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Women’s World Cup Results - Day Two and Three

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Pool play was completed and the one surprise is the United States elimination from the super round.

Day Two

United States 2 Taiwan 1

The United States scraped out a victory over Taiwan, a two run homer by Megan Baltzwell proving the difference. Marti Sementelli limited the Taiwan bats to four hits and one run for the first six innings and Jade Gortarez retired the side in order in the seventh to pick up the save.

Korea 4 Cuba 3

The host country scored three in the sixth to steal a victory over Cuba. Sel Yang Lee collected three hits in three at bats to drive in one run to help Korea secure the victory.

Venezuela 18 Pakistan 1

A 10 run first inning spelled doom for the Pakistanis. The Venezuelans emptied their bench after that.

Japan 12 Netherlands 0

Japan spanked the Netherlands, three different pitchers limiting the Dutch hitters to one hit in five innings. Mana Taguchi drove in four runs to lead the offense.

Canada 18 India 4

Canada scored 7 in the first inning and 9 in the fifth to put this game out of reach. Daniella Matteucci blasted three doubles to drive in two and score three times to fuel the Canadian offense. Katie Hagen survived a rough start, giving up three runs in the opening frame, but worked the full five innings to get the win.

Australia 13 Hong Kong 0

Australia easily handled Hong Kong scoring in all five innings. Kim McMillan went five innings to get the shut out.

Day 3

Australia 10 United States 2

The Aussies punished the United States team for 14 hits in their surprise win, knocking the United States out of the super round. Tammy McMillan sported the big bat with two hits and a sacrifice fly to drive in four runs. Abbey Kelly was two outs away from a complete game victory before running into trouble in the seventh.

Cuba 15 Pakistan 0

Cuba got their first win stealing 19 bases in their four turns at bat. Yadira Boffil completed the five inning one hit shutout.

Japan 18 India 0

Japan scored crooked numbers in all four of their at bats. Miki Atsugase and Yukiko Kawabata each scored four runs in the rout. Kawabata also drove in four runs with her two doubles. Yurika Arisaka also drove in four runs and slammed the second homerun of the tournament.

Canada 7 Netherlands 1

Nicole Luchanski doubles twice and adds a triple to drive in two and score three runs to lead the Canadians to victory. Kelsey Lalor also drives in three runs with a triple. Amanada Asay went the full seven innings to get the win.

Taiwan 13 Hong Kong 3

Taiwan rolled over Hong Kong, Chia Wen Shen scampering for two triples to drive in two and score three from the lead off spot. Pei Jung Lin also added a triple to drive in three.

Venezuela 12 Korea 1

Venezuela sent their hosts down to their first defeat, putting the game away with a six run fourth. Osmari Garcia drove in four runs with her two hits.

Final standings after the first three days of pool play, top two teams advancing to the super round.

Group A

Venezuela (3-0), Korea (2-1), Cuba (1-2), Pakistan (0-3)

Group B

Japan (3-0), Canada (2-1), Netherlands (1-2), India (0-3)

Group C

Taiwan (2-1), Australia (2-1), United States (2-1), Hong Kong (0-3)

The teams advancing to the super round:

Taiwan (1-0), Japan (1-0), Venezuela (1-0), Australia (0-1), Canada (0-1), Korea (0-1)

The loss by Taiwan to the United States was negated when the United States did not advance to the super round. Only the results of the teams advancing to the super round count in the super round standings.

Women’s World Cup Results - Day One

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

The women began their baseball World Cup in Korea yesterday. The United States and Japan won their openers.

Japan 8 Canada 2

Canada jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but by scoring in the final five innings of the seven inning game Japan pulled out the victory. Leadoff hitter Ayako Rokaku scored three times on three hits from the lead off spot. She also stole three bases. Lori Miura stole five bases on two hits and two walks. Ayami Sato threw a complete game striking out 11.

United States 9 Hong Kong 1

The United States team scored early with six in the first two frames to rock Hong Kong. Malaika Underwood collected three hits to score three runs to lead the offense. She also stole three bases. Tamara Holmes connected for two doubles in three at bats to drive in two. Three different pitchers limited the Hong Kong gals to one hit.

Netherlands 9 India 3

Netherlands could only muster four hits, but eight walks assisted their offense. Sascha Egas drove in four runs collecting three of the four Dutch hits.

