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Top Caribbean Prospects

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Not a lot of can’t misses on this list. Last year we did a top ten for Panama alone, but the prospects were not that great to try to come up with another top ten. There is one major leaguer on this list, but that is because he is a Rule V pick.

1) Ariel Jurando (Rangers/Panama) RHP - Ariel relies more on command than heat. His fastball hits the mid-90s with downward spin that entices numerous ground balls. For his career his ground ball to air ball rate is 2.12. At 6′1″ he is not the ideal height for a righthander and the lack of quality secondary pitches could spell trouble against major league hitters. This year teams are hitting him at a .278 clip with seven homeruns in just 58 innings. Ariel has not given up seven homeruns in a season in his career. His strikeout numbers have also fallen off. Ariel is expected to find himself in the back end of the rotation or as a middle reliever. He could see a September callup if his year improves.

2) Edmundo Sosa (Cardinals/Panama) SS - Edmundo got a bonus of $425,000 in 2012, which was the largest for any Panamanian that year. The best tool for Edmundo is his glove with the ability to make the spectacular plays as he glides to the ball. The bat appears to be a little light despite the .300 average in the rookie leagues. The 2016 season was shortened by a wrist injury that ended his season in July after just 97 games. The power also seems a little light. He is playing in the Florida State League where he is hitting a soft .269. If stolen bases were in his tool box he could be a possible starter but he also falls short in that department. The Cardinals seem to be set at short with Aledemys Diaz so the best hope for Sosa could be as a utility player or be included in a trade package if the Cardinals want to load up for a playoff run.

3) Mauricio Dubon (Brewers/Honduras) SS - They don’t play a lot of baseball in Honduras where Mauricio was born. Fortunately for Dubon he moved to the United States to play high school ball. The Red Sox drafted him in the 26th round of the 2013 draft then traded him to the Brewers last year in the Tyler Thornburg trade. He makes solid contact with good gap power. His over the fence power could improve with added strength. He will never be an elite fielder at short, but his bat could make him a good utility player. He is currently hitting .294 at AA while showing some impressive speed with 23 stolen bases in 30 attempts. Last year he stole a career high 30 stolen bases. Myworld expects him to be more a utility player than starter.

4) Touki Toussaint (Braves/Haiti) RHP - Touki was born in Florida but moved to Haiti when he was three months old. He returned to the United States at six years of age and began his baseball career. At 6′3″ he has good height for a pitcher. The Diamondbacks drafted him in the first round of the 2014 draft but grew frustrated with his lack of command and traded him to the Braves to rid themselves of the Bronson Arroyo salary. His command is still suspect where he walks more than 4.5 hitters per nine innings. His fastball hits the mid-90s and the curveball is a stellar pitch, but his lack of command and a missing third offering could prevent him from pitching in the rotation. A bullpen role could be in his future. This year he seems more hittable with the opposition hitting him at a .251 clip when his last two years hitters stayed below .230. This has elevated his ERA to 6.80 in nine starts.

5) Roniel Raudes (Red Sox/Nicaragua) - What Roniel lacks in velocity he makes up for in his arsenal of pitches. While his fastball can barely touch 90 he mixes it well with his curveball and change. With his above average command he sends hitters back to the bench frustrated. Last year the opposition hit him at a .260 clip but he did create a lot of swings and misses with 8.8 whiffs per nine innings pitched, winning 11 games and being voted the Red Sox minor league pitcher of the year. This year the success has been lacking in High A with the opposition hitting him at .293. A couple days ago the Red Sox placed Roniel on the minor league disabled list.

6) Jaime Barria (Angels/Panama) - Another pitcher from Panama who lacks the heat, but controls the plate with his command. The Angels signed him in 2013 and last year he debuted in the full season Low A pitching well enough to make the All Star team. His best pitch may be the change, with a curve ball also in his arsenal. With the promotion to the California League, known for hitters abusing pitchers Jaime is dominating with a 2.48 ERA and limiting the opposition to a .202 average. The Angels will do good if he can make the back end of the rotation.

