Sunday, November 21, 2021

Moscoso beats Portillo to win 2021 IRT Sarasota Open

Conrrado Moscoso won his 2nd International Racquetball Tour (IRT) title Sunday at the 2021 IRT Sarasota Open presented by Team Dovetail in Sarasota, Florida, where he defeated Eduardo Portillo, 15-9, 10-15, 11-9. Moscoso won his 1st title on home soil in Bolivia in 2019, so this is his first victory in the USA. As the 7th seed, he was also an upset winner over the 5th seeded Portillo.

Game one was a see-saw battle. Moscoso scored the first four points. Portillo got the next four. Moscoso then got five points to lead 9-4, only to see Portillo come back to 9-8. From there, Moscoso was able to close it out, and only give up one more point to Portillo, winning 15-9.

Early in game two, it was all Portillo, as he went up 8-0. Moscoso called a timeout, and did manage to get a point after that. But he gave up another two to Portillo to trail 10-1.

But after that Moscoso went on a run and tied the game at 10-10. There were a few sideouts at that point, two of which were skipped shots by Moscoso. Those were two of many skips by both players in the match.

Moscoso had tied it, but Portillo finished it. After breaking the tie, he only lost one rally, scoring four points to win game two, 15-10, and level the match at a game a piece.

In the tie-breaker, Moscoso won the first two points, and then Portillo got the next five to lead 5-2. He held the lead up to 7-7. They also tied at 8-8. Then Moscoso got two points to reach match point at 10-8.

An avoidable call against Portillo got Moscoso his 10th point, but an avoidable against him stopped his first match point. A Portillo backhand got him within one at 10-9, and he fought off another match point. But on his third match point opportunity, Moscoso was able to finish it out with a forehand pinch shot.

Moscoso has been in five finals in just 13 IRT tournaments, winning two of those finals. He was more final finishes than semi-final finishes (3 to 2). Portillo is still seeking his first IRT tournament victory.

The IRT will be off until the new year, when they will play the 2022 Suivant Consulting Grand Slam, January 6-9. But if you missed any of the Sarasota Open, check out the IRT YouTube channel., as well as its Facebook page.

2021 IRT Sarasota Open presented by Team Dovetail
November 18-21, 2021 - Sarasota, Florida

IRT Singles - Final - Sunday

7) Conrrado Moscoso d. 5) Eduardo Portillo, 15-9, 10-15, 11-9

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