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Under 23 World Cup Qualifying Round

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The Under 23 Baseball World Cup qualifying round will be held in Nicaragua and Honduras. Competing in the Nicaragua competition will be Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the hosts Nicaragua. In Honduras, other than the hosts the competition will be Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala and Panama. Absent from the competition are the United States and Canada. Even Puerto Rico is absent in the tournament.

The Under 23 World Cup will be held October 2-11 in Mexico. Mexico are the defending champions having defeated Japan in 2018 when it was played in Colombia. Other countries who have qualified to play are Germany and Czech Republic (European qualifier), New Zealand (Oceania - Australia dropped out), Taiwan, Japan and China (Asia Qualifier), Korea (wild card selection) and Mexico as the host.

Honduras is an interesting country to choose to be a host for a baseball qualifier since baseball is not a big sport in that country. If you want to grow the game you have to expose the countries not usually exposed to baseball. Not sure why the United States and Canada chose not to participate but the major and minor league pipeline availability probably has something to do with that.

Central American and Caribbean Games

Friday, September 26th, 2014

It will be played November 14-21 in Vera Cruz, Mexico, just after the 21 and under games in Taichung, Taiwan. The Dominican Republic are the defending 2010 champions and are expected to play in the event as well as Cuba, Guatemala, second place Mexico, bronze medalist Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

These games will count against the IBAF World Rankings, which have added some significance to the tournaments. Next year in Taiwan the top twelve countries will compete in a World Cup type of event. You can read more about the tournament here:

Group E and F Finals

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Group E

Japan 4 Italy 0

Japan got their third straight shutout in Group E competition. Despite that it had to be disappointing for them not to qualify for the Group D battles. Four different Japanese pitchers combined to limit the Italian team to four hits.

Germany 6 Australia 5

A nice win for Germany, their second in the second round of the Group E games. Florian Seidel pitched two plus innings of relief to get the win, shutting down the Australian bats on just one hit. Six different German players contributed to the win with one RBI each.

Brazil 8 Argentina 3

Brazil took second place in Group E with their win. They scored eight runs in the fifth to get the win, accomplishing it with only three hits. Argentina only made three errors in the game, but all of them came in that nightmare of a fifth inning.

Group F

Czech Republic 10 Lithuania 5

Czech Republic won the Group F round with their win over the winless Lithuania team. The Czech Republic came back with six in the fifth inning to overcome a 4-0 deficit to take the victory. Krystof Kozac worked six plus innings of relief to get the win.

Guatemala 12 New Zealand 1

Guatemala surprised everyone with their pummeling of New Zealand to take second place in Group F. Gerson Garcia banged out three hits perched from his leadoff spot and Bryan Flores drove in three runs. Jose Lopez pitched six plus innings to get the win. Perhaps some major league scouts witnessed the accomplishments of this team.

South Africa 10 Hong Kong 0

Keagan Lazarus worked six plus innings to pick up the win. The South African team stole ten bases to match their ten runs.

15 and Under Group E & F - Day Three

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

It was a busy day as they made up a couple of rainouts from Group E yesterday, limiting the Group E games to seven innings.  Japan continues to look dominate in Group E with their second consecutive shutout to remain undefeated.  The Czech Republic won their battle of the undefeateds to look like the strong team in Group F.

Group E

Japan 6 Brazil 0

Three Japanese pitchers combined for the shutout with Taisei Chiwata getting the start and going five innings.  Shu Masuda continues to be the big bat for Japan with his two hits driving in three runs.  He is second to Turang in hitting with a .600 batting average for the tournament.

Brazil 6 Australia 4

Brazil had won their opener.  Mauro Tanaka worked two innings of relief to save the victory.  Gustavo Roque drove in three runs with a single and two fielder’s choice RBIs.  Jess Williams for Australia banged out four hits from the leadoff spot.

