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Under 23 World Cup Qualifying Round

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The Under 23 Baseball World Cup qualifying round will be held in Nicaragua and Honduras. Competing in the Nicaragua competition will be Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the hosts Nicaragua. In Honduras, other than the hosts the competition will be Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala and Panama. Absent from the competition are the United States and Canada. Even Puerto Rico is absent in the tournament.

The Under 23 World Cup will be held October 2-11 in Mexico. Mexico are the defending champions having defeated Japan in 2018 when it was played in Colombia. Other countries who have qualified to play are Germany and Czech Republic (European qualifier), New Zealand (Oceania - Australia dropped out), Taiwan, Japan and China (Asia Qualifier), Korea (wild card selection) and Mexico as the host.

Honduras is an interesting country to choose to be a host for a baseball qualifier since baseball is not a big sport in that country. If you want to grow the game you have to expose the countries not usually exposed to baseball. Not sure why the United States and Canada chose not to participate but the major and minor league pipeline availability probably has something to do with that.

2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Major league baseball did announce that they would be holding the World Baseball Classic in 2021. That is one year after the Olympics, where two remaining teams are still undecided to be one of the six competitors for the Olympics. One of those Olympic qualifiers is to be scheduled in Arizona from March 22-26.

It could be a busy time for baseball in Arizona in March. With spring training and the Olympic qualifiers and now also the two World Baseball Classic qualifiers to be held in Arizona. Where will they find all the fields?

Baseball Reference.com shows that there will be two World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Arizona. The first will be held from March 12-17 and the second from March 18-26. Below are the teams that will be participating in those qualifiers.

March 12-17

Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Philippines and South Africa

March 18-26

Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Panama and Spain.

The top two teams from each of these pools will advance to the World Baseball Classic for 2021.

What got me interested in this was an article appearing in baseballasia.org that talked about the rise in baseball in the Philippines. The Philippine Amateur Baseball Association President talked about participating in the WBC qualifiers in March 18-25, which are different dates from what the Philippines appears to be scheduled in according to Baseball Reference.com. They also talk about adding Tim Tebow, who was born in the Philippines to their roster. Tim Tebow has recently been invited to the New York Mets spring training tryouts and they train in Florida.

So there is not a lot of publicity being issued on these qualifiers but they appear to be happening some time in March. That could be a good time to travel to Arizona to watch some International baseball. Poor Nicaragua appears to be scheduled to play in both the Olympic Qualifiers in Arizona and the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in Arizona. Good way to save on travel costs, provided the tournaments are not scheduled during the same week.

WBSC America’s Qualifier Pool

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

The United States failed to qualify for the Olympics in the Premier 12. Their Southern neighbor Mexico qualified, as well as Korea. This leaves four of six countries qualified for the Olympics, Japan (host), Israel (European/Africa qualifier), Korea and Mexico (both from Premier 12). The Americas qualifier is the next to last opportunity countries have to qualify for the Olympics. The second and third place finishers become eligible for the final qualifier in Taiwan, to be held in April..

Below are the pools:

Pool A

United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

Pool B

Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia

The United States has been fielding a team of minor league prospects. While these players have been competitive they have yet to qualify the United States team for the Olympics. The same prospect heave team is expected for the Americas qualifying round to be held from March 22-26.

The final qualifier will be held in Taiwan from April 1-5.

Puerto Rico Site of 2020 Series del Caribe

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Puerto Rico will be the site of the 2020 Series del Caribe. The last time it was held in Puerto Rico was in 2015. Myworld was there to witness Cuba’s first participation in the event. They ended up Series del Caribe champions that year. Hiram Bithorn stadium will again host the event. The dates are from February 1-7, with the first five days being pool play and the last two days playoffs. Three games will be played each day with the first game starting at 10 AM and the last starting at 8 PM. Usually when you buy one ticket it will allow you to attend all three games that day.

Panama returns after winning the event last year in their first ever participation. There was some thought of Nicaragua and Colombia also participating but that is expected to happen in 2021. The teams participating in the event are Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Each of those countries has their winter league season and the winning team from those winter leagues advances to the Series del Caribe.

Baseball America’s Qualifier

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The America’s is another opportunity for the United States to qualify for the Olympics in Japan in 2020. The next to last qualifier will be played in Arizona from March 22 -26. The last qualifier will be played in Taiwan. The second and third place teams from the America’s qualifying round will be eligible to participate in Taiwan. Below are the pools from that group.

Group A

United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

Group B

Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia

The United States would be the favored team in this group.

World Cup 18 and Under - Super Round Teams Determined

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

They played the rainout games yesterday. After those games a couple of teams advancing to the Super Round were determined. Surprisingly, only one team goes into the Super Round undefeated, and that is Australia, who lost two games in Group A. Both those games were to teams that did not advance to the Super Round, so they did not have to carry their losses. Korea and Canada also advanced from Group A, but even though they finished first and second in the Group Australia bounced ahead of them in the Super Round because they beat them in pool play. Korea goes into the Super Round 1-1 and Canada 0-2.

