Day one Under 15 World Cup - Super Round Panama Upsets Cuba

August 17th, 2018

Cuba went into the Super Round as the only undefeated team. After their opening match against Panama they are no longer undefeated. Japan and United States wins make it a four way tie for first.

Panama 4 Cuba 2

Reginald Preciado roped a two run double to drive in two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie. A third runner was thrown out at home to end the inning with Panama leading 4-2. Preciado had driven in a run in the third inning on a ground out.

Cuba came back and loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Gabriel Agrazal was able to get a strikeout and ground out to preserve the victory.

Japan 5 Taiwan 2

Japan rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to down Taiwan. A single and two walks loaded the bases with one out. Reiya Saka was hit by a pitch to force in a run and tie the score at 2-2. A ground out when Taiwan could not turn a double play allowed the go ahead run to score. RBI singles from Aoi Sugishita and Asahi Hanada extended the lead. Hanada finished the game with three hits and two RBIs.

Yu-Min Lin shut down the Japan bats for the first five innings, allowing just four hits on one run while striking out nine. When Taiwan went to the bullpen chaos broke loose.

United States 13 Dominican Republic 7

The Dominican Republic jumped to an early 3-0 lead but then the United States bats got hot, scoring 13 runs in the second through fifth innings. No bat was hotter than Luke Leto who finished the game a homerun short of the cycle going 3 for 3 with four runs scored and two RBIs. The Dominican pitchers walked 9 hitters to give the United States baserunners to drive in.

Little League Regional Results

August 16th, 2018

Below are the representatives from the United States regions and Canada that will play in the Little League World Series. The Little League World Series starts with games today.

Great Lakes

Gross Point Woods (Michigan) dominated this region, winning the finals 13-0. In the four regional games they played they won by combined scores of 46-6.

Mid-Atlantic

Mid Island in Staten Island New York shut out a Berlin Little League in Maryland 4-0 to win their region.

Midwest Regional

Grandview Little League in Des Moines lost their opener to Fargo Little League in North Dakota. They got their revenge when they faced Fargo in the championship match and beat them 7-4.

New England Regionals

Coventry Little League in Rhode Island won two games 10-0 then lost to Pittsfield American from Massachusetts 10-1. They rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth in the semifinal game to beat Goffstown Junior Baseball in New Hampshire 6-5. In the championship game they saw Pittsfield again and beat them 3-2.

Northwest Regionals

Couer d’Alene Little League in Idaho were beaten by Boulder Arrowhead Little League in Montana 5-2. After beating Murrayhill Little League in Oregon 8-3 they got their rematch with Boulder Arrowhead and shut them out 2-0.

Southeast Regionals

Peachtree City Little League in Georgia used some solid pitching to sweep their regional shutting out Loudon South American Little League in Virginia 3-0 in the championship match.

Southwest Regionals

Post Oak Little League in Houston, Texas beat Tulsa National Little League in Oklahoma 8-0.

West Regional

Honolulu Little League in Hawaii dominated their region, winning the championship match against Tri City Little League in Northern California 11-2.

Canada Regionals

Canada will be represented by Whalley Little League in Surrey British Columbia. They won their championship game 11-0 beating Glace Bay Little League in Nova Scotia.

Jung-Woo Lee the Ichiro of Korea

August 15th, 2018

A bold statement to make. Jung-Woo Lee won the KBO rookie of the year award last year at age 18 hitting .324. Not a great average in the KBO but for an 18 year old pretty impressive. He is the son of Jong-Beom Lee, who was a star in the KBO a number of years ago. Like Ichiro, Lee does not hit for a lot of power but he accumulates base hits. The power may come as he matures. Jung-Woo also plays right field but his arm and speed do not match Ichiro. Just his bat.

Coming into his sophomore season Lee struggled. He spent some time on the disabled list trying to heal from the nagging injuries, returning July 19th after a one month absence. Now that he has returned healthy his bat has been torrid. And the Nexen Heroes have been reaping the benefits, currently on an 11 game winning streak that has moved them to fourth place in the KBO. For the month of August the 19 year old has 31 hits in 59 at bats for a .525 average. He also has multiple hits in his last six games.

