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Nicaragua to Host U-23 WBSC Championship; Panama Under 15

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Nicaragua will host the Under 23 WBSC championship in 2018, playing the games at the newly constructed 15,000 seat Dennis Martinez stadium at a date yet to be determined. Despite all the points awarded for this event the No 2 United States and No 5 Cuba will not be playing in the tournament. The United States did not play in the qualifying round, while Cuba did not qualify. Below are the teams who have qualified for the games:

Africa (1) - to be determined
Americas (4) - No. 9 Venezuela, No. 6 Mexico, No. 11 Puerto Rico, No. 16 Dominican Republic
Asia (3) - No1. Japan, No.4 Taiwan and No. 3 South Korea
Europe (2) - No. 8 Netherlands, No. 14 Czech Republic
Oceania (1) - to be determined
Wildcard (1) - No 13 Nicaragua

The Under 15 Hosts will be Panama. The teams competing in that tournament are:

Africa (1) - to be determined
Americas (5) - No. 2 United States, No. 16 Dominican Republic, No. 5 Cuba, No. 15 Panama, No. 18 Brazil
Asia (2) - No. 1 Japan and No. 4 Taiwan
Europe (2) - No. 20 Germany and No. 8 Netherlands
Oceania (1) - to be determined

Venezuela Downs Mexico to Win Americas Under 23 Championship

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Venezuela used a collection of minor league ball players to defeat Mexico and their roster of Mexican League summer players 3-1 to win the Under 23 Americas championship. Joscar Alvarez drove in all three runs for Venezuela with his three run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Julian Ornelas accounted for the only Mexican run with his solo shot in the second inning.

In the bronze medal game the Yadier Molina led Puerto Ricans shredded the Dominican Republic 17-1. Yariel Gonzalez went deep twice and drove in seven runs, one of his homeruns a grand slam that ended the game after six innings because of the 15 run rule.

All four teams qualified for the Under 23 tournament that will be played in 2018.

Mexico and Venezuela to Play in under 23 America’s championship

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

When Mexico lost their opener to Panama in the under 23 America’s championship it was a shock to most of the players and managers. This was one of the more talented teams that was put together. Mexico seems to have recovered. They will be playing Venezuela for the championship. Both teams have qualified for the world event along with Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic that will be played in 2018.

Venezuela eliminated the host Panama from the tournament and a hoped for qualification for the World Cup with a 5-3 win, especially hurtful after Panama had an opening day win over a talented team from Mexico. Mexico eliminated Cuba from any World Cup consideration with a 6-3 win. Mexico and the Dominican Republic finished tied for second in the super round but Mexico advanced to the championship because of their victory over them earlier. Venezuela had beaten Mexico 14-3 earlier in pool play.

The Dominican Republic will play Puerto Rico for the bronze. The Dominican Republic had beaten Puerto Rico earlier in pool play 10-5. Puerto Rico was tied with Panama for fourth place with identical 2-3 records but Puerto Rico advanced to the bronze medal game and World Cup qualification because of their win over Panama in head to head play to win the tie breaker.

Final standings:

Venezuela 5-0, Mexico 3-2, Dominican Republic 3-2, Puerto Rico 2-3, Panama 2-3, Cuba 0-5

The winless super round result of Cuba has to be a surprise and a testament to their drop in baseball talent. The above information was obtained from the website of the world baseball softball confederation website (wbsc.org).

Panama Upsets Mexico in Under -23 America’s Qualifier

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Mexico came into the Under - 23 Americas Qualifier with a lot of confidence. They had a roster filled with talented players from their Mexican Summer League. Some were even bold enough to declare the championship was theirs to lose.

In the opener against Panama they lost 6-3 against a talented Panama team sprinkled with minor league players from the major leagues. It is only pool play but Mexico will have to regroup.

Yadier Molina made his managerial debut a good one leading Puerto Rico to a 10-0 win over Colombia, who a couple days ago had beaten Panama 6-4 to win the championship in the Bolivian games over four other South American teams. In other games:

Costa Rica 14 Peru 0
Cuba 16 Argentina 1
Dominican Republic 16 Honduras 0
Venezuela 5 Brazil 1

Japan Still Number One in Baseball Despite United States Dominance

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The United States has finished higher than Japan in most of the tournaments the two play in. The main reason Japan is rated higher is they have played in more tournament, two November World Cup age tournaments that the United States chose not to participate in. The voting system tends to favor quantity of tournaments played rather than quality.

Below are the top ten countries in baseball. You can see the complete list at WBSC.org.