From Group B the three 4-1 teams advance, Japan, United States and Taiwan. But because Japan beat the United States, Taiwan beat Japan and the United States beat Taiwan, each team goes into the Super Round 1-1.

Australia 7 Canada 6

This was the biggest win for Australia in the tournament. A loss would have meant elimination from the Super Round. This may have been the first game in which the Australian starting pitcher did not pitch well. William Sherriff pitched four shutout innings to start the game. In the fifth inning Elijha Hammill rocked him for a two run double and Micah McDowell blasted a two run homer to give Canada a 4-2 lead. Australia fought their way back on a 3-run double from Byron Armstrong in the top of the sixth to put them up by one. Both teams traded two spots in the eighth. In the ninth Australia had a runner thrown out at home after a base hit. In the bottom frame Canada put the tying run at third with two out but could not score.

Netherlands 10 China 6

Netherlands kept their hopes of a Super Round alive with their win. At 3-2 they finished in a three way tie for second with Canada and Australia. Only two of the three teams could advance and Netherlands lost in the tie breaker. Darryl Collins and Max Kops each drove in three runs for Netherlands.

United States 5 Panama 3

The United States had already clinched a spot in the Super Round and a loss would not carry over since Panama had already been eliminated. The United States scored early to take a 5-0 lead and then held on to claim the victory. Robert Hassell and Nolan Mclean each hit two run homers in the win. Colby Halter went 4 for 4 for the United States and was matched by Jose Ramos from Panama who also went 4 for 4.

Spain 16 South Africa 8

Spain played some competitive baseball, but had already been eliminated from appearing in the Super Round. That did not stop their bats from working. Frank Hernandez finished 6 for 6, driving in six runs to lead the Spanish offense. Leadoff hitter Jostin Castillo went 4 for 5, scoring four times and driving in three runs.

Final Standings for Pool Play

Group A

Korea 4-1, Canada 3-2, Australia 3-2, Netherlands 3-2, Nicaragua 2-3, China 0-5

Group B

Japan 4-1, Taiwan 4-1, United States 4-1, Spain 2-3, Panama 1-4, South Africa 0-5

Super Round Standings

Australia 2-0, Japan 1-1, Korea 1-1, United States 1-1, Taiwan 1-1, Canada 0-2

18 and Under World Cup - Day 4

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

The weather cooperated a little to get all the games in. No real major surprises on this day.

Netherlands 4 Australia 3

The Netherlands put themselves in the race for the Super Round with the win over Australia putting both teams in a tie for third at 2-2. Solomon Maguire hit a big two run homerun for Australia in the bottom of the ninth to pull Australia to within one. Arij Franson came on to retire the last two hitters to pick up the save. The Netherlands got a big hit from Nathaniel Bentura in the fourth inning with his three run homerun to give the Netherlands an early 3-0 lead.

Except for the three run homer, Liam Evans pitched seven innings for Australia, striking out 10.

United States 8 Spain 3

The United States rallied for six runs in the seventh to overcome a 3-2 deficit. Milan Tolentino got the big hit in the inning with a two run single to close out the scoring. The United States scored two runs prior to that single with two bases loaded walks.

Korea 7 China 2

The hosts put themselves in first place in Group A with their win over China. Park Ju-hong slugged a two run homer in the sixth and Hyun Won-Hoe contributed a 2-run double in the second to lead the offense. Oh Won-seok pitched a perfect three innings, striking out five of the nine hitters he faced in the start.

Canada 9 Nicaragua 0

Jack Seward was a little wild, walking six in 5.2 innings. He gave up just four hits. Nicaragua could not cross home plate, but they did strand 12 runners on the day. Noah Hull hit a two run homer in the second and slashed an RBI single in the ninth.

Japan 5 Panama 1

The drizzle shortened this game to six innings. Junya Nisha pitched a six inning complete game, giving up just one unearned run. Takaya Ishikawa blasted a 3-run homer in the fifth to give Panama a large deficit they were unable to overcome. Panama drops to 1-3 in Group B and Japan improves to 4-1 to take over the top spot.

Taiwan 15 South Africa 0

Taiwan stays tied with Japan for first place in Group B, but head to head they are ahead of them. Chen Chih-Chieh pitched four innings of no hit ball. Lo Wie-Chieh blasted two triples with three runs scored and three RBIs to lead the offense in a shortened five inning game.

18 and Under World Cup - Lots of Wet Weather

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Rain was prevalent in Korea causing four games to be postponed. Two games were played but they were shortened to five innings, which Japan couldn’t have been happy about, suffering their first loss of the tournament to Taiwan.

Taiwan 3 Japan 1

Taiwan scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a Lo Wie-Chieh single to break a 1-1 tie. Wang Shun-Ho scored his second run of the game in the fifth. The game ended after five and Taiwan was declared the winner. Wang Yen-Chang was declared the winning pitcher for Taiwan, limiting Japan to two hits in his five innings of work.