The hot streak has put his average at .377. That currently leads the KBO. If he wins the batting title he will join his dad Jong-Beom Lee as the first father/son duo to win the batting title in the KBO, and possibly the youngest player to win the title. His slugging average has also increased from .417 his rookie year to .504 with an increase in doubles and homeruns and a decrease in triples. The hot streak has also put him on the Korean national team for the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia later this month.

It will be a few years before Lee gets posted or becomes a free agent but there would be a number of major league teams interested in his services. By that time he could be approaching 2,000 hits in the KBO at the ripe old age of 25.

Of course, when Shin-Soo Choo played in the major leagues the Koreans called him the Ichiro of Korea. That did not come to pass. He still has had a decent major league career, but far short of Ichiro.

Day 6 Under 15 World Cup - United States and Panama Advance

August 15th, 2018

The United States and Panama are the last two teams from Group A to advance to the super round. Taiwan had already earned a date for the super round from Group A. From Group B Cuba, Japan and the Dominican Republic advance. Cuba is the only team to advance without a loss. Myworld did not realize the teams that did not advance will play in a consolation round.

United States 8 Brazil 0

The trio of Andrew Painter (4.2 innings), Samuel Dutton (1.1 innings) and Rheego McIntosh (1 inning) prevented Brazil from crossing the plate. Brady House was a perfect 3 for 3 driving in two and scoring twice while Luke Leto also drove in two with his one hit to fuel the offense. Cody Schrier stole three bases and crossed the plate three times.

Panama 18 Germany 0

Panama did not hold back in their win, scoring 10 in the fourth to put the game away.

Day 5 Under 15 World Cup

August 15th, 2018

The super round is being established. Cuba, Japan and the Dominican Republic are advancing from Group B. From Group A only Taiwan is secured for advancement. Brazil and the United States are playing a rainout date with the United States leading 4-0 after one. If the United States wins the United States and Panama will advance. If Brazil wins it could result in a tie breaker if Panama loses to winless Germany. If Panama wins then Brazil advances over the United States.

Brazil 2 China 1

Brazil kept their hopes alive by squeezing out a victory over China. Kawan Silva worked six innings giving up only one run in the second inning, retiring the last 11 hitters he faced. Pedro Lemos pitched the seventh inning to close out the victory, striking out two. The game ended after a single and a caught stealing. Lemos also drove in the first run with a single in the third inning. The go ahead run scored in the fourth on a bases loaded walk to Felipe Koragi.

Cuba 9 Australia 3

Cuba remains undefeated as they advance to the super round. Luis Estocholi went deep in a perfect 2 for 2 day, driving in two runs. Kevin Alcolea collected three hits and scored three times. Edgar Quero went a perfect 3 for 3 driving in three and scoring twice. One of his three hits was a double. Australia is done.

Taiwan 6 Germany 3

Taiwan advances to the super round. Germany has one more game to try to get a victory, a makeup against Panama. Germany scored two in the final frame to make the game close. Hao-Yu Lee slugged a two run blast in the third inning to give Taiwan a 3-0 lead. Taiwan scored three in the sixth to put the game out of reach, Ying-Chieh Mao blasting a two run double to fuel the inning.

Dominican Republic 11 Netherlands 2

The Dominicans got deep blasts from Oscar Aude and Esterlyn Sanchez to advance to the super round. Daniel Ramirez did not go deep but he drove in three runs with his two hits. The Netherlands were eliminated from the super round. Cristofer Gomez worked five innings to get the win.

United States 4 Panama 1

The United States stayed alive for the Super Round by giving Panama their first loss. Cale Lansville quieted the Panamanian bats for 5.1 innings on two hits and one run. The United States scored three runs early, Brady House hitting a solo homerun in the first inning and Cody Schrier driving in two with a single in the second after a walk and two hit by pitches loaded the bases. Panama rallied in the seventh to load the bases with three walks but Brady House retired the last hitter to secure the victory.

Japan 20 South Africa 0

It took only five innings to dispose of South Africa. South Africa did manage to get one hit. Yuito Suzuki blasted a two run homer in his only at bat of the game. Ryoma Ikeda was a perfect 3 for 3 with four runs scored and four stolen bases. Kyohei Akiyama did not allow a ball to be hit in play. He struck out 10 of the 12 hitters he faced and walked the other two. Sohi Kiyota struck out five of the 8 hitters he faced, walking one. South Africa put only two balls in play in the five innings, a ground out and a single.

