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Canada and Korea Get Opening Day Win

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Two shutouts to begin pool play in Korea. The hosts blanked Australia 5-0 and Canada did the same to the punchless Cuban offense 3-0.

Hyeon-Jeong Yang was masterful for 6 innings, giving up just one hit and striking out 10. Three different relievers completed the one hit shutout. The Korean pitchers did not walk one hitter. Robert Glendinning got the lone hit for Australia, chopping an infield hit to the shortstop in the fourth.

The Korean bats lashed out seven hits and elicited eight base on balls. Jung-Hoo Lee, Kyoung-min Hur and Hyun-soo Kim each contributed two hits and one RBI to lead the offense.

Phillipe Aumont completed eight innings of two hit shutout ball to lead Canada over Cuba 3-0. Scott Mathieson finished the shutout by striking out the side in the ninth. The Cuban sluggers Alfredo Despaigne and Yurisbel Gracial, who play for the champion Hawks in the NPB, combined to go 0 for 8 and 6 strikeouts.

Eric Wood scored twice on two hits to lead the offense. The game inched along at 1-0 through seven. Cuba brought in their ace reliever Livan Moinelo for the 8th. He hit the leadoff batter, gave up a single to Wood and after a sacrifice, intentionally walked Charles LeBlanc. Moinelo got the second out on a popup to short left, but then back to back walks forced in a couple to increase the score to 3-0.

The best Cuba could do is get a runner to second. Not once did the Cubans get a runner to visit their third base coach.

Cuban Roster for Premier 12

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

If they could use major leaguers who have defected it would be a pretty impressive roster, but not even the United States or any other country can use players on major league rosters, so it would be a moot point. Myworld has not followed the Cuban Nacional Series as we did earlier because of time commitments and the massive defections have made the league a bit less interesting. This team is a mixture of veterans who are too old to defect, players like Livan Moinelo, Alfredo Despaigne and Yurisbel Gracial, who play under contract in the NPB and other players unfamiliar to myworld who we assume are younger players not yet defecting to the United States for the big bucks. They will be playing in Korea against Korea, Australia and Canada.

Pitchers

Carlos Juan Viera (Las Tunas), Yosimar Cousin (Camaguey), Yariel Rodriguez (Camaguey), Livan Moinelo (Pinar del Rio), Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila), Vladimir Banos (Habana), Yoenni Yera (Matanzas), Lazara Blanco (Granma), Freddy Alvarez (Villa Clara), Framk Madan (Camaguey), Raidel Martinez (Pinar del Rio), Andy Rodriguez (Habana), Yudiel Rodriguez (Las Tunas)

Catcher

Ariel Martinez (Matanzas), Yunior Ibarra (Sancti Spiritus), Yosvany Alarcon (Las Tunas)

Infielders

William Saavedra (Pinar del Rio), Yordanis Samon (Habana), Raul Gonzalez (Ciego de Avila), Alexander Ayala (Camaguey), Cesar Prieto (Cienfuegos), Pavel Quesada (Cienfuegos), Erisbe Arruebarruena (Matanzas)

Outfielders

Roel Santos (Granma), Oscar Colas (Santiago), Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spiritus), Yurisbel Graical (Matanzas), Alfredo Despaigne (Granma)

Both Frederich Cepeda and Alfredo Despaigne are professional hitters whose best position is DH. One of those two will have to play the field.

Puerto Rico Wins Pan Am Games

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Puerto Rico won the Pan Am Games, defeating Canada 6-1 in the finals. The United States did not participate in the games, choosing to focus on the Premier 12 games to be played in Tokyo. Other teams that participated in the Games - The host Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua. For Puerto Rico it was their first Pan Am Gold, defeating the two time defending champs Canada. The poor hosts, Peru, were the only team that did not win a game.

