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Top 14 Countries for Women’s Baseball

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

There are not as many countries that participant in woman’s baseball. Japan is the most dominant, currently carrying a 30 game world cup winning streak. Canada, the number two rated team came the closest to beating Japan in the World Cup, losing 2-1 in a Super Round game. Taiwan jumped three spots after finishing second in last year’s World Cup. Most of the top United States players are encouraged to play softball because of a lack of baseball programs for women. They dropped a notch after failing to medal the last two years. Below are the top 14 countries for woman’s baseball:

1. Japan - 2000 points
2. Canada - 1300
3. Taiwan - 1297
4. United States - 1094
5. Venezuela - 989
6. Australia - 904
7. Cuba - 537
8. Korea - 500
9. Dominican Republic - 433
10. Hong Kong - 363
11. Netherlands - 311
12. Puerto Rico - 267
13. India - 104
14. Pakistan - 67

Under 23 World Cup All Tournament Team

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Below are the names of the players who made the All Tournament Team in the Under 23 World Cup.

Catcher - Orlando Pina (Mexico) .320, 2, 8
First Base - Hisanori Yasuda (japan) .393, 1, 8 MVP
Second Base - Brailan Perez (Colombia) .462, 0, 5 with two triples and 4 stolen bases
Third Base - Dervin Pomare (Colombia) .522, 1, 10 with a 1.368 OPS
Shortstop - Jorna Rodriguez (Venezuela) .333, 0, 3
Outfield - Norberto Obeso (Mexico) .500, 0, 5 with 5 doubles, 1.363 OPS
Outfield - Carlos Vidal (Colombia) .387, 1, 7
Outfield - Bojarski Ulrich (Australia) .379, 4, 11 with 1.297 OPS
Designated Hitter - Leandro Cedeno (Venezuela).306, 2, 10
Starting Pitcher - Francisco Haro (Mexico) 2-0, 1.93 with 18 whiffs in 14 innings
Best Relief Pitcher - Kakeru Narita (Japan) 1-1, 1.17 with 1 save

Other Players Worth Note

Australia

Jack Barrie - .391, 3, 8
Mitchell Warke-Edwards - .500, 2, 6 with 1.200 slugging and 1.783 OPS

Colombia

Juan Zabala - .417, 1, 7
Juan Escorcia - 0.90 ERA with 14 whiffs in 10 IP
Reiver SanMartin - 1-0, 0.82, .179 opponent average

Czech Republic

Martin Muzik - .250, 2, 7

Dominican Republic

Claudio Galva - 0.00 ERA, 11 whiffs in 9 innings, .097 opponent average
Raffi Vizcaino - 0.00 ERA, .105 opponent average

Japan

Kairi Shimada - .344, 1, 1 with 12 runs scored with 5 stolen bases
Yasuhito Uchida - .233, 3, 8
Hiroki Kondo - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 17 whiffs in 15 innings, .189 opponent average
Kosuke Sakaguchi - 1-0, 0.77, 16 whiffs in 11.2 innings, .179 opponent average
Soichiro Yamazaki - 1-0, 0.00, .194 opponent average

Korea

Chan-Hyung Kim - .286, 3, 9
Min-Hyeok Kim - .367, 2, 7
Dong-Hui Han - .324, 2, 7 with 12 runs scored
Jin-Won Ye - .410, 0, 4
Sung-Young Choi - 2-1, 2.31, 13 whiffs in 11.2 innings, .171 opponent average
Sang-Hyun Jeon - 2-0, 1.80, .206 opponent average

Mexico

Roberto Valenzuela - .263, 3, 9 with 3 stolen bases

Netherlands

Sherton Apostel - .375, 2, 9
Francinel Martina - .367, 1, 7

Puerto Rico

Isan Diaz - .214, 4, 5 with 8 runs scored
Jonathan Bermudez - 0.00 ERA, 10 whiffs in 7 innings pitched, .048 opponent average
Sidney Duprey - 1-1, 1.04, 11 whiffs in 8.2 innings
Luis Sanchez - 1.17, 1 save, .125 opponent average

South Africa

Tyler Smith - .433, 0, 4

Taiwan

Wei-Han Hong - .367, 0, 1, .472 OBA
Liang-Chih Chen - 0.60, .196 opponent average

Venezuela

Anthony Concepcion - .346, 1, 6
Carlos Machado - .429, 0, 5
Jesus Lujano - .400, 0, 5
Yonny Hernandez - .200, 0, 2 with 6 stolen bases
Nivaldo Rodriguez - 0.00 ERA, .077 opponent average

Mexico Upsets Japan in Under 23 World Cup

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Mexico pulled a big upset beating the previously undefeated and number two ranked team in the world Japan 2-1. They did it with eight innings of one hit pitching from starter Carlos Morales. The bullpen continued to leave Japan hitless through 10 innings. In the top of the tenth Mexico captured the lead with a two run single from Fabricio Macias.