Day 4 of 15 and Under World Cup

August 13th, 2018

When myworld watched the World Cup back in 2011 in Panama it was plagued by rain. Rain prevented two games from being completed today. The United States and Brazil could only play one inning with the United States scoring four runs before rain suspended the game. The game between Germany and Panama had to be postponed.

Taiwan 10 China 0

When the adults played China upset Taiwan in both the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic, embarrassing the fans and bringing on allegations that the games were fixed after gambling problems rocked the CPBL shortly after. The youngsters saved some face with the win. China was limited to two hits by Kuan-Yu Chen, who worked four innings. Yu-Min Lin struck out the side in his inning of work. When Taiwan scored five in the bottom of the fifth the game was over.

Tung-Sun Li and Chan-I Li both drove in two runs to lead the offense. Hao-En Chen and Hao-Yu Lee each scored twice. Four China errors resulted in five unearned runs.

Netherlands 22 Australia 7

The Australian pitching staff has now given up 42 runs in their last two games, dropping their record to 1-3 and ending any chance they may have had for advancing to the second round. The Netherlands has scored 40 runs in their last two games to even their record to 2-2. Emilson Haswell drove in three runs and scored four times to lead the Dutch offense. Australian pitchers could not find the plate walking 11 hitters.

Australia got a homerun from Jake Burns. They had a 1-0 lead after one and only trailed 4-1 after three, but the bullpen could not stop the Dutch bats.

Cuba 10 South Africa 0

Leonardo Reyes limited South Africa to two hits in 4.1 innings, improving Cuba’s record to 4-0. Cuba was limited to six hits but four errors and seven walks helped their cause. Carlos Chavez was a perfect 1 for 1 with two RBIs and one walk. Frank Gonzalez also drove in two runs. Both players hit triples to fuel the offense.

Japan 13 Dominican Republic 7

Japan scored early with nine runs in their first three innings. Seiya Fukuhara drove in four runs with his three hits and Haruto Uchiyama plated three. The Dominicans seven errors gifted Japan with four unearned runs. Their pitchers also walked 9 batters. Shinnosuke Kanai shut down the Dominican bats in the last three innings, retiring all nine hitters he faced, six of them on strikeouts.

Kia Tigers 39 Runs in Two Games

August 13th, 2018

The defending champion Kia Tigers, who are sitting in seventh place and out of the playoff picture if the season ended today appear to have awakened. Last weekend they scored 39 runs in two games against the second place SK Wyverns to prove they have a pulse. It was a great weekend for Tiger fans with Kia winning 18-4 on Saturday and 21-8 on Sunday.

Roger Bernadina has not hit for the same offense he did last year when he hit .320 with 27 homeruns and 111 RBIs. His average is fine (.315), aided by his weekend outburst, but his production is down (19 HRs and 54 RBIs). Over the weekend the average climbed with a 9 for 11 two day surge in which he hit two homeruns and drove in 6.

Other stars over the weekend included Bum Ho Lee, who hit four homeruns over the weekend with 8 RBIs. Lee has driven in 10 runs over his last three games. Ji-Wan Na hit three homeruns over the weekend to drive in six runs.

It is expected with high scoring games that much of the production is against the Korean pitchers. In the Saturday game they munched on four different Korean pitchers for all of their 18 runs. On Sunday Anibal Sanchez could only get one out as he gave up 10 runs. In his last two starts Sanchez has given up 18 runs in just 3.1 innings. Sometimes these Korean offensive explosions can leave you dizzy.

Kia had Monday off. They begin a two game set against the LG Twins on Tuesday and Wednesday. The LG Twins sit in fifth place in the KBO standings, the last wild card spot for the playoffs. The Tigers are positioned 1.5 games behind the Twins. A sweep will allow them to surpass the Twins to creep closer into qualifying for the playoffs in an attempt to defend their championship.

Day Three 15 and Under - Taiwan Upsets United States

August 13th, 2018

Some interesting games. Day three tends to test the depth of a team’s starting pitchers. Some of the scores confirm the depth is not good.