7) Jonathan Arauz (Astros/Panama) - The Phillies signed Arauz for $600,000 in 2014 then traded him to the Astros along with closer Ken Giles for a package of prospects. There is very little flashy about his game. The bat is light, lacking power. His range is also light with little to no stolen base speed. His 2017 season has not started yet, which could be the result of his 50 game suspension for testing positive for drugs.

8) Estevan Florial (Yankees/Haiti) - Estevan was actually born in Haiti. Originally signed to a six figure contract it was reduced to $200,000 after an identity problem. Speed is his best tool but it has not resulted in stolen bases. It does help him cover ground in centerfield. His bat shows some power but his inability to make contact hampers the power from showing. Last year at Pulaski he hit .225 with 78 whiffs in just 60 games. This year his average is improved (.270) with better extra base power. His 11 doubles has already surpassed his total from last year. If Estevan can improve his ability to make contact he could have a future as a lead off hitter. If his power develops he could find himself in a power spot.

9) Javier Guerra (Padres/Panama) SS - Javier had a rough year last year (.202 average) after hitting 15 homeruns and batting .279 in 2015. The Red Sox signed him in 2012 for $250,000 then traded him to the Padres for Craig Kimbrel after the 2015 season. The Padres may be wondering who they got in the trade especially after those struggles continue this year (.212). His ability to make contact has suffered after 2015 striking out 141 times in 105 games last year and 65 times in just 48 games this year. His OBA sits at .264 this year, the same as it was last year. His defense is exceptional but if his bat does not improve his major league opportunities will be limited.

10) Allen Cordoba (Padres/Panama) - The Padres stole him from the Cardinals in the Rule V draft. In rookie ball he showed an ability to hit with a .309 career average. Since he had not played past rookie ball many did not expect him to make the major league roster. The Padres are not going anywhere so they kept him where he has surprised with the bat (.304 average). Not expected to hit for any power he has hit three homeruns for the Padres for a .435 slugging average. In the minors he had a career slugging average of .395 with just four homeruns in four years. The Cardinals drafted him as a shortstop but Allen has seen most of his time in the outfield.

Baseball World Cup Under 18 Pools Determined

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Baseball World Cup Under 18 tournament will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada from September 1-10. Nine of the top ten ranked countries will be participating in the event, with only Venezuela the lone top ten country not participating.

There will be two groups of six, who will play a round robin. The top three finishers will then advance to the second round, where each of the three teams will carry their record with them to the new pool and play the three teams advancing from the other pool. The two teams with the best record will play for the gold medal while the third and fourth best record will battle for the bronze.

Group A

Canada (9), South Korea (3), Taiwan (4), Australia (10), Italy (11), Nicaragua (16)

Group B

United States (2), Japan (1), Cuba (5), Mexico (6), Netherlands (9), South Africa (28)

The United States has won this event the last three years. The All tournament team from the last Under 18 tournament included first round draft pick Josh Naylor from Canada and the recently defected potential superstar from Cuba Luis Robert. Blake Retherford, the first round pick of the Yankees made the team as an outfielder. There was a Cuban player named Jose Garcia who made it as a second baseman, but do not know if that was Jose Adolis Garcia, the brother of Adonis who recently defected.

Luis Robert hit .406 with two homeruns and 11 RBIs with three doubles, three triples and four stolen bases at the event.

My World’s Under 23 All Tournament Team

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

We were not at the games, but based on the numbers this is myworld’s All Tournament team for the under 23’s.