Japan could only counter with one run in the bottom of the 10th. They chose to sacrifice to move the runners into scoring position. A ground out scored one run but that left Japan with only one out left. A walk put the winning run on base. Japan called on Sergio Alvarado to get the last out. He walked the only batter he faced to load the bases. Erick Casillas was asked to save the day. He got a fly out to right and the Mexican celebration began.

Hiroki Kondo pitched well for Japan, throwing eight innings of shutout ball. He gave up seven hits. Mexico strung together three consecutive singles off him in the second, but had a runner gunned down at home to end the inning with zero runs.

Macias had an opportunity to win the game in the seventh, an intentional walk putting two runners on with two out. He grounded out to shortstop to end the inning. Macias did not fail in his second opportunity grounding a single up the middle to drive in two.

Venezuela 5 Korea 4

Venezuela won the bronze medal game. They scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth when Korea tried to turn two but failed, the runner from third scoring on the play.

Nivaldo Rodriguez threw five innings of one hit shutout ball before he departed after the fifth inning. The Venezuelans were leading 3-0 after his departure. In his eleven innings of work Rodriguez had yet to allow a run and had only given up three hits. The Koreans found the servings of the Venezuelan bullpen more to their liking, scoring four in the next two innings to tie the game.

Under 23 World Cup - Japan to Face Mexico in Finals

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Japan will enter the finals undefeated after disposing of the Dominican Republic. They will face second place Mexico, who lost two games in the championship game. Korea will play Venezuela for the bronze.

Korea 3 Mexico 2

Mexico had nothing to play for since they had qualified for the finals. Korea needed this win to get to the bronze medal game. Saul Castellanos had shutout Korea for the first five innings. Mexico scored two in the third to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.

Korea’s bats woke up in the sixth. Kim Min-Hyeok started the inning with a double. A single and one out walk loaded the bases. Hwang Kyeong-Tae drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, the other runners also advancing. Pinch hitter Choe Tae-Seong slapped a crucial two run single to give Korea a 3-2 lead.

Mexico had two runners thrown out at the bases in the bottom of the sixth, one on a caught stealing and the other on a single where the runner was gunned down trying to advance to third. Mexico stranded runners on first and third with one out in the seventh. They had the tying run at second with one out in the ninth but Yi Jung-Yong struck out the last two hitters to preserve the win. Despite all those wasted opportunities, Mexico still advances to the championship game.

Venezuela 4 Taiwan 3

Venezuela also needed a rally to beat Taiwan and advance to the bronze medal game. Taiwan had jumped to an early 3-0 lead with three runs in the third. Venezuela got 5.1 shutout innings from Yosmer Solórzano that allowed them to come back. Carlos Machado got a clutch two run pinch hit single in the seventh to tie the game. Yoel Romero banged an RBI double in the eighth to give Venezuela a 4-3 lead.

Luis Garcia was called on to finish up the eighth and close out the ninth to secure the Venezuelan victory.

Japan 4 Dominican Republic 0

Japan got seven innings of shutout ball from Kosuke Sakaguchi to lead Japan to the shutout victory. The bullpen worked the remaining two but preserved the shutout. Kenji Nishimaki collected three hits, driving in two runs to lead the offense. Kento Harasawa also added three hits with a RBI and a run scored.

23 and Under World Cup - Japan and Mexico clinch Spot in Finals

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

They still have another day to play but Mexico and Japan will appear in the Gold Medal Round. Mexico beat Venezuela earlier in pool play so even if they lose tomorrow they will be tied with Venezuela for second place. The tie breaker is head to head so Mexico advances.

Japan 6 Venezuela 3

Venezuela had to win this game to have any hope of appearing in the final. Both teams scored early. Leandro Cedeno hit a three run shot in the first to give Venezuela an early 3-0 lead. Japan battled back for two more with Kento Harasawa ripping a two run single to make it 3-2.

Atsuki Taneichi shut out the Venezuelan bats for the next seven innings. Harasawa doubled in the third to tie the game at 3-3. It was virtually ended in the bottom of the eighth when Kengo Horiuchi mashed a three run homerun, his first of the tournament to give Japan a 6-3 lead. Kakeru Narita relieved Taneichi and retired the Venezuelans in order in the ninth to clinch Japan’s appearance in the finals.