1) Japan - 5598
2) United States - 5414
3) Korea - 4908
4) Taiwan - 3747
5) Cuba - 3637
6) Mexico - 2957
7) Australia - 2634
8) Netherlands - 2374
9) Venezuela - 2286
10) Canada - 2142

Under 18 World Cup All Tournament Team

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Below is the Under 18 World Cup all tournament team. Myworld will include other players who were deserving of consideration based on their statistical performance.

Catcher - Dae-Hyun Cho (Korea) - .278, 1 HR, 11 runs scored, 8 RBIs with a .935 OPS

First Base - Leonardo Seminati (Italy) - .423, 2 HR, 7 RBI with 1.185 OPS

Second Base - Cesar Prieto (Cuba) - .581 ave with a 1.251 OPS

Third Base - Noah Naylor (Canada) - .313 average with .856 OPS

Shortstop - Brice Turang (United States) - .364, 7 runs scored with a .932 OPS

Outfield - Jin-Won Ye (Korea) - .355, 1 HR, 10 runs scored, 6 RBIs with a .992 OPS
Outfield - Alek Thomas (United States) - .361, 8 RBIs and six runs scored with 5 stolen bases
Outfield - Michael Siani (United States) - .333, 12 runs scored and 6 RBIs with 7 stolen bases and a .896 OPS

Starting Pitcher - Ethan Hankins (United States) - 1-0, 0.75 ERA, 27 K’s in 12 innings

Relief Pitcher - Fuminaru Taura (Japan) - 1-1, 1.32 ERA with 29 K’s in 13.2 innings

Others to Consider

United States

Triston Casas - .250, 3 homeruns and 13 RBIs with .993 OPS. Voted MVP of the tournament
Matthew Liberatore - 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 12 innings
Ryan Weathers - 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 9.2 innings
Brandon Dieter - 1-0, 0.00 ERA in 10 innings

Korea

Jun-Hwan Jang - .381, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs with 7 runs scored and a 1.234 OPS. 8 walks
Baek-Ho Kang - .375, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 6 runs scored, 4 2Bs with a 1.100 OPS. Also 4 K’s in 2 innings. The Shohei Otani of Korea.
In-Hyok Yi - .300, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 runs scored with a .967 OPS
Been Gwak - 1-1, 2.51 with 18 K’s in 14.1 innings
Min Kim - 1-0, 0.77 in 11.2 innings

Japan

Kaito Kozono - .378 average
Hisanori Yasuda - .324 average, 4 2Bs with a .918 OPS
Ginji Miura - 2-0, 0.00 ERA with 19 K’s in 12 innings
Kento Kawabata - 0-2, 2.51 ERA with 25 K’s in 14.1 innings

Canada

Jason Willow - .333, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 7 runs scored with a .928 OPS
Archer Brookman - .219, 2HR, 11 RBIs, 9 runs scored with a .866 OPS

Australia

Jack O’Loughlin - 2-0, 0.69 ERA with 15 K’s in 13 IP

Cuba

Roidal Martinez - .429 ave with a 1.026 OPS
Victor Mesa - .320 ave.

Taiwan

Han-Yu Tseng - .393 with .964 OPS
Tien-Hsin Kuo - .364 with .860 OPS

Netherlands

Dylan Koster - .364 with .845 OPS
Donny Breek - 1-1, 1.08 ERA, 18 K’s 16.2 innings, 151 opponent average

Italy

Michele Vassalotti - 1-0, 1.64 ERA with 15 K’s in 11 innings
Chih-Jung Liu - 1-1, 1.98 with 13 K’s in 13.2 IP
Yi-Sheng Chu - 1.29 ERA with 12 K’s in 7 IP

Nicaragua

Wandley Lagos - .424 ave, 4 stlen bases with a .899 OPS
Jeyner Flores - .393 ave, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs with 1.219 OPS

Mexico

Saul Martinez - .423 with a 1.041 OPS
Jose Gaona - .400 with a 1.070 OPS
Jorge Valdez - 1-0, 1.17 ERA with 10 K’s in 7.2 innings

South Africa

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United States Wins Fourth Straight Under 18 World Cup Championship

Monday, September 11th, 2017

The United States, especially their pitching staff was dominant in their fourth straight 18 and under World Cup championship.

United States 8 Korea 0

The United States tossed their second straight shutout against Korea to win their fourth consecutive 18 and under World Cup championship. Matthew Liberatore did not dazzle with strikeouts, but still pitched six innings of four hit shutout ball, striking out just one. Three different relievers completed the shutout with one inning of relief each.