C - Robbie Perkins (Australia) .313, 1, 3

1B - Connor MacDonald (Australia) - .313, 4, 14

2B - Cesar Diaz (Nicaragua) .400, 3, 17 with 4 stolen bases

3B - Jean Rodriguez (Panama) .417, 1, 4 with a 1.131 OPS

SS - Jacob Younis (Australia) .571, 2, 7 with a 1.525 OPS and 17 runs scored and 3 SBs. A 7/1 walk to whiff ratio

LF - Yusuke Masago (Japan) .379 , 3, 13 with 5 2Bs and 1.214 OPS

CF - Kengo takeda (Japan) .483, 1, 9 . 559 OBA

RF - Norberto Obeso (Mexico) .433, 1, 6

DH - Moises Gutierrez (Mexico) .367, 2, 14

SP - Keisuke Honda (Japan) 1-0, 0.60, .120 oppo average and 3/15 walk to whiff
Jiseob Lim (Korea) 2-0, 1.13, 5/14 walk to whiff and .106 oppo ave
Daiki Aoyama (Japan) 1-0, 1.38 3/15 walk to whiff
Abdiel Velasquez (Panama) 1-0, 0.68

Closer - Sang-Hyun Jeong (Korea) - 1.17 with 13 K’s in 7.2 innings and a .167 oppo ave

Jacob Younis would get my MVP vote and the best pitcher award given to Keisuke Honda.

Under 23 - Japan and Australia to Compete for Championship

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Japan routed Australia in their pool play encounter 11-2. The championship game will be a new encounter, with the under 23 championship on the line. Korea and Panama will battle for the bronze. Below is a summary of day two and three of the super round.

Panama 3 Japan 2

Panama sent Japan to their first loss of the tournament, scoring a run in the eighth inning to win the game. Jean Rodriguez was the hitting star for Panama driving in two runs with a solo shot and a RBI single. Abdiel Velasquez pitched 7.1 innings to give Panama the opportunity to win the game. He gave up two runs in the second inning, including a solo shot from Koki Yamashita. It was Alberto Guerrero who got credit for the win with his 1.2 innings of work.

Australia 9 Korea 7

Australia scored early taking a 6-0 lead after two. Korea bounced back with seven runs in the next three innings to leave the game tied 7-7 after five. Single runs in the seventh and eighth gave Australia the victory in this slugfest. Robbie Perkins went deep for Australia. He also doubled to drive in three runs in the game. Guy Edmonds also drove in three runs with his three singles in four at bats. Jacob Younis scored three times contributing a double and two singles in his four at bats. Joshua Guyer got the victory pitching the last 2.2 innings in relief without allowing Korea a run. He struck out four of the 10 hitters he faced.

Mexico 7 Nicaragua 4

Mexico put themselves in gold medal contention rallying for four runs in the seventh to pull out a victory. Norberto Obeso and Manuel Cruz did the bulk of the damage driving in seven of the nine runs. Cruz homered to drive in four and Obeso rapped two singles and a homer for his contribution to the offense.

Japan 3 Mexico 2

Japan knocked Mexico out of medal contention, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth to win their game and qualify for a gold medal appearance. Mexico scored both their runs on a two run homerun for Carlos Diaz in the seventh. Mexico committed four errors to allow two unearned runs to score and gift wrap the game to Japan. Two errors in the ninth, the last by Mexican pitcher Francisco Haro allowed the game winning run to score. Except for the two run homer in the seventh Japanese pitcher Daiki Aoyama pitched well with seven innings of four hit ball. He struck out nine, striking out the side in his last inning of work when he gave up the two run homer.

Australia 8 Panama 4

Australia knocked Panama to the bronze medal game with Connor McDonald leading their high powered offense with two dingers and four RBIs. McDonald also walked twice, spreading fear in the pitchers hearts with his four homeruns and 14 RBIs for the tournament. Jacob Younis continued his torrid hitting with three hits and two runs scored. Jacob is hitting .571 for the tournament with 17 runs scored. He has only failed to score in one of the eight games he has played.

Korea 13 Nicaragua 8

Korea put themselves into the bronze medal game by winning the slugfest over Nicaragua. A six run fifth turned a 6-4 deficit into a 10-6 lead proving to be the back breaker for Nicaragua. Korea hammered out 12 hits and drew 9 walks to score their 13 runs. Byeong-Wuk Lim was the big offensive contributor with a homerun and four RBIs. Tae-Jin Kim and Woo-Jun Sim each scored three times. Cesar Diaz did his part for Nicaragua, driving in four runs with a homerun, double and single, falling a triple short of the cycle. Diaz has driven in 17 runs in the tournament.