Two errors by the Japanese shortstop Toyo Kumada in the fifth inning resulted in two unearned runs. Takaya Ishikawa produced the only two hits for Japan in the game.

Korea 9 Nicaragua 0

Lee Min-Ho held the Nicaraguans hitless in his five innings of work. The offense gave him lots of support, scoring 9 runs in the last three innings. Nam Jim-In led the team with three RBIs.

Under 18 World Cup - Day Three

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

After 18 straight wins the four time defending champion United States suffers a loss. Japan took batting practice against the United States pitching staff, scoring 16 runs. Canada and Nicaragua also took their first losses leaving Japan as the only undefeated team in the tournament.

Japan 16 United States 7

The Japanese bats were ruthless, scoring 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to seal their victory. Down 11-1 the United States got to 11-7 going into the bottom of the seventh but that was as close as they got. The eight and nine hitters in the Japanese lineup, Haruki Yokoyama and Shoma Sakashita delivered seven RBIs between them. Yokoyama had an RBI walk and hit by pitch and sealed the win with a momentum breaking solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh. Sakashita drove in two runs in the fourth with a single and again two more runs in the eighth with a single. Toyo Kumada also drove in four runs.

Korea 8 Canada 5

Korea recovered from their 1-0 loss to Australia to give Canada their first loss. The first seven hitters in their lineup delivered hits in their six run explosion in the first. Canada could not recover after that. They did bring the tying run to the plate in Micah McDowell in the ninth inning but he grounded out to second to end the game.

Netherlands 4 Nicaragua 2

Nicaragua lost their first game to the winless Dutch team. The Netherlands received three RBIs from Darryl Collins. Darryl got the scoring started with a two run homer in the first. He also added a sacrifice fly in the two run fourth. Arij Fransen closed out the ninth inning to pick up the save.

Samuel Mendoza kept Nicaragua in the game with 4.2 innings of shutting out ball.

Australia 13 China 2

Australia took over first place in pool A with their rout of China. They got another solid pitching performance from their starters, this one from Brandan Bidois, who allowed just one hit in his six innings of work. Australia put the game away with a six run second inning. Byron Armstrong drove in three runs and Jaylin Rae crossed the plate three times to lead the offense.

Taiwan 5 Spain 4

Yu-Min Lin pitched 6.2 innings of one hit ball to lead Taiwan to their second win. Spain rallied for three runs in the eighth but they came up short. Yu Chien struck out the side in the ninth inning to secure the victory for Taiwan. Hao-Yu Lee led the offense with two doubles.

18 and Under World Cup - Day 2

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

The games were more competitive yesterday but there were a couple upsets on the day. The big game will be on the third day when the United States plays Japan.

Australia 1 Korea 0

The hosts were stung by the second straight excellent pitching performance from the Australian starting pitchers. This time it was Lachlan Waite who shutout the Korean bats for six innings. Unlike the previous day, the Aussie bullpen was up to the task, finishing off the last three innings without allowing Korea to score. Korea had some fielding issues, committing four errors, one of those scoring in the fourth inning on a Solomon Maguire RBI single to account for the only run of the game.

Korean starting pitcher Heo Yun-Dong was almost unhittable, striking out 10 in his 5.2 innings of work, but he was hurt by one of the four Korean errors.

Spain 12 Panama 3

Spain looks tough. Their bats pounded Panama for seven runs in the first two innings and rode that to victory. Justin Castillo launched the first four bagger for the tournament, a two run homer in the sixth inning. He finished the day 3 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Ruben Fernandez got the big hit with his three run double in the first inning. Fernandez drove in both runs against Japan the previous day when Spain almost pulled the upset. This was the first win for Spain and hit Panama with their first loss.

Japan 19 South Africa 0

Japan roughed up South Africa, scoring runs in all six innings. Sota Asada no hit South Africa for the first five innings, striking out eight. Yuki Hayashi completed the no hitter in the sixth and final inning of the game. Junya Nishi drove in eight with a three run homer in the fourth and a two run homer in the sixth. He also added a two run single in the fifth.

United States 8 Taiwan 1

The United States stayed undefeated, knocking Taiwan to their first loss. The United States scored five of their eight runs in their last two innings to put the finishing touches on the game. Tyler Soderstrom drove in three, his only hit of the game a big two run double in the eighth.

Canada 11 Netherlands 0

Canada scored all their runs in the two middle innings to retire the Dutch in seven. Connor O’Halloran threw six innings of shutout ball. Ryan Leitch and Owen Diodati each went deep for Canada and drove in two runs and scored twice. The Dutch pitchers walked 10 hitters in the game, contributing to the Canadians victory. Canada only needed five hits to score their 11 runs, two of those hits traveling over the fence.

Nicaragua 6 China 3

Nicaragua remained undefeated with their win over China. A four run second proved to be the difference in the game. Yeffry Montiel and Felipe Aguilar each contributed two run doubles in the inning to contribute to the win.

Shen-Gao Yang hit two doubles to account for two of the three runs for China, scoring twice.