Taiwan 2 United States 1

Chen-Yi Hung pitched 5.1 innings of one run ball as Taiwan handed the United States their first loss. Both teams move to 2-1, tied for second place behind Panama. Hung also delivered with the bat, doubling to lead off the fifth to score the first run of the game. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored after an error by secondbaseman David Diaz. Luke Leto got the United States back in the game with a leadoff single in the sixth. He stole second, advanced to third on a ground ball and scored on a fly ball. The go ahead run scores on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth.

The United States put two runners on in the top of the seventh but Shan-Tsung Peng got the final out to earn the victory. Kao-Hsiang Tsai was a perfect 2 for 2 including one walk. He scored the go ahead run in the sixth after leading the inning off with a single.

Netherlands 18 South Africa 2

The Netherlands won their first game while South Africa became one of two teams without a win. Jesse Velders drove in four runs and Jurrangelo Cijntje drove in three to lead the offense. Donovan Antonia knocked one out and scored three runs. Netherlands banged out 17 hits on the day and South Africa committed five errors to help with all that scoring. The game was done after five innings, though South Africa had a 2-0 lead after one inning.

China 5 Germany 4

China also won their first game. Germany is still winless but they scored their first four runs of the tournament. China got 4.2 solid innings from Ruo-Fei Ding, who walked five but allowed only two runs to cross the plate. After Germany had tied the game at 2-2 Jian-Cuo Luozang ripped a double to score the go ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Germany scored two runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying run on third when Yu-Chen Wang got his only whiff in his 2.1 innings of work to earn his victory.

Dominican Republic 20 Australia 8

Not much of a pitcher’s duel. Oscar Aude drove in six runs, including hitting a grand slam homerun in the third inning. Esterlyn Sanchez and Deyvison de los Santos also went deep for the Dominicans. Manuel Beltre was a perfect 4 for 4 and scored four times. Ten of the 20 hits for the Dominicans went for extra bases.

Australia got a homerun from James Nati. Early errors by the Aussies allowed the Dominicans to tack on seven unearned runs in the first two innings.

Panama 7 Brazil 3

Panama became the only undefeated team other than Cuba in the tournament. Panama was only able to accumulate four hits in the game but they strung together three of them in the 5 run fourth to seal the victory. A couple errors, two walks and multiple wild pitches also contributed to the Panama scoring. Kenin Pinto pitched 5.1 innings allowing two hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked two.

Cuba 9 Japan 7

A mild upset here. It appears a lot of the 15 year old stars have not left the island yet, but if they continue to play well in Panama there will be boats waiting for them outside their hotel doors. Cuba scored seven runs in the first two innings to nip Japan. Frank Gonzalez drove in three runs and scored three times to lead the offense. Kevin Rosales retired all seven hitters he faced in closing out the game to get the win.

Japan had tied the score 7-7 after five innings on a solo homerun from Reiya Saka. Kevin Alcolea got the big hit for Cuba, a two run double in the sixth inning to give Cuba the lead they would not relinquish. Japan drops to 2-1 while Cuba goes to 3-0.

Red Sox Have K Sale for O’s

August 12th, 2018

The Orioles had trouble making contact against Chris Sale. In his last inning of work, the fifth inning, he struck out the side to up his whiff total to 12. The Orioles were whiffing what he was serving. Sale struck out two or more hitters in each inning he pitched, hitting the radar gun at 99 miles per hour. The Red Sox went on to complete the four game sweep of the Orioles with a 4-1 win.

The Red Sox got on the scoreboard first against Alex Cobb in the opening frame. Ex-Oriole Steve Pearce deposited a pitch into the left field bleachers to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead.

Cobb pitched well. He went seven innings allowing just two runs, but only one earned run. The Red Sox scored another run in the fourth after a Brock Holt single and a bloop double into right field by J.D. Martinez. Holt appeared to stop at third but Adam Jones bobbled the pick up in right field and Holt broke for home just beating the throw. The run was ruled unearned after Mitch Moreland grounded to the pitcher and Eduardo Nunez grounded to short.

The Orioles could not figure out Chris Sale, but Matt Barnes was generous with his offerings in the eighth. Cedric Mullins beat out a high chopper to first base. Jonathan Villar singled to right and a walk to Adam Jones loaded the bases with just one out. Trey Mancini drove a ball deep enough to center to end the shutout. Tim Beckham struck out to end the threat, one of just 18 whiffs by Oriole hitters.

