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Japan Exports Baseball to Africa

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Volunteers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency have been going to places like Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Uganda and teaching the youth baseball. For many Africans, they may not be familiar with Clayton Kershaw, but they may soon know the name of Shohei Otani. You can read the full article at the link below:

Japan export of baseball to Africa

Little League World Series Update

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

A lot has happened in the Little League World Series since myworld posted the first day results. Uganda got shutout on one hit by Venezuela 7-0, Jose Castillo striking out 14. He also hit a homerun in the game. They were eliminated in their next game 5-0 by Taiwan. Taiwan eventually got bounced out by Mexico 11-0.

Mexico and Japan have advanced to the International championships while the Mid-Atlantic (Red Land Little League in Pennsylvania) and the Southwest (Pearland Little League in East Texas) will do battle in the United States division. Mexico had lost 3-1 in an earlier game to Japan. The Southwest will try to take revenge on the Mid-Atlantic for an earlier 3-0 loss.

Uganda Wins Opener in Little League World Series

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

The team of Uganda beat the baseball crazy Dominican Republic in the opening round of the Little League World Series 4-1. Francis Alemo pitched four innings and drove in two runs to give the Ugandans the win. Yaniel Arias struck out 13 for the Dominican Republic but it was not enough to get the victory. Yaniel walked three including leadoff hitter Joshua Olara, who scored two runs on a hit and two walks. Jovan Edaku pitched the last two innings to earn the save.

In other matches, Australia was beaten by Venezuela 5 - 2, Yeinier Fernandez slugging a three run homerun in the top of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. Jake Burns hit a solo homerun in the fourth to tie the game for Australia, but took the loss in the sixth when he walked two hitters preceding the homerun. Blake Cavill struck out 10 in his start that lasted just 3.2 innings. The homerun by Fernandez gave himself the win. He worked the last two innings and struck out five of the six hitters he faced.

Daniel Zaragoza had the walkoff hit to give Mexico a 1-0 win over Canada. Zaragoza also pitched five innings, striking out 10, but Gerardo Lujano picked up the win after he struck out the side in his only inning of work in the top of the sixth. Matthew Wilkinson was almost unhittable for Canada striking out 16 hitters in his five innings of work, whiffing four hitters in the fifth.

Japan scored early to beat Taiwan 7-5, scoring six runs in the first two innings. Kengo Tomita collected three hits including two solo homeruns to contribute to the victory. Shingo Tomita also went deep for Japan. The Tomita’s drove in and scored four of the six runs, collecting five of the nine hits for Japan. Yen Cheng Yu went deep for Taiwan.

The Soutwest (Pearland, Texas) won a pitcher’s duel over the Northwest (Portland, Oregon) 1-0 in a game which saw only one hit by each team. A solo shot by Isaac Garcia in the fourth inning scored the only run in the game. He also got the last five outs, three of them on whiffs to seal the win. The homerun was the only hit given up by Dylan Maclean in his 5.2 innings of work. He struck out 12 and only walked one. Jarrett Tadlock also only allowed one hit in 4.1 innings.

The West (Bonita, California) scored 11 runs in the third to bury Great Lakes (Bowling Green, Kentucky) 14-2 in a game shortened to four innings by the slaughter rule. The West team slugged six homeruns in the game, including a grand slam by Nick Maldonado.

The Mid-Atlantic (Lewisberry, Pennsylvania) pounded the Midwest (Webb City, Missouri) 18-0 in another game shortened to four innings. The Mid-Atlantic scored all their runs in the second and third inning. Cole Wagner went 4-4 with five RBIs, all the runs driven in with a grand slam and a solo shot. Kaden Peifer also went deep and drove in four runs.

Alex Edmonson did not allow a hit in his six innings of work leading the Southeast (Taylors, South Carolina) to a 7-1 win over New England (Cranston, Rhode Island). He struck out 15 hitters and walked one. The walk was in the first inning and scored the only New England run. Two wild pitches advanced the runner to third and he scored on a strikeout that got past the catcher for a passed ball.

Little League World Series Regional Results

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Asia Pacific

Tung Yuan Little League, Taipei City, Taiwan

Australia

Cronulla Little League, Sydney

Caribbean

Los Bravos de Pontezuela Little League, Santiago de los Caballero, Dominican Republic

Europe/Africa

AVRS Secondary School Little League, Kampala, Uganda

Japan

Tokyo Kitasuna Little League, Tokyo

Latin America

Cardenales Little League, Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Mexico

Seguro Social Little League, Mexicali Baja California

The United States regionals and Canada do not play their tournaments until the beginning of August. The Little League World Series does not begin until August 20-30.

For the results of the regionals you can go here:

Little League Regional Results

Czech Republic Defeats Uganda to Advance to Little League World Series

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Czech Republic (South Moravia) defeated Uganda 7-3 to qualify for the Little League World Series. It will be the second straight appearance for the Czechs in the Little League World Series. Uganda had earlier defeated the Czech Republic 10-0. The championship match was the third meeting between the two clubs since the Czechs had defeated them earlier 7-5 to knock Uganda to the losers bracket and require Uganda to beat them twice to advance.

Uganda defeated a United States German military team 11-0 to send them to the losers bracket. A team from the United Kingdom eventually eliminated the United States German team with an 8-3 win.