The First Day of Super Round in Under 23

Friday, November 4th, 2016

There were a couple upsets on the first day of the super round. Below are the results:

Nicaragua 9 Panama 3

Panama lost their first game of the tournament to their Central American neighbor but still hang on to second place after Australia Korea both suffered their second losses. Nicaragua scored eight of their nine runs in the sixth through eighth innings, a five spot in the sixth the big blow that turned a 3-1 Panama lead into a 6-3 deficit. Nicaragua banged out 12 hits and drew seven walks to always have runners on base. Sandy Bermudez led the team with three hits. Wilfredo Piner shut down the Panama bats for the last 5.1 innings to get the win.

Mexico 15 Australia 8

Moises Gutierrez drove in seven runs with his homerun, double and two singles to lead the Mexicans 17 hit attack against the Aussie arms. Norberto Obeso scored four times with his three hits. Carlos Diaz homered for the second consecutive day.

Japan 2 Korea 1

A bunt and a sacrifice fly after runners were placed on first and second won the game for Japan in the bottom of the 10th. The only runs that had scored prior to that were the result of the long ball. Hyun Jung homered for Korea in the fifth to give them an early 1-0 lead. Japan tied it in the seventh on a solo shot from Yusuke Masago, who was walked in his other three plate appearances. He was standing on deck when Tomo Otosaka hit the sacrifice fly to win the game.

Korea got an excellent pitching performance from Jiseob Lim, who worked the first nine innings and only allowed three hits. He was a little wild with four walks, two wild pitches and two hit batsman. Japan used Keisuke Honda, who worked eight innings. He gave up four hits but struck out 12 in his 127 pitch performance. The solo shot hit by Jung is the only run given up by Honda in his fifteen innings of work.

Under 23 Day 5

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Japan and Panama were the two teams to remain undefeated as teams were selected for the second round matches. The records against teams advancing to the super or consolation round carry to that round.

Panama 5 Korea 4

Panama shocked Korea by erupting for four runs in the ninth inning to win their game. Korea went to their bullpen after Chae-Hueng Choi pitched two outs into the seventh inning. Jin-Su Byeon got the final out in the eighth but could only get one out in the ninth to take the loss giving up four hits and a hitbatsman. Gerald Chin drove in two runs in the ninth with a two run double for the big hit in the inning. Carlos Sanchez hit a solo shot earlier for Panama. Up until that point Tae-Hun Lee was the offensive hero for Korea with his double and homerun giving him two RBIs. Korea had scored three runs in the last two innings to break a 1-1 tie.

Japan 11 Australia 2

Australia was not that competitive against the Japanese team. Yusuke Masago and Takumi Miyoshi each went deep and drove in two runs to lead the rout. Ryota Yoshimochi went a perfect 3 for 3 to drive in three runs from the bottom spot in the order to trigger the offense. After tossing six shutout innings Taiga Kasahara tired in the seventh and gave up two runs.

Nicaragua 6 Argentina 0

Nicaragua advanced to the super round with Walter Lopez pitching six shutout innings. After losing their first two games Nicaragua won their next three to advance to the super round.

Mexico 15 Russia 0

Tournament organizers were happy with the advancement of Mexico, the only team that is bringing out decent attendance to the park. Close to 8,000 watched two Mexican pitchers limit the Russians to two hits in the six inning game. Jorge Gonzalez went the first five while Misael Verduzco pitched the last inning to complete the shutout. Jose Urena drove in five runs with his homerun and two singles for five RBIs. Carlos Diaz and Moises Gutierrez also combined for 5 RBIs with their two homeruns.

Taiwan 3 Austria 0

Chi Tseng pitched eight innings of two hit shutout ball to give Taiwan the win. Despite the victory they must be satisfied to compete in the consolation round. Po-Yi Wu slugged a solo shot in the opening frame to lead the Taiwan offense. He finished the day a perfect 3 for 3.

Venezuela 10 Czech Republic 9

Both teams must satisfy themselves with a consolation round appearance.