Giovanni Soto got the start and the win for Puerto Rico in the gold medal game. Chris Leroux took the loss for Canada. Jorge Padilla drove in the first run for Puerto Rico with a double. Brahiam Maldonado went deep with a solo shot in the sixth and Edwin Gomez closed out the scoring for Puerto Rico with a two run single in the seventh.

Nicaragua, Colombia, Canada and Puerto Rico all qualified to play in an Olympic qualifier. Cuba had a rough tournament, only winning one game. They had a tough 10 inning loss to the Dominican Republic that was tied 1-1 after regulation time. When they scored 8 in the 10th it appeared they had the game won, but the Dominican Republic scored nine in the 10th to win it.

Puerto Rico won a tight 2-1 game against the Dominican Republic that went 10 innings and then two days later they beat Colombia 2-1. They finished the tournament undefeated.

Nicaragua shutout Colombia in the bronze medal game 6-0. During pool play Colombia had defeated Nicaragua 11-1.

Awards for the Under 12 World Cup

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Below are the awards issued for the Under 12 World Cup.

MVP - Chen Kai-Sheng (Taiwan) - .471 batting average, 3-0, 1.32 ERA

The All World Team:

Catcher - Shinsuke Kuwamoto (Japan) - .625, 11 RBIs and six doubles
First Base - Christian Saez (Cuba) - .522, 10 runs scored, 14 RBIs and four homeruns
Second Base - Kazuki Takahata (Japan) - .571
Shortstop - Johan Rodriguez (Cuba) - .483, 12 runs scored and six doubles
Third Base - Huang Tien-Szu (Taiwan) - .567, 14 runs scored, 21 RBIs and three triples
Left Field - Chiang Tsung-Chun (Taiwan) - .552, 15 runs scored, 11 RBIs and seven stolen bases
Center Field - Alejandro Prieto (Cuba) - .583, 14 runs scored, 11 RBIs, seven stolen bases and six doubles
Right Field - Tae-Ho Lee (Korea) - .455, 11 RBIs and six stolen bases
Designated Hitter - Leonel Dominguez (Venezuela) - .550, 13 RBIs and six homeruns

Starting Pitcher - Chen Kai-Sheng (Taiwan)
Relief Pitcher - Sakumi Aoki (Japan) - 2-1, 0.69

The most outstanding defensive player was Rui Akazawa (Japan)

Taiwan Under 12 World Champion

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

In the first Under 12 World Championship Taiwan was the winner but the United States did not participate. In the next three events the United States participated and Taiwan took second. It may have been better for Taiwan to have beaten the United States for the World Championship, but beating Japan was a second best option. The United States team failed to qualify for the Super Round eliminating their opportunity to defend their championship.

Taiwan relied on Kai-Sheng Chen to pitch five innings of three hit shutout ball before turning it over to Cheng-Yu Lin to close the game out in the final frame. Chen also showed some mastery with the bat hitting a solo homerun in the top of the sixth to close out the scoring for Taiwan. He finished the game with two hits and two runs scored.

Taiwan scored their first runs in the third on RBI singles from Tien-Szu Huang and Ting-Yi Jiang. Hung-Jen Yeh contributed a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Japan’s best opportunity for scoring came in the fifth when two singles and a stolen base put runners on second and third with two out. Chen was able to get the strikeout to end the inning. In the fifth two Taiwan errors put runners on second and third with one out. Chen was up to the task again getting out of the inning with two whiffs. He finished the game with five strikeouts.

After the win the blue ticker tape that can trap you like a spider’s web rained down upon the crowd.

Cuba 2 Korea 1

Cuba came on strong at the end and beat Korea for a second time to take the bronze. A two run homerun by Christian Saez in the first were the only runs Cuba needed to get the victory. Alejandro Prieto pitched 5.1 innings of one run ball to get the win. An error in the third, two stolen bases and a wild pitch resulted in Korea’s only run. Cuba called on Boris Sarduy to get the last two outs in the sixth inning.