Mexico 3 Dominican Republic 1

The Dominicans scored first after an error by the right fielder allowed Dariel Gomez to score. Gomez had gotten on base via an error. Wilber Perez pitched three shutout innings for the Dominicans but was a little wild, walking four batters.

Orlando Pina hit a two run single for Mexico in the sixth to stake them to a 2-1 lead. Francisco Haro went nine innings to get the win. He only allowed three hits, striking out nine. Mexico scored an insurance run in the seventh on a strikeout/wild pitch and an error by the catcher that allowed the third run to score.

Korea 5 Taiwan 2

It was a game for Asian pride. Korea won. Kim Min-Hyeok blasted a two run homer in the first and Kim Chan-Hyung slugged a two run homer in the third to give Korea an early 5-0 lead.

For Taiwan Chang Wen-Hsien got his first three hits of the tournament going 3 for 4 and driving in both runs. He hit a solo shot in the fourth and drove in the second run in the eighth with a single. Another single put they tying run to the plate but Taiwan could not take advantage. Two walks in the ninth again put the tying run to the plate but a ground out double play ended the game.

Under 23 World Cup - First Day of Super Round

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Myworld will only report the results of the Super Round games.

Japan 3 Korea 2

Japan just squeezed past Korea to remain undefeated. Korea is the lone winless team in the Super Round and virtually out of any possibility for a gold medal appearance. All of the runs from Japan were driven in by the big powerful bat of Yasuhito Uchida. Uchida only has four hits in the tournament, but three have carried over the fence. He hit his third in the sixth, a two run shot. In the first inning he got his first hit that was not a homerun, an RBI single. Uchida plays for the Rakuten Golden Eagles where last year he slugged 12 homeruns in 58 games but hit only .198.

Korea made it close in the seventh when two hitters were hit by pitch with the bases loaded. They loaded the bases with three walks. The Japanese bullpen had a hard time finding the plate, walking six hitters and hitting two in 4.1 innings of work. Korea had a runner thrown out at home in the fifth and stranded eight runners between the sixth through eighth innings.

Mexico 10 Venezuela 4

Mexico handed the Venezuelans their first loss of the tournament. Roberto Valenzuela slugged his third homerun, a grand slam in the six run sixth to allow Mexico to pull away from Venezuela. Valenzuela also stole home in the third on a first and third double steal. Luis Rodriguez earned his second win of the tournament working 5.1 innings and allowing just two runs. Mexico is now tied with Venezuela in the Super Round at 2-1.

Taiwan 3 Dominican Republic 1

Kai-Wei Li got a big bases clearing three run double in the 10th inning in Taiwan’s first win, 6-5 over Colombia that got them in the Super Round. He came up big again yesterday in the 10th inning coming up with two runners on and hitting a two run double to give Taiwan their second win, their first in the Super Round. Taiwan got nine solid innings from Hao-Chun Cheng, who gave up one unearned run in the second inning. He struck out eight and allowed just three hits. Chen-Yu Wu was able to hold the Dominicans scoreless despite having two runners on, pitching to only two hitters (strikeout and ground out double play).

The Dominicans got six shutout innings from Claudio Galva. He allowed just two hits. It was his first start after two relief appearances in the tournament. He has yet to allow a run in nine innings striking out 11.

Taiwan Edges Colombia to Qualify for Super Round

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

In the rain makeups Taiwan edged Colombia to qualify for the Super Round. Unfortunately, they must go into this Super Round 0-2.

Taiwan 6 Colombia 5

It was a tight 1-1 game after five. In the tenth inning when teams are allowed to put two runners on base the game got wild. Taiwan scored five and Colombia could only muster four giving Taiwan the edge and advancement to the Super Round.

Kai-Wei Li got the big hit with a bases clearing double to drive in three. Colombia battled back with three driven in on a triple by Zabala Murillo. Milton Ramos drove her in with a single but Chun-Chang Su retired the last two hitters to win the game.

Reiver SanMartin pitched five innings of shutout ball before Colombia went to the pen. San Martin only gave up one run in the 11 innings he had pitched in the tournament. Liang-Chih Chen pitched 8.1 innings, allowing just one run. He was a bit wild walking seven.

Netherlands 7 South Africa 3

In a game that meant little the Netherlands won their second straight game.