Triston Casas again provided the big bat for the United States team with a double, homerun and three RBIs. It was his third double and third homerun of the tournament. Triston has 13 RBIs in the nine games he has played in the tournament.

Japan 8 Canada 1

Japan rolled over the hosts to win the bronze medal in the tournament. Ginjii Miura pitched seven innings of three hit shutout ball, striking out 12. For the tournament he did not give up a run in his two starts, working 12 innings and striking out 12. Japan stole five bases and coaxed six walks in the rout. Kyota Fujiwara was the offensive catalyst for Japan with two hits, two runs scored, an RBI and stolen base.

Japan finished in second place in the two previous tournaments, so playing for the bronze had to be a disappointment. Canada finished second in 2012. South Korea last won this tournament in 2008. Canada last won the tournament in 1991.

18 and Under World Cup - Korea Versus United States for Championship

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Korea got into the finals of the 18 and under World Cup championship relegating Japan to a bronze medal match. Korea will get a rematch with the United States, who they lost to earlier 2-0 in super round play. Japan will play Canada for the bronze medal match.

United States 9 Australia 0

The loss eliminated Australia from any medal competition but making the top six was an accomplishment. The United States had already clinched a gold medal appearance and had nothing to play for. Brandon Dieter pitched eight innings of three hit shut out ball for the United States to get the win. A five run third inning put this game away early. Five players in the United States lineup contributed two hits each with Nolan Gorman leading that bunch with two RBIs. Alek Thomas also drove in two runs with his one hit.

Korea 6 Japan 4

Korea knocked Japan down to the bronze medal game with their second win over the samurai team. Korea lit up Japanese ace Fumimaru Taura for five runs in the first two innings. Errors plagued both teams with three each, the sloppy play allowing three unearned runs to score for each team. Taura made a throwing error on a bunt in the first inning that ignited a three run rally for Korea.

Japan bounces back for three in the top of the second, aided by a Korean error. Taura, who came into the game striking out 27 hitters in just 12 innings gives up a single and two walks to load the bases in the second inning. After a strikeout he walks in a run and his day is done.

The bullpens do a good job after the early explosions. Kento Kawabata limits the Korean offense to just one run in his 6.2 innings of work. After giving up three in the second Min Kim survives until the sixth, when a single, two walks and a sacrifice fly ends the day for Kim. Jun-Young Ha bails Kim out of the sixth and strikes out seven of the nine hitters he faces. Young-Lun Kim pitches the final inning to earn the save.

Jun-Hwan Jang led the offense for Korea starting the game off with a single off Taura, igniting the three run first. He finished the game with two runs scored on two walks and a single in four at bats. Baek-Ho Kang drove in two runs for Korea. Shuto Sakurai collected three of the five Japanese hits.

Canada 4 Cuba 2

Cuba did not have anything to play for in this game, finishing the super round winless. Considering previous Cuban teams this was a major disappointment. Canada rallied for three runs in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Victor Cerny drove in two runs with a double. Jason Willow also had an RBI double in the inning.

Michael Stovman works eight innings for Canada to get the win. Jack Decooman works the ninth to earn the save. Victor Mesa, the rising Cuban star went 4 for 4 in the first game of the tournament, but then could only string together four hits in the final seven games. He did not draw a walk in the tournament.

Under 18 Super Round - Day 2 United States Blanks Korea

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

It was a matchup between the only two teams who had yet to take a loss in the tournament. The United States knocked Korea off of that mountain and are now king of the hill. In two upsets Australia surprised Cuba and Canada knocked off Japan to send the crowd into a tizzy over who will face the United States in the championship. Korea does battle with Japan today and a win will clinch a rematch with the United States.

United States 2 Korea 0

As it has been throughout this tournament the United States pitchers carried the team. The Korean pitcher Be-En Gwak was not too bad either. Ethan Hankins was a mystery to Korea for his six innings of work. He gave up two hits and struck out 14 of the 22 hitters he faced. All those K’s impacted his pitch count and he was relieved by Ryan Weathers for 2.2 innings. Weathers gets into a little trouble in the 9th giving up a two out single and a walk to put two runners on. John Ginn gets the last out on a strikeout to preserve the shutout and give the United States pitchers 19 whiffs on the day.

Gwak did not have the high strikeout totals of Hankins but he had the United States hitters perplexed through the first seven innings. The score was 0-0 after seven when the United States struck first. It was Gwak himself who gifted the run when he made an error to put a runner on first. Jarred Kelenic singled Michael Siani to third and Anthony McNair was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch scores the first run.