For Cuba it is their first medal in the under 12 since 2011 when they finished second. For Japan the silver medal finish was their highest placement. In 2013 they took the bronze medal. Mexico, Venezuela and Nicaragua are other bronze winners.

Taiwan and Japan to Play in Under 12 Championship

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Japan and Taiwan advance to the championship. Cuba got hot late, winning their last four games, but their two early losses against Japan and Taiwan eliminated them. As expected, three time champion United States won the lower round. They were upset by Venezuela and Mexico to be left out of the Super Round.

Cuba 10 Korea 8

Cuba rallied for six runs in the last two innings, while Korea could only score two runs to pull out the win and ultimately eliminate Korea from the finals. Christian Saez clubbed a big two run homer in the third but his biggest hit was his two run single in the sixth that broke a 7-7 tie. He finished the game going 4 for 4 with three runs scored and four runs driven in. Alejandro Pena scored three times for Cuba on a 2 for 3 day with one walk.

Japan 8 Korea 7

Both teams were tied at 5-5 after regulation. Korea scored two runs in the seventh after an error. The Korean bullpen was unable to retire a Japanese hitter in the home half and went on to win it. Shinsuke Kuwamoto drove in three runs for Japan to be the hitting star. Their big bat Shosei Takahashi pitched a scoreless sixth and drove in two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game. He ended up scoring the game winning run.

Taiwan 14 Venezuela 6

The home plate umpire was from Korea so the 9 walks by Venezuelan pitchers could not be blamed on home umpiring. Taiwan scored all their runs in two innings, the third and fourth, while Venezuela took an early 6-0 lead scoring three each in the first and second innings. Hung-Jen Yeh drove in three runs from the lead off spot with a three run double in the fourth while Chen-An Kuo drove in three runs in the third with a three run homer. Yan-Chang Yu was able to quiet the Venezuelan bats, pitching four shutout innings while striking out nine.

Mexico 8 Japan 3

Once Japan had defeated Korea they had already qualified for the championship. Mexico was playing against bench players and scored all eight of their runs in the last three innings to earn the victory, taking advantage of the Japanese bullpen.

The United States crushed Czech Republic 15-0 and then beat South Africa 18-0 to win the lessor round. Czech Republic was limited to one hit in their game while South Africa could not get a hit against United States pitching.

Cuba and Korea will battle for third place in a rematch of yesterday’s game. Japan and Taiwan will play for the championship.

Super Round Day 2 World Cup Under 12

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Cuba and Taiwan keep winning but for Cuba it may be too late to play in the championship with two losses. Two teams have to be upset for that to happen and then they have to win the tie breaker. The big game Korea and Japan got rained out after three innings but Korea was pulling the upset, with a 4-1 lead. Japan does not have a loss while both Korea and Taiwan have one loss. It could turn into a three way tie for first or a three way tie for second where one or two teams could be eliminated by a tie breaker.

Cuba 5 Venezuela 4

Venezuela pitchers got a bit wild with four walks (one intentionally to load the bases) to allow the winning run to walk in for the game winner in the bottom of the sixth. In the second Venezuelan pitchers walked the first two hitters they faced and both scored on a Yeison Acosta double. Another walk in the fifth scored after a two run single by Alejandro Prieto. Venezuela pitchers walked seven and four scored.

Leonel Dominguez of Venezuela woke from his slumber. Leonel hit homeruns in four of his first five at bats in his first two games, but the bat has been relatively quiet since. He woke up a bit yesterday with a two run shot in the first and a solo bomb in the sixth that tied the game at 4-4. Johan Fernandez also went deep for Venezuela in the fourth.

Johan Rodriguez went the full six innings for Cuba to get the win. He also drew the final walk that forced in the game winning run.

Taiwan 11 Mexico 1

Taiwan knocked Mexico out of championship considerations. A nine run fourth fueled by three walks and two hit by pitches put the game out of reach. Yi-Rui Wu smoked a two run double and Kai-Sheng Chen smacked a two run single to contribute the big hits in the fifth inning. Chen-An Kuo pitched a complete game to get the win.

