Archive for the 'Tournaments, Other' Category

SriLanka Wins West Asia Tournament

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

It turned into a five team tournament when the Indian baseball team could not obtain visas in time to travel to Pakistan to play in the tournament. Sri Lanka then surprised the competition, going undefeated including a 4-2 win over Pakistan. Pakistan has traditionally had an easy time with this tournament, winning the last four.

Sri Lanka had an easy time defeating Iran 22-0, then rolled over Nepal 11-0. The game against Pakistan was tied 2-2 until the bottom of the eighth when Sri Lanka scored two runs to give them the victory. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka are eligible to compete in the Asian Baseball Championship held in New Taipei City in September. Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines are the six other teams who have qualified for the tournament.

Iran won a slugfest over Nepal 10-6 to finish in third place.

Bite Extends Australian Series

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Mitch Dening slugged a two run homerun in the top of the 12th to give the Adelaide Bite an 8-4 win over the Brisbane Bandits. This ties the series at one game apiece with the final game played on Sunday. The Bite scored two more runs in the 12th inning on an RBI single by Josh Altman and a sacrifice fly from A.C. Carter.

For the Bite they got four hits from Jordan Cowhan and three hits from Josh Altman. Marcus Greene Jr. mashed a two run homerun in the first inning to give the Bite a 3-0 lead. Aaron Whitfield slugged a two run homer in the second inning for the Bandits to tie the game at three runs apiece.

Loek Van Mil was able to shut out the Bandit bats during four innings of relief to give them an opportunity for victory. Zach Cooper pitched the last two innings to get credit for the win.

Mexico Remains Undefeated; Puerto Rico Wins

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Mexico kept pace with Cuba, beating Venezuela 5-1 to improve to 3-0 in round robin play. A walkoff grand slam homerun from Sebastian Valle gave Mexico the victory. Valle was once a highly regarded catching prospect for the Phillies, but as the years have progressed that status has lost it glow.

Venezuela scored their only run in the top of the third on a two out RBI single by Jose Castillo. Jonathan Herrera had started the inning with a single and moved to second on a ground out. A Sebastian Valle double to lead off the bottom of the third for Mexico and a bunt moved him to third with one out. Mexico could not score when Chris Roberson flew out too shallow to score Valle and Jason Bourgeois lined out to centerfield.

In the top of the sixth Sebastian Valle showed off his arm by picking off Rene Reyes off third to end a first and third rally. Motivated by the defensive excellence of the rally killing pickoff Jason Bourgeois lined a one out single to left fielder Jose Pirela, who bobbled the ball allowing Bourgeois to advance to second. This proved critical when C.J. Retherford slapped a hard ground ball single into leftfield to score Bourgeois. Mexico loaded the bases on an intentional walk and an infield single but Agustin Murrillo struck out to end the threat. He finished the game striking out three times.

Neither team threatened until the ninth when Mexico put their first three batters on base via a single, a bunt and throwing error and a walk to load the bases for Valle.

Oliver Perez got the win for his ninth inning of work. Over 24,000 witnessed the Mexico victory.

Puerto Rico won their first game with a 10-2 clobbering over the Dominican Republic. Rusney Castillo hit a two run homer in the first to give Puerto Rico an early 2-0 lead. When the Dominican Republic scored two runs in the fifth inning to pull within one David Vidal mashed a double in the bottom of the fifth to start a three run rally.

Puerto Rico put the game away with three runs in the sixth inning. Ironically, Rusney Castillo was responsible for driving in runs in the fifth and sixth, but he did not get credit for an RBI. The RBI in the fifth was courtesy of an error and the run in the sixth he ground into a double play to score a run. He did drive in his third run in the ninth with an RBI single.

Ivan Dejesus and David Vidal each slapped three hits in the game with Dejesus crossing the plate three times. Andres Santiago gets credit for the win after getting the last out of the fifth inning and pitching two more shutout innings.