Korea 10 Pakistan 0

Yu-Ka Bae smashed three hits in three at bats to drive in two to lead Korea to an easy opening victory for the hosts.

Venezuela 12 Cuba 0

The Cuban women are not as strong as the men in their baseball skills and Venezuela took advantage of that, clobbering them in a game shortened to five innings. Astrid Rodriguez banged out three hits from the lead off spot and Ingrid Escobar scored three runs to lead the offense. Josefina Cuman finished with a complete game one hitter.

Taiwan 12 Australia 4

The Aussies usually bring a strong women’s baseball team but Taiwan put this game away with five in the seventh. Chia Hui Yang drove in three runs with two doubles in two at bats to help the Taiwan cause. Chia Wen Shen and Ya Ting Wen each scored three runs.

2017 WBC Pools Announced

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Below are the pools for the 2017 WBC held in March. The United States will have a tough haul to advance, placed in the same pool as the defending champion Dominican Republic.

Pool A (Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome March 7-10)

Australia, China, Cuba and Japan

Pool B (Seoul at Gocheok Skydome March 7-10)

Taiwan, South Korea, Netherlands (and winner of final WBC qualifier between Great Britain, Pakistan, Israel and Brazil)

Pool C (Miami at Marlins Park March 9-12)

Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic and United States

Pool D (Guadalajara, Mexico at Estadio Charros de Jalisco March 9-12)

Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

Second Round

Pool E (March 12-15 in Tokyo at Tokyo Dome)

Pool A winner and runner up and Pool B winner and runner up

Pool F (March 14 - 18 in San Diego at Petco Park)

Pool C winner and runner up and Pool D winner and runner up

Semifinals (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 20-21)

Pool F winner versus Pool E runner up and Pool E winner versus Pool F runner up

Championship (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 22)

Semifinal 1 winner versus semifinal 2 winner

Little League World Series - Day 4

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Mexico 7 Canada 1

Mexico bounced out Canada from the Little League World Series. Jose Angel Leal and Milton Gonzalez each drove in two runs to lead the Mexican offense. Victor Juarez struck out seven in his three innings of work to hold the Canadian offense down.

Australia 2 Caribbean (Curacao) 1

Clayton Campbell quieted the Curacao bats, going six innings and striking out 14 to keep the Aussies hopes alive for a Little League championship. Curacao has now been eliminated. Stephen Courtney and Mathew Clements drove in the runs for Australia.

Midwest (Iowa) 3 New England (Rhode Island) 2

Iowa stayed alive rallying for two runs in the final frame to eliminate Rhode Island. Kaiden Dinh drove in two runs to lead the Iowa team to victory. Colin Lemieux took a heart breaking loss. He could not finish it off in the sixth, going 5.1 innings and striking out 13.

Southeast (Tennessee) 4 West (Chula Vista) 2

It took seven innings but Tennessee pulled it out to eliminate Chula Vista.

Little League World Series - Day 3

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The Sunday games were rained out but they played a series of games on Monday. Below is a summary of those games:

Latin America (Panama) 3 Australia 2

Brent Iredale tied the game at 2-2 driving in two runs in the top of the sixth. Panama scored a run in the bottom frame to win it 3-2. Esmith Pineda was dominant with his 11 whiffs in just five innings of work. Australia finally got their bats working when Panama went to the bullpen in the top of the sixth. Panama is undefeated while Australia was handed their first loss.

Asia- Pacific (Korea) 10 Canada 0

Korea remained undefeated with a hammering of Canada in a game shortened to five innings because of the slaughter rule. Jung-taek Ru drove in four runs to lead the offense and Tou-Bin Choi was about as dominant as you can be from the mound, striking out all 8 hitters he faced.

Mid-Atlantic (New York) 3 Southeast (Tennessee) 1

New York scored two first inning runs that proved to be the difference in the game, Ryan Harlost driving in two runs to give them the victory. Michael Mancini struck out 13, falling two outs short of the six innings to throw a complete game. New York is 2-0 while Tennessee suffered their first loss.

Great Lakes (Kentucky) Midwest (Iowa) 4

Kentucky erupted for 11 runs in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie to stay undefeated after the first two games. For Iowa they suffered their first loss. Spencer Newman spanked out four hits to drive in four runs to lead the offense.

Little League World Series Summary

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

The Little League World Series got underway over the weekend. Below is a summary of the games.