Under 23 - Day 4

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The undefeateds remained the same but that should change after today when Panama plays Korea and Japan does battle with Australia.

Panama 9 Russia 1

Russia had a 1-0 lead after two innings. Panama ran away with the game after a 6 run fifth. Gabriel Henry pitched seven innings of three hit ball allowing just one unearned run. Panama took advantage of 9 walks to run away from this game. Rodrigo Orozco was the most patient with three walks.

Nicaragua 10 Taiwan 5

Nicaragua scored five in the top of the tenth to win this game. Cesar Diaz blasted two of his three hits over the fence to drive in five. Javier Robles also hit a homerun, a solo shot for his one hit in the game. Taiwan scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Chung-Yu Chen solo shot to send the game into extra innings. It was the only blemish off Adolfo Robles who worked two innings to get the win.

Korea 7 Venezuela 2

Korea got a pinch hit 3-run double from Byeong-Wuk Lim to fuel a 4-run eighth that put the game out of reach for Korea. Joong-Hyun Yoon pitched 4.1 innings of relief to get the win for Korea, striking out seven.

Australia 15 Argentina 2

Aaron Whitfield drove in four runs with his three hits and Jacob Younis went a perfect 3 for 3 including a homerun, two walks, two stolen bases and two RBIs to lead the Aussie offense. Argentina pitches walked 10 and hit four batters. Once the Aussies got on base they ran wild stealing seven bases. Ben Leslie was a perfect 1 for 1 with three RBIs, two walks and a sacrifice fly.

Japan 16 Austria 0

Austria was a bit overmatched in this five inning game. Yusuke Masago, Tomohiro Anraku and Koki Yamashita each drove in three runs.

Mexico 14 Czech Republic 4

An eight run first put this game out of reach but the Czechs extended the game to eight innings. Every starter in the Mexican lineup except one player contributed an RBI in the game. Gilberto Carrera, Norberto Obeso and Hector Ponce led the charge with three hits each. Mexico finished the game with 19 hits

Under 23 - Day 3

Monday, October 31st, 2016

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:

Group A

Korea (3-0), Panama (3-0), Czech Republic (1-2), Mexico (1-2), Venezuela (1-2) and Russia (0-3)

Group B

Australia (3-0), Japan (3-0), Argentina (1-2), Nicaragua (1-2), Taiwan (1-2) and Austria (0-3)

Under 23 Tournament - Day 2

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

No major surprises in the second day of the under 23 tournament. A few mild surprises such as how easy Japan handled Taiwan and the Australian win over Nicaragua. Mexico had a nice bounce back after their opening day loss, shutting out a tough Venezuelan team.

Japan 15 Taiwan 3

Myworld expected this game to be a little more competitive but an eight run second inning knocked the sails out of Taiwan. The game only went seven innings. Taiwan did show some life by rallying for three runs in the third but Japan bounced back by scoring three of their own in the bottom half to put a dagger to the Taiwan hopes. Yu-Chieh Kao hit a solo shot for Taiwan in their three run third.

Taiwan pitchers lacked control walking eight batters in just six innings. Japan lead off hitter Kengo Takeda ripped two doubles and a homerun in his four RBI day, falling a triple short of the cycle. He also scored three runs. Cleanup hitter Yusuke Masago also collected four hits to drive in four runs, three of those hits finding the gap for doubles.

Mexico 4 Venezuela 0

After scoring 14 runs the day before against Russian pitching the Venezuelans could not find the plate against the three Mexican hurlers. Jesus Anguamea pitched six innings of one hit ball, striking out eleven. The two remaining pitchers completed the shutout, limiting the Venezuelans to just one additional hit with three more whiffs. The bats scored all their runs in the first two innings, Gilberto Carrera driving in two and scoring one to lead the offense. After Mexico scored four runs Venezuela brought in Alexander Diaz to pitch and he quieted the Mexican bats for 6.2 innings, limiting them to just three hits. But the Venezuelan offense was absent in the game yesterday and could not take advantage of the superior bullpen relief by Alexander.