Australia 12 Italy 8

Australia used two six run innings to keep Italy winless in the second round.  It was a game of big innings with Italy erupting for seven in the third.  Jack Dunn went 3 for 3 and Mitchell Edwards drove in three runs for Australia.

Germany 10 Italy 3

Germany had to feel good about beating their tradiitional European powerhouse.  Italy had taken a 3-0 lead but Germany combined to score nine runs in the fourth through sixth innings to run away with the game.  Niklas Rimmel pitched the full seven innings to get the win for Germany.  He allowed only one hit, but walked five and four German errors made all three runs Italy scored unearned.  Marco Cardoso drove in three runs with his two hits and Maurice Bendrien crossed the plate three times with his two hits and one walk.

Argentina 10 Germany 8

Germany was not so fortunate against Argentina, who jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and held on for the victory. Vicente Cruz pitched the last four plus innings of relief to get the win, upping his record to 3-0. He also went 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Japan looks to have the top seed of Group E sewn up at 4-0. Brazil is 3-1 with Argentina and Australia tied at 2-2. Germany is 1-3 while Italy holds the cellar at 0-4. The critical last game match is Brazil and Argentina. A win by Argentina could give them the second seed.

Group F

Czech Republic 15 New Zealand 4

In a battle of the undefeateds the Czechs showed no mercy, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings to run away with the game. Ondrej Furko drove in four runs to put him in the top RBI spot for the tournament with 14. He also pitched the first seven plus innings to get the win. Marek Chlup banged out four hits to lead the 17 hit parade.

Guateamala 12 Hong Kong 9

Late entry Guatemala improved to 3-1, shocking Hong Kong with a nine run eighth to overcome a 9-2 deficit to take the victory. Guatemala only got three hits, taking advantage of four walks, three Hong Kong errors and two hit batsman to run around the bases. Guatemala stole 10 bases, Edgar Tecu leading the race with three.

South Africa 11 Lithuania 5

South Africa won their first game of the tournament, leaving Lithuania as the lone winless team with one day remaining.  Lithuania has the Czech Republic on their schedule for the last game.  A trio of South Africans, Lance Ivan Gordon, Keagan Blaine Lazarus and Brady Conradie each finished the game with three hits.

Czech Republic has won the first seed with their 4-0 record.  Guatemala and New Zealand are each 3-1 and will battle today for the second seed.  Hong Kong and South Africa are each 1-3 while Lithuania is 0-4.

15 and Under Group E and F Results - Day 2

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Group E

Japan 11 Argentina 0

Yudai Tada threw six innings of one hit ball and his offense supported him with 11 runs to give the samurai and easy win.  Shu Masuda had the hottest bat going 4 for 4 with two stolen bases and two runs driven in.  The Japanese combined for 12 stolen bases in the game.

Group F

New Zealand 17 Lithuania 2

Three New Zealand pitchers combined for a no hitter, but a little wildness with two walks, two hit by pitches and two wild pitches allowed Lithuania to cross the plate twice.  New Zealand was patient at the plate with 15 walks, Aotea Parata leading the walk parade with four allowing him to score four times.  Eden Singe drove in three runs with a hit and three walks.

Guatemala 10 South Africa 4

Guatemala won their second game.  Jarlin Tecu worked six innings of shutout ball before tiring in the seventh.  Mariano Lopez relieved him and threw three innings of shutout ball to pick up the save.  Tecu also provided the big bat with three hits, three RBIs and three stolen bases.

Czech Republic 18 Hong Kong 3

Czech Republic remains the only undefeated team in Group F.  Ondrej Furko drove in five runs in the game.

15 and Under - Day 6 Group E & F

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Myworld is catching up on the groups.  These are the lessor Groups.  The stronger groups are in Group D which myworld summarized this morning.  To see the box scores of these games you can go here:

Group E

Japan 15 Australia 1

Japan would prefer not to be here, but losses to the United States and Panama knocked them to the lower group.  The number two ranked team in the world appeared to take it all out on the Australian team, waking up to transform a 1-0 pitcher’s duel after six innings into a 13-1 rout with 12 runs in their next two at bats.  Australia booted five balls creating 10 unearned runs.  In addition to the five errors, the Japanese hitters showed patience by taking 9 walks.  Yohei Takekuma was the offensive star driving in five runs with his three hits.