Latin America (Panama) 10 Mexico 2

Panama put the game away with five runs in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez and Esmith Pineda each drove in three runs to lead the Panama offense. Gonzalez also retired the last five batters in the game.

Australia 3 Italy 1

Clayton Campbell pitched five innings of no hit shutout ball, striking out seven to lead Australia to a victory. He also drove in one run.

Canada 10 Japan 4

Japan was abused by a Canadian team that scored in every inning but the second. Loreto Siniscalchi struck out 13 hitters in his 5.2 innings to lead Canada.

Asia (Korea) 3 Caribbean (Curacao) 0

Korea struck early with two runs in the first and Jun-Ho Jeong pitched four innings of shutout ball, striking out 10 to get the win. Sang-Heon Park worked the last two innings to complete the shutout.

Mexico 12 Italy 7

It was a wild sixth inning with Mexico scoring 8 runs and Italy scoring 6 runs. Isaac Cortez and Alejandro Mar each drove in three runs for Mexico. Italy was eliminated from the tourney.

Curacao 2 Japan 1

Japan was eliminated by Curacao. Jaden Gosepa worked five innings to pick up the win and Nair Jamanika and Donovan Antonia each drove in a run for Curacao.

Mid Atlantic 7 New England 2

Ryan Harlost drove in four runs with the New York team scoring six runs in the first two innings to hammer out the victory.

Southeast 3 Northwest 2

Tennessee rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out their victory, Robert Carroll driving in two runs to get the victory. Zach Williams pitched all six innings to get the victory, striking out 9.

Midwest 5 West 1

The Chula Vista team scored the first run but Iowa rallied for the next five to beat the boys from California.

Great Lakes 11 Southwest 1

Not much of a game, only going five innings because of the 10 run slaughter rule.

New England 8 Northwest 0

Rhode Island eliminated Oregon, Kenny Rix driving in three runs and retiring the last five hitters to lead the victory.

West 5 Southwest 0

Chula Vista eliminated San Antonio, Victor Lizarraga throwing a complete game five hit shutout.

Little League World Series Participants

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Below will be the participants for the Little League World Series. Only the Great Lakes region has yet to be decided.

International

Asia Pacific - East Seoul Little League
Australia - Hills Little League in Sydney
Canada - Hastings Community in Vancouver
Caribbean - Pariba Little League in Curacao
Europe/Africa - Emilia Little League in Emilia, Italy
Japan - Chofu Little League in Tokyo
Latin America - Aguadulce Cabezera Little League in Aguadulce, Panama
Mexico - Nicolas Little League in Nuevo Leon

United States

Great Lakes - Undecided
Mid-Atlantic - Maine Endwell Little League in Endwell, New York
Midwest - Johnston Little League in Johnston, Iowa
New England - Warwick North Little League in Warwick, Rhode Island
Northwest - Bend North Little League in Bend Oregon
Southeast - Goodettsville Baseball Little League in Goodetsville, Tennessee
Southwest - McAllister Park American in San Antonio, Texas
West - Park View Little League in Chula Vista, California

Future Rosters Announced

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The United States team has dominated this event the last couple years. Myworld will list the international players and identify their country of birth. There are some interesting countries that have not normally been represented in Futures Games. Dominican Republic has the most players while Venezuela was restricted to two and one of those players went to high school in the United States. Despite all the signings Cuba only has one player here.

Pitchers

Jharel Cotton (Virgin Islands), Chih-Wei Hu (Taiwan), Joe Jimenez (Puerto Rico), Adalberto Mejia (Dom Rep), Dovydas Neverauskas (Lithuania), Ricardo Pinto (Venezuela), Alex Reyes (Dominican Republic), Francisco Rios (Mexico), Dylan Unsworth (South Africa)

Catchers

Francisco Mejia (Dominican Republic), Gary Sanchez (Dominican Republic)

Infielders

Willy Adames (Dominican Republic), Carlos Asuaje (Venezuela), Jeimor Candelario (Dominican Republic), Ronald Guzman (Dominican Republic), Dilson Herrera (Colombia), Jorge Mateo (Dominican Republic), Yoan Moncada (Cuba), Josh Naylor (Canada)

Outfielders

Jorge Bonafacio (Dominican Republic), Eloy Jimenez (Dominican Republic), Manuel Margot (Dominican Republic), Tyler O’Neil (Canada), Raimel Tapia (Dominican Republic)

Top Ten Baseball World Rankings

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) has come out with their baseball rankings. Below myworld has listed the top ten in these rankings. Korea moved up as a result of their winning the Premier 12. Cuba has dropped with many of their players leaving for the United States and hopes for major league success.

