was a great experience,” Caro shared. “It’s the biggest event worldwide and we enjoyed it. Tokyo was incredible. When you get there and they’re taking care of you, they do anything and everything to make you feel great.”
Leading up to the Olympics, Team Mexico trained with Blast Motion sensors. The technology was particularly helpful for the team amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the pandemic, we used Blast Motion to analyze their swings,” Caro explained. “We would take X amount of swings on a weekly basis.”
“[The data from the Blast sensors] was beneficial because it tells you everything about the hitting process,” Caro added. “You can see what the hitter needs to work on.”
For Caro, not only was the swing breakdown provided by the Blast Motion sensors helpful, but having a record of the number of swings each player was taking was crucial too.
“The most important thing that [Blast] gave us was the amount of swings the players were doing compared to the amount we were asking them to do during the week,” Caro said.
With the conclusion of the 2020 Olympics, Team Mexico will look to return to the world stage in the summer of 2028, when Los Angeles serves as the Olympic host.
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