The lower round had the two second round leaders the United States and the Czech Republic squaring off. The United States had an 11-0 lead in the game after two when the rains came. The game will resume today with the United States ahead 11-0.

Under 12 World Cup - Day One of Super Round - Korea Upset

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

All the teams in the super round got the day off except Korea. They had to make up a rain out from earlier in pool play, even though the results of the game meant nothing. Perhaps they were a bit tired on the first day of the Super Round as Taiwan pulled an upset. Most of the games in the Super Round will be more competitive.

Taiwan 9 Korea 3

Taiwan scored six in the first and had an 8-0 lead after two. In a six inning game that was too much for Korea to overcome. Tien-Szu Huang had a perfect 3 for 3 day for Taiwan, crossing the plate three times. Huang is now hitting .667 for the tournament with 11 runs scored. He was limited to just one RBI, giving him 18 for the tournament, driving in at least one run in five of the six games Taiwan has played.

Japan 4 Venezuela 1

Japan tamed the big bats of Venezuela. Five different pitchers were used to limit the Venezuelans to three hits. The Japanese pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts. Haru Kataoka got the big hit for Japan, driving in three in the second with his single.

Cuba 10 Mexico 0

Cuba disposed of Mexico pretty quickly, scoring runs in five of the six innings to seal the victory. Alejandro Prieto threw four shutout innings to claim the victory. Cuba got some big hits from Christian Saez, who finished the game 4 for 4 with a double and a homerun to drive in five of the ten Cuban runs.

In the lower grouping Australia won their first game beating South Africa 7-4. In the battle for Europe the Czech Republic prevailed with their 8-1 win over Italy. The United States did not have any trouble over Fiji, taking advantage of 10 walks and seven errors to win 28-0.

Standings of the Super Round After the first day of games. The top two teams will play for the championship.

Japan 3-0, Taiwan 2-1, Korea 2-1, Cuba 1-2, Mexico 1-2, Venezuela 0-3

Under 12 World Cup Day Five - Final Six Super Rounders Established

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

There will be a new champion. The three time defending champs were beaten by Mexico, eliminating them from advancing to the Super Round. They play undefeated Korea today, but the losses to Venezuela and Mexico, the two teams ahead of them in the standings were too much for them to recover. A win over Korea would leave them 3-2, tied with Venezuela, but the first tie breaker is head to head and Venezuela beat the United States earlier.

The teams advancing to the Super Round are Japan (5-0), Taiwan (4-1), Cuba (3-2), Korea (4-0), Mexico (4-1) and Venezuela (3-2). Each team will bring their losses with them to teams that advance to the Super Round. A loss by Korea to the United States will still leave them undefeated in the Super Round.

Mexico 2 United States 1

A win by the United States could have advanced them but they would still have had to beat Korea to prevent a three way tie breaker with Venezuela and Mexico. The United States could not solve Mexican pitcher Yustin Canizales, who pitched a complete game five hitter. He got into a bit of trouble in the fourth, giving up back to back singles to Lucas Tinajero and Josiah Hartshorn. A ground out advanced them to second and third and then a second ground out caught Tinajero out at the plate. A balk scored Hartshorn for the only run.

Yustin also helped himself with the bat, blasting a leadoff homerun in the first inning. In the third his RBI single put Mexico up 2-0. That was all the runs Mexico needed to seal the victory. The United States did get a runner to second on a walk and a balk in the sixth, the third balk called on Canizales in the game, but Canizales was able to get the third out of the game on a ground out.

Cuba 5 Czech Republic 0

In a game to determine who advances to the Super Round in Group A Cuba prevailed. Johan Rodriguez threw six innings of no hit ball, striking out nine to lead Cuba to the victory. Cuba scored their five runs early taking a 5-0 lead after three. Alejandro Prieto scored twice and drove in a run on a 2 for 3 performance. Both his hits were doubles.