The rankings take into account results of many of the youth tournaments organized by the WBSC. You can take a look at the full rankings at the link below. The 2014 ranking is listed within the parenthesis.

1. Japan (1) - 5154 points
2. United States (2) - 5091
3. Taiwan (4) - 4702
4. Korea (8) - 4641
5. Cuba (3) - 3727
6. Venezuela (10) - 2833
7. Mexico (12) - 2792
8. Canada (7) - 2659
9. Italy (11) - 2297
10. Netherlands (5) - 2096

Baseball rankings

Top Ten Minor League Prospects from Canada

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

It can sometimes get a little cold in Canada, making hockey the sport of choice for many Canadians. There are a few oddballs from the north that ignore the call of the stick and puck and find the bat and ball the more attractive options. Dalton Pompey was the number two pick on this list last year and he graduated to the major leagues. There were three Canadians selected in the first two rounds of the major league draft last year and they have found their names on the current list, as well as a player that should have been selected earlier in the draft. They were able to squeeze onto the list because of off years by players who made the list last year. Out with the old and in with the new.

This is one of the more impressive top ten lists myworld has put together for Canada. Normally, we have to scramble to find a player from Canada to fill the list three or four to make the top ten and it is usually a journeyman player who has no hope for a major league career. This year we had at least 15 players to chose from when making this top ten, but we picked the ten we felt the most worthy.

1. Josh Naylor OF (Marlins) - Many thought the Marlins had reached when they selected Josh in the first round. Miami liked his power. At 6′0″ he does not remind you too much of Giancarlo Stanton until he sends balls into orbit far over the outfield fences. Josh was drafted with the 12th overall pick, making him the highest drafted Canadian position player, surpassing Brett Lawrie who was drafted with the 16th pick. Josh played for Team Canada in the 18U tournament, leading all players with 15 hits and clubbing three homeruns. His speed precludes too much time spent in the outfield so expect him to settle at first base. For a power hitter he showed a good ability to make contact, hitting .327 with just 11 whiffs in 25 games. He’s still three or four years from the major leagues, so it will take time before he finds himself in the same lineup as Giancarlo, but once he arrives the duo could put on a pretty impressive batting practice display.

2. Jameson Taillon RHP (Pirates) - After the Pirates selected Taillon with the second pick in the 2010 draft many said they preferred him over the first pick, Bryce Harper. Harper has won an MVP. Injuries have prevented Taillon from making his major league debut. Tommy John surgery and a hernia forced Taillon to miss two seasons in a row. Prior to the injuries his fastball could hit the high 90s and he had a nice break to the curveball. Tommy John can lesson the break on the curveball and tame the velocity readings on the fastball. The last time he played in 2012 he got six starts in AAA. After missing two years the Pirates may start him slow at Altoona and have him progress his way to the major leagues. If he does well a September callup would not be a surprise, depending on his innings count. The Pirates will keep a close eye on his work load. Jameson pitched for Canada in the 2013 WBC, his eligibility coming from his parents birth in Canada.

3. Tyler O’Neil OF (Mariners) - The California League has inflated many a players batting stats. Tyler jumped out into the scene with a nice 32 homer output for Bakersfield, 19 more homeruns than he hit his previous year. The red flag for his season should be the .260 average and his 29/137 walk to whiff ratio. The 32 homeruns is pretty impressive when you consider he missed a couple weeks of the season to play for Canada in the Pan Am games, his three homeruns contributing to the gold medal in their win over the United States. In addition to the power Tyler also stole 16 bases in 21 attempts. He is not a burner on the bases but he has enough speed to cover ground in the outfield and a strong enough arm to fit in right field. Expect a promotion to AA this year with his production a good measuring stick of his future performance with the Mariners.

