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Japan Sweeps Australia

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Japan started off strong with an opening 2-0 win over Australia. Japan starter Kodai Senga struck out all six hitters he faced and Yuki Yanagita ended a 0-0 tie with an RBI single in the sixth. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo drove in Yanagita with a double for the second run in the sixth inning. Both Yuki and Yoshitomo would be quality offensive players in the major leagues.

Travis Blackley pitched well for Australia tossing five scoreless innings and striking out six. Travis pitched briefly for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2014. Steve Kent gave up the two runs, retiring only one of the four hitters he faced, that on a sacrifice bunt. Five Japanese pitchers struck out 16 Australian hitters before the day was done. A little over 33,000 came to watch the game.

Japan again showed superior pitching in the second game shutting out Australia 6-0 in front of a crowd that was close to 28,000. Takahiro Norimoto, the top strikeout pitcher in Japan over the last couple years got the start and struck out five in his two innings of work. Go Matsumoto was the big hitter for Japan driving in three runs. Trent D’Antonio tried to end the shutout streak in the ninth inning but his long fly ball hit the right centerfield wall.

The rosters for Japan and Australia:


PITCHERS (13): Yuki Matsui, Takahiro Norimoto, Yuhei Takanashi (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles), Shinji Tajima (Chunichi Dragons), Nao Higashihama, Sho Iwasaki, Kohdai Senga (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks), Yasuaki Yamasaki, Shota Imanaga, Haruhiro Hamaguchi (Yokohama DeNa Baystars), Tsuyoshi Ishizaki (Hanshin Tigers), Mizuki Hori (Hokkaido Nippom Ham Fighters), Kazuto Taguchi (Yomiuri Giants)

CATCHERS (3): Seiji Kobayashi (Yomiuri Giants), Tatsuhiro Tamura (Chiba Lotte Marines), Takuya Kai (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks)

INFIELDERS (7): Kosuke Tanaka, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Ryoma Nishikawa (Hiroshima Toyo Carp), Hideto Asamura, Shuta Tonosaki (Saitama Seibu Lions), Kenta Imamiya (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks), Yusuke Ohyama (Hanshin Tigers)

OUTFIELDERS (5): Go Matsumoto (Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters), Yuki Yanagita, Seiji Uebayashi (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks), Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh (Yokohama DeNa Baystars), Shogo Akiyama (Saitama Seibu Lions)


PITCHERS (12): Tim Atherton, Travis Blackley, Sam Holland, Ryan Searle, Matt Timms (Brisbane Bandits), Steve Kent (Canberra Cavalry), Cameron Lamb (Perth Heat), Greg Mosel, Matt Williams (Adelaide Bite), Sam Street, Josh Tols (Melbourne Aces): Todd Van Steensel (Sydney Blue Sox)

CATCHERS (3): Allan de San Miguel (Melbourne Aces), Alex Hall (Perth Heat), Kyle Perkins (Canberra Cavalry)

INFIELDERS (9): Trent D’Antonio (Sydney Blue Sox), Darryl George (Melbourne Aces), Robbie Glendinning, Luke Hughes (Perth Heat), Boss Moanaroa (Canberra Cavalry), Mitch Nilsson, Davi Sutherland, Logan Wade (Brisbane Bandits), Zac Shepherd, Yacob Younis (Sydney Blue Sox)

OUTFIELDERS (3): Andrew Campbell (Brisbane Bandits), David Kandilas (Canberra Cavalry), Tim Kennelly (Perth Heat)

United States New Number One

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

With their win in the World Baseball Classic the United States has ended the three year reign of Japan and taken over the number one spot in baseball, according to the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC). With the top 12 teams qualifying for the Premier 12 in 2019 myworld will list the top 13 teams as ranked by the WBSC. Mexico sitting at number five has never been ranked higher.

1. United States (5025 points)
2. Japan (4609 points)
3. South Korea (4158 points)
4. Cuba (3152 points)
5. Mexico (2613 points)
6. Taiwan (2520 points)
7. Canada (2142 points)
8. Australia (2095 points)
9. Netherlands (2002 points)
10. Puerto Rico (1796 points)
11. Venezuela (1765 points)
12. Dominican Republic (1227 points)
13. Nicaragua (1155 points)

You can see the complete list at

Brisbane Bandits Win Third Straight Australian Title

Monday, February 12th, 2018

The Bandits have completed a trifecta. After winning their first of three straight championships, beating the Adelaide Bite in 2015/2016, they followed that up by beating the Melbourne Aces. This year they defeated the Canberra Cavalry in a best of three series. Next on their agenda to beat in the finals would be the Perth Heat and/or the Sydney Blue Sox. That would give them five in a row against each ABL team. The Blue Sox may be tough since they are the only ABL team not to appear in the finals since the new format was started back in 2010.

Canberra won the opener 5-1 led by the 6.2 shutout innings from Brian Grening. He got offensive support from Robbie Perkins and David Kandilas, who each hit two run homers. The only run scored by Brisbane was in the ninth on a solo shot by T.J. Bennett. Little did Canberra know this would be the beginning of a trend in the second game.