Argentina 13 Austria 3

Argentina got the win in a battle between the two newbies in the tournament. A seven run seventh by Argentina put the game out of reach and ended it early. Nine different players drove in runs for Argentina with Augustin Talevi and Julian Pedrouzzo leading the charge with two runs driven in each. Federico Robles pitched all seven innings to pick up the victory.

Australia 6 Nicaragua 5

Australia used 10 walks, including three in the last inning when they scored the game winning run to defeat Nicaragua. Guy Edmonds hit his second homerun of the tournament and drove in three runs, including the game winner to lead Australia. Nicaragua got two solo shots from Benjamin Alegria and Ronald Rivera to keep this game close. Rivera led all hitters with three hits.

Panama 17 Czech Republic 3

The Czechs committed five errors and three Panama homeruns proved to be too much for the Czech Republic in this seven inning shortened game. Allen Cordoba, Gerald Chin and Rodrigo Vigil each went deep for Panama. Cordoba and Chin each drove in four runs while Vigil and Anthony Amaya paced the bottom of the order with three RBIs each. Amaya finished the game 3 for 3 with a walk.

Korea 17 Russia 3

Korea bounced on Russia by the same score, scoring all their runs in the first four innings of a seven inning shortened game. Korea had a homerun from Tae-Hun Lee and three RBI performances from Lee, Jun-Tae Kim and Hyun Jung. Kim scored three times and led all players with three hits. Korea used six different pitchers to complete the game, starter Seo-Jun Im working two perfect innings in the longest outing for the pitchers.

Opening Salvos of Under 23 Tournament Begin

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The United States and Cuba, two of the top teams in the world are not participating in this tournament, but their absence opens the opportunity for other teams to play. Austria and Argentina are two new countries who took advantage of the absences to participate in the tournament. They found the going rough but the experience will be beneficial for their development in baseball. There were no surprises on this first day.

Japan 6 Nicaragua 1

Nicaragua hung with Japan for eight innings. A three run assault in the ninth allowed Japan to pull away 6-0. Keisuke Honda quieted the Nicaraguan bats on two hits in the first seven innings to bring Japan the victory with a paucity of offense. Tomo Otosaka and Koki Yamashita each drove in two runs to lead the Japan offense.

Australia 8 Austria 1

In their first big tournament Austria scored the first run in the opening frame on a two out solo homerun from Ferdinand Obed. Unfortunately that would be all the runs Austria would score. Australia used three big innings to score their eight, Zachary Shepherd, Connor McDonald and Guy Edmonds all going deep for the Australian team. Shepherd and McDonald each drove in three runs. Nicholas Hutchings recovered from the first inning homerun to pitch six innings to get the win, allowing just two more hits in those innings.

Taiwan 10 Argentina 0

Taiwan went eight innings to beat Argentina, the game ending an inning early because of the 10-run rule. Argentina squeaked out five hits and drew five walks but could not use the Taiwan generosity to cross the plate. Yi-Chung Liao went five innings to pick up the win, striking out eight. Chung-Ting Chen was the big bat for Taiwan driving in three runs with a homerun. Tzu-Wei Lin also homered from the leadoff spot, finishing the day 2 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Venezuela 14 Russia 1

Venezuela only needed seven innings to dispose of Russia. They scored 13 runs in the first three innings to make it an early run away, Francisco Martinez going a perfect 4 for 4 with three RBIs. Jonathan Linares also drove in three runs with a homerun and sacrifice fly on a perfect 1 for 1 day in his three at bats. Joscar Alvarez lashed out three hits from the lead off spot scoring three runs. Russian pitchers walked 8 hitters and gave up 14 hits.

Korea 6 Czech Republic 1

Woo-Jin Sim drove in three runs with his three hits to lead Korea to victory. Chae-Hueng Choi pitched 6.2 innings allowing just one run to pick up the victory.

Panama 3 Mexico 1

Panama was not too kind to the hosts of the tournament. Carlos Sanchez drove in one run with a solo homerun and Humberto Mejia shut down the Mexican bats for seven innings on three hits. Mexico rallied in the ninth for one run, but it came up short.