The only team Uganda lost to was the strong Czech team. Uganda eliminated Italy 12-2, whose only two losses in the tournament was to Uganda. Italy had to fight their way up through the losers bracket after their opening round loss to Uganda 10-0. They beat Lithuania 12-0, the Netherland 8-6 and the United Kingdom 13-6. The game against Uganda was the finals of the loser’s bracket.

South Africa 18 and under Champions in Africa

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The tournament was hosted in Meru, Kenya. South Africa won the 18 and under division by beating a Uganda team 4-1. Tanzania won the bronze by beating the hosts Kenya 25-13. It was the first ever appearance by Tanzania in a baseball tournament and the first time Kenya has hosted a baseball tournament.

This qualifies South Africa for the 18 and under tournament to be played in Japan at the historic Koshien stadium in August/September of this year. The schedule is dependent on the schedule of the pro team the Hanshin Tigers who play their games at the stadium.

A youtube clip of the event can be found below:

tournament

European Championships - The Final Rounds

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The top three teams from each pool travel to Brno, Czech Republic, taking their wins and losses with them against teams they played that are currently in the pool and compete to play in the finals.

Italy 6 Spain 4

Lorenzo Avagnina doubled in the eighth to break a 4-4 tie. Stefano Desimoni singled to drive in an insurance run to give Italy a two run lead. Tiago de Silva retired the side in order to pick up the save, striking out two of the three hitters he faced. Francisco Figueroa socked a two run homer in the sixth as Spain came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game. Italy moves to 3-0 while Spain drops to 1-2.

Czech Republic 14 France 3

The score is a little surprise. A seven run seventh inning shortened the game to seven innings. The Czech Republic powered five homers in the game, Matej Hejma and Jakub Sladek hit two homeruns apiece while Jakub Malik hit one homerun. Sladek has five homeruns for the tournament and finished the game 4 for 5 with four RBIs. Hejma drove in five runs for the Czech Republic.

Netherlands 10 Germany 4

Netherlands won their game to remain undefeated. Shawn Zarragga banged out three hits and drove in two runs in the win for Netherlands. Randoph Oduber went deep against the winless Germans. Kevin Heijstek went seven innings for Netherlands, allowing only two unearned runs.

In the second division Croatia nipped 11-10, Sweden scoring two runs in the final frame to make the game close. For the winless Swedes Magnus Pileguard ripped four hits, three of them doubles to drive in three. Great Britain improved to 2-4 with their 10-4 spanking of

Uganda Opens New Baseball Stadium

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Uganda made quite a splash with their appearance in the Little League World Series in 2012.  They should have appeared in 2011 but not all of them could show proof of age so the second place team in the qualifiers went in their place.  They did not compete in 2013, not even appearing in the qualifier, so perhaps funding was an issue.

Japan helped provide the funding for Uganda to build their new baseball stadium, named the National Friendship Stadium located in Gayaza just north of the capital Kampala.  The cost of the grant to build the stadium ($122,175) was quite a bit less than what cities in the United States have to pay to build major league stadiums.

Myworld only hopes it doesn’t stay empty.  You can read about the opening here: http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2014/01/30/uganda-baseball-softball-opens-historic-first-ever/dac2771b-6931-4a6d-8e04-f12b9eb8eb37

Uganda to Build Ballpark

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Japan has provided Uganda a grant of a little over $120,000 to build their first ballpark.  The stadium will be constucted in Gayaza on three acres of land.

Uganda has gotten all sorts of publicity in the last couple years for their baseball prowess.  Jimmy Rollins did a tour there and the little league team was the first African team to qualify for the Little League World Series in Williamsport.  Now they will soon be able to play on a real baseball field rather than fields of grass marked by shirts as bases.

You can read the article here: http://www.monitor.co.ug/Sports/Soccer/Baseball-family-to-get-new-ultra-modern-home/-/690266/1647228/-/xmrmenz/-/index.html courtesy of the IBAF website.

Uganda Qualifies for Little League World Series (We Hope)

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

For the second time in two years Uganda won the qualifying tournament to be eligible for the Little League World Series in August.  Last year they could not play in the Little League World Series because they could not provide documentation to confirm their ages.  The team they beat, Saudia Arabia went instead.

The Uganda team beat Kuwait in the finals this year 5-2.  They had beaten them earlier in pool play 8-0.  The only team they lost to was their opening game match against Saudia Arabia 2-1.  After Kuwait beat Saudia Arabia 12-10 the division was thrown into a three way tie with Kuwait, Saudia Arabia and Uganda all with 3-1 records.  Uganda and Kuwait played for the championship because of a tie breaker, with Uganda winning.

So provided Uganda can get their paperwork together they will be the first team from Africa to play in the Little League World Series.  Myworld will be rooting for them.

Other teams to qualify are Curacao, who won in the Caribbean, 10-1 victors over a team from Puerto Rico in the championship game.  Curacao dominated the tournament, with no team coming within seven runs of beating them.

Japan saw Tokyo Kitasuna win their championship against Matsusaka Little League 11-0.  Like Curacao, Kitasuna dominated their opponents, with no team coming within six runs of them.

The South American qualifier had a team from Aguadulce, Panama defeat Venezuela 6-5 to qualify for the Little League World Series.  Two Panama teams finished their pool play undefeated, with Venezuela downing Chitre, Panama 7-4 to prevent the finals from being an all Panama affair.  The World Cup that was played their last year must have motivated some kids in Panama.

Mexico and Europe play their qualifier this weekend.  Canada will play their qualifier August 4 and all the United States qualifiers will be played the beginning of August.