Australia and Panama are showing they are the teams to watch after the first three days of the Under 23 in Mexico. Taiwan has been a bit of a disappointment. Japan is still the team to beat in the tournament and Korea stays undefeated. The only teams with winning records in the tournament are those four teams who have not yet lost a game.
Australia 8 Taiwan 7
The Aussies got their second straight one run victory, winning it again in the final inning. This time it was a walk off win, but a run scored in the top of the tenth kept them undefeated in this tourney. They should remain undefeated until their last game with Japan. Jacob Younis and Connor MacDonald showed the power in this game with homeruns. Younis finished the game with two RBIs and was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. MacDonald tallied three RBIs to lead the team and now has two homeruns for the tournament. Zachary Shepherd spread fear in the hearts of the Taiwan pitchers, drawing four walks.
Australia erupted for four runs in the opening frame. Taiwan bounced back with one in the first and five in the second to take an early 6-4 lead. Conor Lourey worked 4.2 innings of shutout relief to allow Australia the opportunity to come back and take the victory. Joshua Guyer pitched the last two innings of shutout ball to pick up the victory.
Chung-Yu Chen went deep for Taiwan in a losing cause.
Panama 11 Venezuela 3
Panama had a relatively easy time beating Venezuela to remain undefeated, scoring the first seven runs to take a commanding lead. Rodrigo Vigil went deep to drive in three runs. He has homered in two straight games and driven in three runs in both games. He has also contributed an RBI in each of the three games Panama has played. Abdiel Velasquez worked six innings to get the win. He gave up two unearned runs in the fourth inning.
Japan 10 Argentina 2
Argentina scored two runs in the opening frame to put a scare in the team from the rising sun. Japan committed four errors in the game, a couple of them leading to the two unearned runs in the first. Japan bounced back accumulating runs in the third through seventh innings. Yusuke Masago went deep to drive in two runs. Despite giving up the two unearned runs in the first Daiki Aoyama went six innings without allowing another runner to cross the plate to pick up the victory.
Nicaragua 15 Austria 0
Nicaragua finally got itself in the win column with a convincing victory over Austria. The game lasted only six innings after an eight run first inning put the game out of reach. Javier Robles went deep and led all players with three RBIs. Jesus Garrido pitched a complete game six inning shutout, giving up only two hits.
Czech Republic 12 Russia 4
The Czechs also got their first win scoring at least one run in all nine innings of play except two. The European contingent banged out 15 hits, Jacub Ondracek leading the charge with three hits. The big run producer was leadoff hitter Adam Hajtmar with four RBIs. Pitching was not something the Czech pitching staff could be proud of, walking nine batters. Despite the lack of control Russia could only score four runs, stranding 11 men on base.
Korea 6 Mexico 1
Korea remained in the ranks of the undefeated, waiting until the fifth inning to score, but racking up a couple tres in back to back innings to account for their offense. Hyeok-Jae Won drove in two runs and scored twice from the last spot in the order to fuel both rallies. Jiseob Lim went six innings to get the win, limiting the Mexican bats to a first inning run and two hits.
Standings after three days:
Korea (3-0), Panama (3-0), Czech Republic (1-2), Mexico (1-2), Venezuela (1-2) and Russia (0-3)
Australia (3-0), Japan (3-0), Argentina (1-2), Nicaragua (1-2), Taiwan (1-2) and Austria (0-3)