Venezuela 13 Australia 0

Venezuela made sure they advanced, keeping the Aussies winless. Kennew and Jean Blanco combined for six of the Venezuelan 16 hits from the top two spots in the lineup. The Aussies could only muster one hit in the game.

Korea 11 Italy 0

Lead off hitter Dong-Hyeon Doo showed some pop, becoming the second player in this tournament to hit three homeruns in one game. Those three homeruns drove in six of Korea’s 11 runs. They were his first three homeruns of the tournament. Three different Korean pitchers combined for the five inning four hit shutout.

Japan 15 South Africa 0

Japan scored 10 in the first and the game was all but done. South Africa failed to get a hit in their four at bats. Kyonsuke Hayashi went deep for Japan, finishing the game 2 for 3 with two runs scored and three driven in. Shinsuke Kuwamoto was a homerun short of the cycle, finishing the game 3 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

Taiwan 32 Fiji 0

Fiji committed 11 errors. Tien-Szu Huang drove in seven runs with a double and two triples. Fiji did get one hit but that paled to the 23 by Taiwan. This was their first opportunity in the World Cup and they scored four runs in the tournament, giving up 147. Hopefully the kids will still bring back good memories that will motivate them to improve.

Under 12 World Cup Day 4 - One Thriller with Korean Win

Monday, July 29th, 2019

More blow outs. There was one big game with Korea beating Venezuela to stay undefeated. The rest of the games were decided by more than 10 runs. Below are the results from Day 4 of the Under 12 World Cup.

Korea 6 Venezuela 5

Korea is looking strong, remaining undefeated in the first round. A one out walk off homerun from Yee-Chan Park wins the game for Korea. Park finished the game 2 for 2 with a double, the walk off homerun and two runs scored. Park also walked with two outs in the second inning to ignite a four run rally that gave Korea an early 5-3 lead. Tae-Oh Lee got a clutch 2-run single in the inning to give Korea the lead. Venezuelan catcher Johan Fernandez hit a solo shot in the fifth to tie the game at 5-5. He has now homered in two consecutive games.

Mexico 21 Australia 2

Leadoff hitter Yustin Canizales went 5 for 5 with four doubles to lead Mexico to a blow out win over winless Australia. Jose Lavagnino drove in four runs with two doubles. For the game Mexico tallied 11 doubles out of their 26 hits. Javier Garcia threw almost three innings of perfect ball, striking out five. An error in the second allowed one runner to reach. Mexico ended the no hitter with two runs in the fourth, but behind by 19 runs the game was ended by the slaughter rule.

Japan 30 Fiji 0

Japan pitchers threw their third shutout in four games. Takuto Suzuki bashed two homeruns and drove in four in the rout. He ended the day a perfect 3 for 3 and is still batting 1.000 for the tournament, though that is only in four at bats. Another backup Hironosuke Namatame also went deep and drove in three runs. Lead off batter Shintaro Sakamoto and Yusei Izumi also drove in four runs. Japan only needed three innings to score their 30 runs.

United States 28 Italy 1

The United States only needed three at bats to put away Italy via the slaughter rule. Lucas Tinajero went deep twice, driving in four and Rashad Hayes went deep once and drove in four to lead the United States offense.

Cuba 13 South Africa 0

This was the second closest game of the day. Alejandro Prieto drove in six runs with two blasts and Christian Saez hit a solo shot to lead the Cuban offense. Three Cuban pitchers held the South Africans hitless, striking out 9.

Taiwan 16 Czech Republic 0

Taiwan ended the Czechs two game winning streak. Tien-Szu Huang and Yan-Cheng Yu each went deep in the rout, combining for 5 RBIs. Tsung-Chun Chiang was the big bat with his four runs driven in. He also went 4 for 4 with four stolen bases. It is his second 4 for 4 game and he is now batting .643 for the tournament.