Game two was not very competitive with Brisbane rolling over Canberra 12-2. Canberra scored both their runs on solo shots by Travis Witherspoon and Boss Moanaroa. Brisbane out muscled them with seven homeruns, Andrew Campbell and Chih-Shih Leng each hitting two homeruns, and Donald Lutz, Mitch Nilsson and David Sutherland each going deep. That is homeruns hit by players from four different countries, United States, Australia, Taiwan and Germany.

Tim Atherton pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out 11 to get the win. Lake Bachar had a rough outing for Canberra. He lasted just two outs into the fourth inning, but five of the seven hits he gave up carried over the fence.

The final game was a bit more competitive. Brisbane scored three early runs on a three run shot from Adam Weisenburger in the second inning to take an early 3-0 lead. They made it 4-0 on a solo shot by Mitch Nilsson in the sixth. The fireworks would begin after that.

The veteran Travis Blackley pitched six innings of one hit ball for Brisbane. When he was removed in the seventh the Cavalry charged. As did the benches, with two bench clearing incidents happening in the sixth. Manager Dave Nilsson and his coach were removed after a caught stealing at second base led to a second benches clearing brawl. The first bench clearing occurred after a hit by pitch immediately following the Nilsson homer in the top of the sixth. The umpire ejecting them was Takahito Matsuda.

Sam Holland only faced one hitter before he was removed, giving up a single to Jay Baum. Ryan Bollinger got Boss Moanaroa to ground out to second. Baum was allowed to advance to second and scored on a throwing error by first baseman David Sutherland when he broke for third. That gave the Cavalry their first run.

In the eighth Kyle Perkins led off the inning with a homerun. Travis Witherspoon added a one out double but he was left stranded at third.

Steven Kent kept Canberra in the game by striking out all six hitters he faced. He also got credit for an out in the bottom of the sixth on a caught stealing attempt that led to the two ejections.

After going through four pitchers to get four outs Brisbane turned to Ryan Searle to finish the game. He retired five of the last six hitters he faced, giving up a two out single in the ninth to Robbie Perkins, but retiring the last hitter (Cameron Warner) to secure the Brisbane Bandits third straight championship.

CPBL Baseball Commissioner Chin-Yang Wu threw out the first pitch in the second game of the ABL championship. The CPBL is looking to expand and there are discussions of putting a team of Australian players in the CPBL as a fifth team.

Australian Playoff Teams Set

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The battle for the Claxton Shield begins this weekend in Australia. The Brisbane Bandits will host the Melbourne Aces in a best of three affair. The Canberra Cavalry will travel to Perth to play a best of three match. The two semifinal games will begin Friday night. The winners of the semifinal games will play the finals the next weekend with the top seed being the host.

Australia Qualifies for Under 15 Tournament

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Australia won the Under 15 Oceania baseball championship, sweeping past New Zealand in a best of three final. New Zealand battled in the second game, sending it into extra innings. If a New Zealand runner had not been thrown out at home in the bottom of the ninth the finals could have gone to a third game. Australia scored six in the extra inning and went on to win 11-6.

Australia will join Japan and Taiwan from Asia, Dominican Republic, United States, Cuba, Panama and Brazil from the Americas, and Germany and Netherlands from Europe. An Africa representative has not been determine yet, as well as a wild card team.

The under 15 will be played in Panama sometime between July and August. Hopefully they won’t get a lot of rain.

Fraley Breaks Australian Stolen Base Record

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Jake Fraley is having a heck of a season in Australia. Yesterday he stole two bases to bring his season total up to 33 breaking the record of 32 by Jon Berti, who had tallied that number for the Canberra Cavalry in the 2014/2015 season. Fraley also blasted his 11th homerun of the season in the ninth inning to extend the blowout by the Pert Heat to a 15-5 win over the Brisbane Bandits. From the lead off spot Fraley has 33 RBIs in his first 34 games.

Fraley was the Rays second round pick in the 2016 draft. Last year he was limited to 30 games due to injury, hitting just .211. In his first half season with the Rays in 2016 he could only hit .238. He did show his stolen base speed with 33 stolen bases in 42 attempts. Last year he was only 4 for 8.

It appears he has found his stolen base speed in Australia, but has now added a little power to his game. Whether that power can continue in the United States is open to question. Coming into this year it was felt his lack of power would limit him to a fourth outfielder role. Now that prediction is open to interpretation as he enters his 2018 season with possibly one of the best offensive seasons in Australian baseball history.

Japan Retains Number One Ranking in Baseball

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The United States earned more points than any other country in 2017 but it was not enough to surpass Japan for the number one ranking. For the third year in a row Japan is the number one ranked country in baseball. They earned the second most points in baseball last year and now lead the United States by 244 points. The 2018 season will be difficult for the United States to surpass Japan since they are not participating in the Under 23 Baseball World Cup in Nicaragua in October, one of the two tournaments that hand out the most points for the 2018 season. In a couple weeks the rankings could shuffle as points from 2014 expire, but if the United States should surpass Japan because of subtracted points their reign will be short.