Dominican Republic next plays Venezuela. They have to hope for a Cuban victory over Venezuela to create a three way tie for last place if they can beat Venezuela the next day. Both Mexico and Cuba have clinched playoff bids but play each other on the last day to determine first seed.

World Port Tournament to Include Cuba

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

The World Port tournament, which is held every other year in the Netherlands will include Japan, Korea, Curacao, Netherlands and Cuba as the participants in 2017. The dates are scheduled for July 1-9 in Rotterdam at Family Stadium.

Japan and Korea traditionally fill their rosters with college and Independent League players. Cuba usually brings a national team, but their league has been watered down with defections to the major leagues. The team that represents Cuba are normally younger players who have potential for future national team representation. There is always a defection or two after the tournament. The Netherlands usually fields a strong team composed of their players from their national team. Curacao fills its rosters with players from the island who are playing in the Dutch League.

Cuba won the tournament in 2015. The Netherlands hopes to avenge that championship loss. The three other teams will be fillers who hope to spoil another Cuba/Netherlands championship series.

The Nepal and Sri Lankan Baseball Championships

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Nepal and Sri Lanka conducted their national baseball championships in December according to the WBSC. For Nepal it was their first national championship. The Armed Police Force defeated the Nepal Army 14-4 to win the Nepalese championship. If they continue their baseball championship myworld will have to create a category for them.

Ten teams competed in Sri Lanka in the double elimination tournament for their championship. The winners were the Old Royalist Baseball Club who defeated the Ranabima Baseball Club. They played the tournament on the recently built field that Japan helped build, the Japan/Lanka Friendship Baseball Field. Sri Lanka does have a category associated with it.

Calendar of International Events for 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Below is the calendar of events for baseball in many different geographical areas. If myworld had the time we would try to hit all of them. We’ll be at a few.

February 1-7 - Series del Caribe in Culican, Sinoaloa,Mexico - home of the Tomateros

March 6-10 - World Baseball Classic, Pool A Seoul, Korea

March 7-11 - World Baseball Classic, Pool B, Tokyo Japan

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic Pool C, Miami, Florida, United States

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic, Pool D, Jalisco, Mexico

March 12-16 - World Baseball Classic, Pool E, Tokyo, Japan

March 14-19 - World Baseball Classic, Pool F, San Diego, California, United States

March 20-22 - World Baseball Classic Finals, Los Angeles, ,California, United States

March - Florida for Spring Training, Palm, Florida, New Home of the Astros and Nationals

April 3 - Washington D.C. opening day for game versus the NL East Miami Marlins

June 16-28 - NCAA College World Series, Omaha, Nebraska

July 1- 9 - World Port Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands

July 2-7 - Cuba versus United States Series, Cary, Durham and Charlotte,, North Carolina

July 28 - August 6 - IV U-12 Baseball World Cup, Tainan, Taiwan

August 17-27 - Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

September 1 - 10 - Under 18 Baseball World Cup, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Japan Wins 12 and Under Asian Tournament

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Japan continued their dominance in baseball with a 4-1 win over Korea to win the 12 and under Asian tournament championship. The win qualifies them for the World Championship to be held in Taiwan in 2017 between July 28 to August 7. Korea also qualified for the World Championship for their second place finish.

The number four ranked Taiwan, who won the last under 12 Asian tournament took the last spot (third place) by beating the hosts China 4-0. The Philippines between a surprisingly strong Pakistan team 3-2 to take fifth place. Indonesia took seventh place by beating Hong Kong 6-5.

Brazil Wins South American Baseball Championship

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Brazil defeated Argentina 10-4, the second time they had defeated them to win the South American baseball championship. Brazil finished the tournament 7-0. Argentina had upset the defending champions Colombia 12-9 to get into the championship. Brazil was able to waltz over Peru 12-0. Venezuela did not appear in the tournament.