The United States scores an insurance run in the ninth on a double by Nolan Gorman that drives Gwak from the game. A single by Brice Turang gives the United States a 2-0 lead, enough for the vaunted pitching staff to protect.

Australia 3 Cuba 0

Both teams banged out 12 hits. Cuba failed to get the clutch hit when they needed it, stranding 13 runners. Australia stranded 11 runners but they were able to get two big hits in the three run fourth that turned the ballgame. Jack O’Loughlin went seven innings, scattering nine hits, but not allowing a runner to cross the plate.

An RBI triple by Joshua Bedggood and a two run triple by Alex Hall in the fourth inning drive in all the runs Australia needs to escape with a victory. Cuba gets four hits in five at bats from Cesar Prieto, but they are all wasted.

Canada 6 Japan 4

Perhaps Japan was looking ahead to their game against Korea. Canada put them in the present, winning the game despite making 5 errors. Japan made two errors but it cost them the game in the 7th. Canada had just committed two big errors in the sixth to allow Japan to take a 4-3 lead. A one out error allowed Canada to put a runner on second. Archer Brookman drives him in with a single to tie the game at 4-4. A strikeout should have ended the inning but the ball gets past the catcher to put runners on first and third. A wild pitch gives Canada a 5-4 lead and a single by Victor Cerny extends the lead to 6-4.

Dondrae Bremner drove in two runs for Canada but also committed two errors at short. Harley Gollert pitches the last three innings of shutout ball to close out the victory for Canada. Japan gets a solo shot from Kotaro Kiyomiya, his second of the tournament.

For Japan to get into the finals they must beat Korea and hope the winless Cuban team downs Canada. If Canada wins it will throw second place into a three way tie if Japan beats Korea. If Korea wins they will play the United States in the championship. Australia needs to beat the United States to have any hope of getting into the bronze medal game with either Japan, Korea or Canada and hope for a couple upsets, i.e Cuba beating Canada and Japan beating Korea to put second place into a four way tie. Cuba has nothing left to play for.

Under 18 World Cup Super Round - No Surprises

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Korea came into the super round undefeated so it was no surprise they beat Cuba. How easily they beat them was a surprise. While Korea needed just eight innings to dispose of Cuba it took 11 innings before Japan could slay the battling Aussies. The United States walked their way past Canada.

Korea 17 Cuba 7

The Korean bats are impressive. When Cuba rallied for three in the top of the third Korea struck back with nine in the bottom frame. Cho Dae-Hyun got the nine run inning started with a two run double and it was off to the races for Korea after that. A six run rally in the eighth by Korea ends the game an inning early.

Cho finished with three RBIs, but Choi Hyun-Jun was the top run producer with four. Kang Baek-Ho and Jang Jun-Hwan also drove in three runs. Of the 15 hits the Koreans collected only two were for extra bases, both doubles. The Cuban pitchers also issued seven walks.

On the Cuban side Michel Triana drove in three runs. Both Cesar Prieto and Roidal Martinez each banged out three hits. The Cubans almost out hit the Koreans with 13 of their own, but none of the four pitchers they trotted out to the mound had an answer to the Korean bats.

Japan 4 Australia 3

It wasn’t easy for Japan. Hisanori Yasuda, who had a critical hit in a two run first and drove in a run with a double in the fourth ended the game in the bottom of the 11th with a bases loaded RBI single. Tatsuya Shimizu got them to the 11th with four innings of shutout relief. Fumimaru Taura avoided disaster after his walk loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 11th. He struck out the next two hitters to leave Australia scoreless and give Japan an opportunity to win the game.

Kyota Fujiwara, Kaito Kozono and Yasuda, the first three hitters in the Japan lineup each collected three hits to combine for nine of the 12 Japanese hits. Kyota scored twice from the lead off spot.

The bottom two hitters, Joshua Bedggood and Jordan Barnett, drove in all three runs for Australia, with Barnett driving in runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

United States 8 Canada 3

The United States pitching staff finally gave up more than one run. Canada felt like they had an opportunity to score more than three runs. Two runners were thrown out at home in the second inning and they grounded into a bases loaded double play in the seventh. The United States used three straight walks issued by Eric Cerantola to begin the first to score the first two runs of the game. Triston Casas took charge with his bat to control the rest of the game, hitting a solo shot in the third and a three run double in the eighth to finish the game with five RBIs.

Canada out hit the United States 10 to 6 but their pitchers issued 9 free passes to gift the United States with more opportunities to put men on base.

The big game will be played today when the two undefeateds, the United States and Korea do battle.