Under 23 World Cup - Day 5

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The Netherlands won their first game, upsetting Taiwan and the Czech Republic almost shocked the Dominican Republic. Five of the six teams have advanced to the Super Round.

Venezuela 9 Korea 2

The two teams will advance to the Super Round, but Venezuela will advance with no losses while Korea will carry over two losses. And the domination they received at the hands of Venezuela. Nivaldo Rodriguez shutout Korea on two hits for four innings. The Koreans were able to pull to within 3-2 against the Venezuelan bullpen in the sixth. Jose Rodriguez shut them out for the final 3.2 innings. In total the Venezuelan pitchers finished the game with 14 strikeouts.

The Venezuelans were able to spray 13 hits and six walks into nine runs. The top two hitters in the lineup, Yonny Hernandez and Jesus Lujano led the charge with two RBIs each. Hernandez and Carlos Machado led all players with three hits each. Of the 13 Venezuelan hits, only one went for extra bases.

Sung-Ju Moon led Korea with three of their seven hits and drove in both runs with a double.

Japan 7 Colombia 2

Japan remained undefeated with their win over Colombia. Colombia must still beat Taiwan in a makeup game to hope to advance. Colombia scored first to take an early 1-0 lead. Two three run innings, one in the third and another in the seventh was too much for Colombia. Taiga Matsuo got the big hit for Japan with his two run triple in the third to give Japan a 2-1 lead. He later scored on a wild pitch. Hisanori Yasuda also drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies, one in the seventh and the other in the ninth.

Dominican Republic 9 Czech Republic 8

The Dominicans advanced to the super round with a wild win over the Czechs. In the tenth they scored two runs to win the game. Jeison Guzman is credited with the walk off single to give the Dominicans the win. The Czechs remain winless.

The Dominicans had jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after two and all seemed cool after that. Hansel Moreno punched a two run shot in the third and Wendell Rijo went solo. In the fifth Martin Muzik finished off the five run fifth with a three run homer and the game was tied 5-5. The Dominicans called on Eduardo del Rosario to finish the game, throwing 3.2 innings of almost shutout ball. He gave up one unearned run in the 10th on a wild pitch. In extra innings in international play runners are placed on first and second to begin the inning.

Netherlands 10 Taiwan 9

The Netherlands diminished Taiwan’s chances of advancing to the Super Round. They must now beat Colombia to have any hope of advancing. Like the Dominican game, the Netherlands scored two runs in the bottom of the tenth to win the game. The last run was scored when Tijmen Takke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Taiwan chose to walk Sherton Apostel to load the bases and face Takke, who had come in the game as a pinch runner. Apostel was 3 for 5 with two doubles, a homerun and four RBIs.

Netherlands had jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but could not hold it.

Mexico 13 South Africa 3

Mexico advanced to the Super Round. South Africa scored their first runs of the tournament. Both teams were happy. Roberto Valenzuela and Orlando Pina both went deep, each with their second homeruns of the tournament. The two combined to drive in seven of the 13 runs for Mexico.

Puerto Rico 3 Australia 2

Puerto Rico knocked Australia out of the Super Round with the win. At 2-3 Puerto Rico fails to advance as well. Isan Diaz drove in all the runs for Puerto Rico with two homeruns. He hit a solo shot in the third and a two run blast in the fifth. He came into the game 1 for 12. Luis Sanchez pitched two perfect innings to stamp out the victory and eliminate Australia from the Super Round.

Under 23 World Cup - Day 4 Japan and Venezuela Remain Undefeated

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Only Japan and Venezuela remain undefeated after the fourth day. Japan seems to do it with their pitching while Venezuela relies on their bats.

Japan 5 Netherlands 0

Japan completed their second shutout of the tournament. The European teams remain winless in these events. Hiroki Konda dominated in seven innings, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits. Japan scored all five of their runs in the first, taking advantage of three walks then coasted the rest of the way. Taiga Matsuo drove in two runs with his triple and Hisanori Yasuda drove in two with a single.

Venezuela 7 Dominican Republic 2

Venezuela knocked off a tough Dominican team to remain undefeated. For the Dominicans it is their second loss. They scored both their runs in the second inning on a two run homer by Martin Taveras, his second of the tournament. Ivan Andueza came on in relief after the third inning and held the Dominicans hitless for six innings, striking out 10 and walking two. Carlos Machado hit a two run single in a three run first, which Andueza confirmed was all the runs the Venezuelans needed. Jorna Rodriguez finished a perfect 3 for 3 hitting from the ninth spot in the order with three runs scored. He also stole two bases.