The final standings for the tournament:

1) Brazil, 2) Argentina, 3) Colombia, 4) Chile, 5) Peru, 6) Bolivia

Netherlands Downs Spain for European Championship

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The Netherlands was missing Kalian Sams, one of their top hitters when the game started because his wife was giving birth. He did arrive in the fourth inning and was put in the game in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement. That was the only inning in which Spain scored both their runs.

The Netherlands took an early 2-0 lead on a Nick Urbanus two run single in the second inning. With runners on first and third with one out Netherlands had the chance to score more but a fielder’s choice at home and a Yurendell de Caster strikeout with the bases loaded killed any remaining threat. Yurendell would make up for his failure in the 10th inning.

Antonio Noguera came on to pitch the third against the Netherlands and quieted their bats for the next five innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out seven. The Netherlands went with Rob Cordemans for the first four innings and Lars Huijer for the next three to keep Spain off the scoreboard. They finally put together a rally in the 8th off Shairon Martis, whose biggest claim to fame is pitching a no hitter in the first World Baseball Classic against South Africa.

Martis gave up a hit to the first batter he faced Oscar Angulo. The second hitter Engel Beltre also singled. The Dutch were fortunate to pick off Angulo at second for the first out. With two outs Jesus Martinez mashed a ball into right field for a two run homer to tie the game at 2-2.

The Netherlands blew an opportunity to take the lead in the bottom frame. With runners at first and second and one out Kalian Sams singled to left field. Yurendell de Caster, who had doubled to start the inning stopped at third, but Gianison Boekhoudt, who had been walked intentionally was caught advancing too far off second and was thrown out by the catcher. Randolph Oduber struck out to leave de Caster stranded at third.

Spain could not score in the top of the 10th with runners on second and third with one out. Oscar Angulo and Engel Beltre both struck out against Netherlands closer Loek Van Mil. The Netherlands had their opportunity to put runners on first and second. Andres Perez, facing his first batter in the tenth Christopher Garia hit him to load the bases with no one out. Yurendell de Caster ended the game with a walk off single up the middle, making amends for his failure to drive in a run in the second inning.

The Netherlands Van Der Meer Stijn won the MVP award for the tournament. It was his second MVP award in the last three months after being awarded the MVP of the Honkball tournament in July. Stijn was a 34th round pick by the Astros in the 2016 draft out of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He played in 21 rookie league games hitting .329. He plays shortstop for the Netherlands but for the Astros he bounced around between shortstop and second base, with some action at third.

For the Netherlands it was their second consecutive championship. Italy had won the previous two after the Netherlands had put together five straight championships. For Spain they had finished in third place for five out of the last six championships. The second place finish was their highest result since the championships began, when they finished in second for the first European championships in 1954 and won the second European championships in 1955. After those first two they have never been able to finish better than third.

European Championship Recap

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The two top European teams slugged it out and Netherlands found themselves on top. For Italy it was their second loss which puts them in a tie for third place, meaning they may not be playing in the championship game.

Netherlands 6 Italy 5

Kalian Sams hit a two out infield single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the tying run to send the game into extra innings. Italy took advantage of a Dutch error to score two in the top of the tenth. The Netherlands tied the game on a Stijn Van Der Meer RBI single and won the game on a Christopher Garia walk off single. Tiago Da Silva pitched five innings of shutout relief for Italy but after he was removed Netherlands rallied for five of their six runs.

Spain 9 Czech Republic 3

Spain got back into second place with a win over the Czechs. With the loss the Czechs were eliminated from any championship game. Daniel Martinez drove in three runs and Blake Ochoa bashed a solo shot in the fifth to lead the Spanish 17 hit attack.

Germany 14 Belgium 2

Christopher Howard and Maurice Wilhelm went deep for Germany, but lead off hitter Eric Brenk drove in five runs with a double and triple to lead the German offense. The German win put them in a tie for third place with Italy.

Spain needs to beat Germany to take second place. The Netherlands even with a loss in their last game against Belgium has clinched an appearance in the championship game. A loss by Spain to Germany would complicate things especially if Italy wins their game to create a three way tie for second place.