4. Demi Orimaloye OF (Brewers) - Demi could be the steal of the draft. Born in Nigeria if myworld had enough African players to make a top ten list he would be on top with Gift Ngoepe a close second. Because there is no African list Demi will have to settle for fourth on the Canadian list. Demi has five tool potential. His bat generates easy power, he has the speed to cover ground in centerfield and an arm that would not discourage a shift to right field. At 6′4″ with an athletic frame all he needs to do is learn to make better contact. A 3/19 walk to whiff ratio is evidence of his impatience at the plate, though he hit .292 with six homeruns in 33 games, stealing 19 bases. Demi also played for the 18U Canadian team but he did not make an impact like Naylor. Next year he should make his debut in a full season league.

5. Mike Soroka RHP (Braves) - The Braves made Soroka a first round pick in 2015. Unlike many United States pitchers drafted in the first round who can hit the radar guns consistently in the mid-90s, Soroka is not as overpowering, working in the low 90s. What makes the pitch so effective is the command he has for hitting the corners and forcing weak contact. At 6′4″ he also has a large frame that gives him an intimidating delivery when his arms come down towards the plate. In his rookie league debut he was able to start 9 games, limiting the opposition to a .246 average and striking out 9.8 hitters per nine innings. Next year he should start the season in Low A.

6. Gareth Morgan OF (Mariners) - Gareth was a second round pick in the 2014 draft. A year behind Tyler he could one day share the same outfield with him, giving the Mariners two Canadians in their outfield. At 6′4″ Gareth has an intimidating presence at the plate. If pitchers spied his batting practice homeruns they would avoid giving him any pitches to hit. The batting practice clouts have not transferred to the field yet with his swing and miss struggles restricting his power potential. The last two years have been spent in short season where he has hit .194 with a .329 slugging percentage and 162 whiffs in 100 games. Not fleet afoot, Gareth will be restricted to a corner outfield. The Mariners may want to challenge him and give him a shot in a full season league. If he struggles they can always demote him to short season, but at this point in his game he needs at bats to improve his ability to make contact.

7. Nick Pivetta RHP (Phillies) - Nick was drafted in the fourth round by the Nationals in the 2013 draft. The Phillies were more than happy to depart with Jonathan Papelbon to acquire Pivetta. At 6′5′ he could probably put on a pretty good choke hold on any player. His fastball can hit the mid-90s but Nick has little clue what part of the plate the ball will cross, if it is even in the strike zone, walking close to six hitters per nine innings pitched. Last year he struggled in AA, both at Harrisburg and Reading with ERAs over 7.20 in ten starts. The opposition hit him at an average close to .300. The Phillies will probably have him return to AA, perhaps moving him to the bullpen to see if that adds a few ticks to his fastball velocity. He does have the repertoire to start with a curve, slider and change, but if he can’t find the plate the bullpen would be his best address.

8. Tom Robson RHP (Blue Jays) - Tom was a fourth round pick in 2011. Tommy John surgery has prevented him from rising up the farm system, with Low A his highest affiliation. He has a fastball/change combination but lacks a breaking pitch to survive in the starting rotation. Though he has been a starter in his minor league career the most innings he has thrown in one year is the 64 innings he threw his first year. The two seasons he has pitched in Low A the opposition has raked him for a .300 plus clip. He also has had issues finding the plate walking between four and five hitters per nine innings. If he fails to develop a breaking pitch expect a move to the bullpen. A third season in Low A is probably best for his development, allowing him to have some success before seeing High A.

9. Jeff Degano LHP (Yankees) - The Yankees drafted Jeff in the second round of the 2015 draft. His ability to throw lefthanded with the radar guns reading his fastball in the mid-90s perhaps inflated his draft position. Lefthanders in the New York Penn League did not find him that difficult to hit, raking him for a .333 average, but in limited at bats. Jeff did miss two seasons of college ball as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. At 24 years of age to begin the 2016 season expect the Yankees to challenge him with a stint in Low A.

10. Kellin Deglan C (Rangers) - A number of bad years from four players led to three of them dropping from this list. Kellin remained at the tenth position despite a .236 average in the California League. What keeps him here is his ability to hit the ball over the fence (13 homeruns). Two years ago he broke the Australia League record for homeruns in a season with 16. He also made the roster for the Canadian Premier 12 and Pan Am team. The Rangers traded Jorge Alfaro to the Phillies and have no one in their system including the major league roster that they can call a premier catcher. So the opportunity is there if Kellin can improve on his defense and his ability to throw out baserunners.

2015 top ten Canadian prospects