Korea 14 Australia 7

Korea got a big win to take over second place in pool two, tacking a second loss to Australia’s ledger. Australia scored six in the opening frame but could not hold the lead. They again got big production from the bottom of their order, with number eight hitter Mitchel Warke-Edwards going deep twice, once in the first inning with a three run blast and again in the sixth with a solo shot.

Korea bounced back in the second inning with eight runs. Chan-Hyung Kim hit the first of his two homeruns in the inning, a grand slam to pull Korea to within one. Gyeong-Won Jun hit a two run double in the inning to put Korea up 7-6. Kim blasted another homer in the eighth, a two run bomb to give him six RBIs for the game. Dong-Hui Han sealed the victory with his three run homer in the seventh. He finished the day 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

Taiwan 12 South Africa 0

Taiwan got their first win and South Africa extended their scoreless streak to 0 for the tournament. Yun-Chen Tai walloped a grand slam homer in an eight run third that put the game out of reach.

Mexico 7 Colombia 6

Mexico got a big win giving Colombia their first loss. It also put them in second place at 3-1. Mexico had jumped out to an early 5-1 lead. Carlos Morales had pitched five shutout innings. He was taken out in the sixth after issuing a one out walk. The bullpen coughed up the lead in the seventh, giving up five runs. Derwin Pomare got the big hit, a bases clearing double that drove in three. Pomare finished the day with four RBIs, delivering an RBI single in the sixth that gave Colombia their first run.

Not deterred, Mexico battled back. They scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh on a strikeout/wild pitch, scoring a run without benefit of putting the ball in play. The leadoff hitter walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. The walks continued to hurt Colombia with another leadoff walk in the eighth scoring on a Roberto Valenzuela triple in right field to give Mexico the lead.

Erick Casillas got credit for the win, working his second inning of relief to close out the victory. He gave up a two out double to Milton Ramos but retired the next hitter on a fly out to end the game.

Puerto Rico 20 Czech Republic 0

Puerto Rico got their first win, their bats taking it out on the winless Czechs. The game only went five as Puerto Rico scored in every inning. Gabriel Cancel was the big bat with six RBIs, including a three run homer in the first. Xavier Fernandez clubbed a solo shot in the first, finishing the day 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Lean Marrero and Aldemar Burgos each crossed the plate four times.

Rain Dampens World Games in Colombia

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Rain forced the postponement of the Netherlands/South Africa and Taiwan/Colombia games. The other games were played with the only minor upset the Australian win over previously undefeated Dominican Republic.

Australia 4 Dominican Republic 3

Australia got back in the super round playoff race winning their second game of pool play over the previously undefeated Dominican Republic. They scored all their runs in the fourth inning with Jordan McArdle getting the big hit with his three run homerun. Australia has now gotten three homeruns from their 8th and 9th hitters in the order.

Martin Taveras got the scoring going for the Dominican Republic in the second with a solo shot. He added a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth to give the Dominicans an early 2-0 lead, but they could not hold it.

Jack Enciondo pitched the ninth inning to close out the victory, though he did give up a deep fly to left that left some Aussie fans squirming in their seats.

Japan 7 Mexico 2

Japan won the battle of the undefeateds. Yasuhito Uchida hit his second homerun of the tournament, a three run blast in the first inning to get things started for Japan and score all the runs they needed to win the game.

Mexico got a solo shot from Bernardo Heras in the fourth, but needed a lot more to win this game.

Korea 6 Puerto Rico 3

Korea won their second game, knocking Puerto Rico out of any chance of getting to the super round. Sang-Hyun Jeon had trouble finding the plate, walking five, but allowed just one run in his five innings of work. Jin-Won Ye, Kyeong-Tae Hwang and Chan-Hyung Kim each led the offense with three hits each. Ye drove in two runs and scored one from the leadoff spot and Hwang also drove in two and scored once. Jung-Yong Yi worked the last two innings to complete the save.

Puerto Rico had scored first on a solo shot from Emmanuel Rivera in the opening frame.

Venezuela 8 Czech Republic 2

Venezuela remained undefeated, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to easily defeat the Czech Republic. For the Czechs they remain winless and are eliminated from advancing to the Super Round. The Venezuelan pitchers were a bit wild, walking nine hitters but the Czechs stranded 12 runners, not taking advantage of their opportunities.

Leandro Cedeno and Joscar Alvarez hit solo shots for Venezuela. Cedeno’s homerun in the four run sixth broke a 2-2 tie. Cruz Noriega pitched the last three innings to earn the save.