The Red Sox added a couple insurance runs in the ninth off Mychal Givens, who was working his second inning. Eduardo Nunuz lined a single down the left field line. Jackie Bradley hit a two out single to set the stage for a Mookie Betts liner into right center that Adam Jones could not catch up to as the ball rolled to the wall. Two runs scored on the hit.

Kimbrel came on to pitch the ninth. He struggled with his command, giving up a walk and a bloop single to right. He was able to strike out the side, including the last two hitters to give the Red Sox the victory.

Game Notes: Chris Davis is back into his slump. He struck out all four times he hit, dropping his average below .160. The Orioles have alternatives for first base in Mark Trumbo or Trey Mancini, but they would like to see Chris Davis find his bat since they owe him $20 million plus for the next four years…Tyler Thornburg walked two and gave up a hit in the sixth, retiring only two hitters. Alex Cora called on Ryan Brasier to strikeout Trey Mancini to end the threat…Sandy Leon won again behind the plate. He has won 27 of the last 29 games he has started behind the plate…Cedric Mullins looks strong in centerfield while Jones looks uncomfortable in right…In his last seven starts Sale has an ERA of 0.20.

Under 15 Day 2 - United States, Japan and Cuba still Undefeated

August 12th, 2018

Day 2 has been completed in the Under 15 World Cup and there are four undefeated teams, Panama, Cuba, United States and Japan. Below is a summary of the second day of play.

United States 10 Germany 0

Two facts remained consistent after this game ended. United States pitchers have yet to give up a run in their first two games. Germany has yet to score a run. At least they were able to get two hits after being no hit in their first game. The slaughter rule ended the game after just five.

Christian Little threw three innings of shutout ball and was followed by an inning of work each from Timothy Williams Jr and Luke Leto. Davis Diaz was able to drive in two and scored two runs without benefit of a hit. He had two walks, a sacrifice fly and a stolen base. Thomas Dilandri went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and two doubles.

Japan 11 Netherlands 1

The Netherlands was actually winning this game 1-0 after four. Rick Rizvic had pitched four innings of no hit ball, walking three. When the Netherlands went to their bullpen Japan bats awoke for 11 runs in the last three innings. Hiromu Joshita drove in three runs and four different Japanese players scored two runs each.

Sota Hinoue shut down the Netherlands bats for one run in 4.2 innings. Yuito Suzuki struck out three of the four hitters he faced in relief. The Netherlands was restricted by Cuba to only one run in the opener.

Taiwan 9 Brazil 7

Taiwan got into the win column, sending Brazil down to their first loss. Taiwan erupted for 8 runs in the seventh inning for the dramatic come from behind win. Mao Ying-Chieh delivered a pinch hit RBI single that tied the game and Tsai Kao-Hsiang drove in the go ahead run with a single in the 8 run seventh. Brazil scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and had runners on second and third with no outs. Lee Hao-Yu came on and struck out the next two hitters and got the last out on a ground out to nail down the save.

Australia 16 South Africa 6

Australia only collected six hits to score their 16 runs. 15 walks and three hit batsman allowed the Aussies to circle the bases without swinging their bats. James Nati slugged a solo shot for the Aussies and walked twice to cross the plate three times. Jake Burns also went deep to drive in four and Quinn Johnson was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks and five RBIs.

Nicholas De Ascensao and Kyle Schwartz each drove in three runs for the South African offense. The five run fifth put South Africa in reach 9-6 but a big six spot in the bottom frame by Australia put the game out of reach.

Panama 2 China 1

After losing 27-0 to the United States on day one, China was a little more competitive for the hosts. In the sixth Leonardo Bernal led off the inning with a triple and the next two batters could not drive him in. No problem. A wild pitch allowed Bernal to score the go ahead run. Alexis Bernal pitched four innings of shutout relief to get the win for Panama.

Cuba 9 Dominican Republic 0

Osiel Veranes struck out 10 in his six innings of shutout ball. Jorge Broge followed him with an inning of work to complete the shutout. Frank Gonzalez was the only Cuban player to drive in two runs.