Below are the top 12 teams in baseball, plus number 13 waiting to crack into the top 12. The top 12 teams will qualify for the Premier 12, which is the third most prestigious baseball tournament after the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic.

1. Japan (5658 points)
2. United States (5414 points)
3. Korea (4950 points)
4. Taiwan (3808 points)
5. Cuba (3677 points)
6. Mexico (3012 points)
7. Australia (2634 points)
8. Netherlands (2377 points)
9. Venezuela (2363 points)
10. Canada (2142 points)
11. Puerto Rico (1827 points)
12. Italy (1686 points)

13. Nicaragua (1636 points)

Hamburger Takes Tough Loss in Australia Despite Record 16 K’s

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

At 30 years of age his best days are behind him, but that does not stop him from making memories for the present. Yesterday would have been a great memory if he had not taken the loss. Mark Hamburger pitched his second complete game of the year, striking out 16 batters but lost the game 2-0. The strikeouts were the most recorded in an Australian baseball game.

The Canberra Cavalry, who had given up 32 runs in their final game last weekend found the right pitcher to start this weekend series with Brian Grening tossing a three hit shutout against the Melbourne Aces. He was not as dominant as Hamburger but he went nine innings allowing only one real baserunner. In back to back games the Cavalry break Australian records, first for their pitchers giving up the most runs in a game and next for their hitters striking out the most in a game. At least they recorded one win.

Buddy Reed legged out a double to lead off the game, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. He made it 1-0, scoring on a David Kandilas ground ball to short. It appeared this would be the last run of the game but David Kandilas slugged a two out homer in the top of the ninth to notch an insurance run.

Melbourne had trouble keeping runners on base. Delmon Young got the first hit in the fourth with a two out single but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. The fifth and sixth innings saw their two baserunners get thrown out stealing. The last and only baserunner led off the seventh with a single but was stranded.

In the 8th the Aces were retired in order. They had their coach and manager ejected to begin the bottom of the ninth, perhaps a little upset with all the baserunners thrown out at second. Grening was not deterred retiring the Aces in order to finish the game in one hour and 51 minutes, the shortest game in Australian history. That had to be a welcome relief from the more than three hour 32-10 loss Calgary experienced last weekend.

Heat Melts the Calgary 32-10

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Yes. This was a baseball game. In Australia. The Perth Heat took advantage of 13 Canberra Calvary walks and 6 errors to break the Australian record for runs scored with 32. The old record had been held by the Adelaide Bite when they scored 23 back in 2014 when most in the United States were celebrating Halloween. Scary thought. Because Perth was the home team they scored the 32 runs in just eight innings.

The Cavalry actually outhomered the Heat four dingers to two. But the Cavalry were down 17-0 after two innings. Jonathan Mottay, who pitched for France in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier made a forgetful debut in the Australian League coughing up 11 runs in one inning. He faced five batters in the 11 run second inning but could not get anyone out. Every pitcher who appeared for the Cavalry walked at least one hitter, though Michael Click did not allow a run in his one inning of work and Kyle Perkins came in from right field and retired two hitters without allowing a run. He was the second position player to pitch, with David Kandilas starting the inning and retiring only one hitter in the eighth while giving up four runs.

The Perth Heat had every player in the starting lineup score at least two runs, drive in a run and contribute at least one hit. Ulrich Bojarski, who contributed the least number of hits with one was tied with Garrett Whitley for scoring the most runs with five. He walked four times. Jesse Williams, who batted last in the order led the team in RBIs with six while Jake Fraley was second on the team with five. Jake drove in three runs in the sixth inning with one of the two Heat homeruns.

Perth finds themselves in second place in the Australian League. They play next weekend against the last place Adelaide Bite, inching up on the first place Brisbane Bandits who are half a game ahead of them. Perth has a league leading batting average of .302 with their 193 runs 37 more than their closest pursuer the Bandits. Surprisingly, Calgary is second in ERA at 5.32 behind the Brisbane Bandits who lead in ERA at 3.78. It appears the Australian League is using the spiced up major league ball.

Australian League Opener

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The Australian Baseball League had its league opener across the waters between the Brisbane Bandits and the Canberra Cavalry. The Bandits stole the game with four runs in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie and ultimately win the game 8-5.

Logan Wade strung together two hits to drive in two runs to lead the Bandits. He hit a two run homer in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3. His two run single in the seventh drove in the first two runs of the inning to break a 4-4 tie. Catcher Adam Weisenburger drove in the other two runs in the inning with a single. Canberra pitchers walked three hitters in the inning, one of them intentionally.

David Kandilas smashed a two run homer for the cavalry in the fourth to give Canberra a 3-1 lead. Robbie Perkins delivered a solo shot in the 8th to close out the scoring for the Cavalry. T.J. Bennett hit a solo shot in the fifth for Brisbane to give the Bandits a brief 4-3 lead.