Brazil 11 Germany 0

Mauro Tanaka threw a five inning complete game shutout to lead Brazil over Germany.  German pitchers were wild walking 11.  Brazil scored their 11 runs collecting only four hits, three of them in the first inning.  They only needed to bat four times.

Argentina 10 Italy 8

Martin Cruz quieted the Italian bats for the last four innings pitching in relief to lead Argentina to the win.  He gave up just one run on two hits.  Lucas Stalman smashed a two run double in the sixth to give Argentina a 8-7 lead.

Brazil and Japan are the two undefeated teams in Group E at 2-0.  Australia and Argentina are tied at 1-1 while the two European teams, Germany and Italy are winless at 0-2.

Group F

New Zealand 11 Hong Kong 1

New Zealand showed they may be the favored team to win this group.  Javarn Woolston and Taylor Moanaroa each drove in three runs while Kaleb Rona and Tama Wright Pihama each scored three runs.  New Zealand put the game away with seven runs in the first two innings.

Czech Republic 18 South Africa 0

Jakub Grepl tossed four innings of two hit shutout ball to lead the Czech Republic to an easy victory.  Ondrej Furko and Martin Klanica each drove in three runs.  The top two players in the lineup Dan Ondrousek and Grepl stirred the offense scoring three runs each.

Guatemala 4 Lithuania 3

Guatemala put on their victory shoes.  Julio Aguilar drove in three of the four runs with an RBI double in the first and an RBI double in the fifth to tie game at 3-3.  Jarlin Tecu got the hit in the fifth to put Guatemala ahead for good 4-3.  Lithuania loaded the bases with one out in the ninth but Tecu came on to pitch and threw a double play grounder to end the game.  Bryan Giron was two outs short of a complete game, but two walks in the ninth inning to load the bases ended his sterling outing.

New Zealand and the Czech Republic are undefeated in this pool with Guatemala and Hong Kong at 1-1.  Lithuania and South Africa are both looking for their first win of the tournament.

15 and Under - Day 5

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

A big upset with Panama defeating Japan to knock them out of the second round Group D competition.  Japan will play in Group E, not what they were hoping for when playing this event.  Mexico won their game to advance to the Group D division.  Each of the teams will get to participate in the second round based on won loss record and play their equivalent opponents.  Myworld will focus on the Group D games.

Panama 6 Japan 1

What a day for the Panama youth to beat the second ranked team in the world.  Didier Vargas mesmerized the Japanese bats on just two hits in seven innings and Ariel Atencio finished the game allowing only one hit in his two innings of work.  The Panama bats slapped 13 singles against the Japanese pitching staff.  They put the game out of reach in the ninth inning scoring four runs.  Miguel Amaya was the offensive team leader with three hits.

Taiwan 8 Italy 0

The pitching for Taiwan has been excellent with another no hitter against Italy.  Hsin-Chieh Lin worked five innings walking two.  Taiwan also continued to show speed on the bases, stealing seven, Chao-Ching Wan swiping three and Shao-Hua Tin two.  Taiwan advances to the second round undefeated.

New Zealand 11 South Africa 10

New Zealand survived a nine run third by South Africa to rally from a 9-3 deficit.  Connor Fitzsimons drove in three runs for New Zealand.  Kyle Glogoski got the win throwing five plus innings in relief and only allowing one run.  Glogoski also scored the go ahead run in the ninth after drawing a walk and advancing all the way home on wild pitches and ground outs.

United States 11 Germany 1

Justin Bullock did not allow a hit in his first five plus innings, and the bullpen carried the torch, allowing only one hit the rest of the game.  Germany pitchers walked ten and hit five batters in the game.  The United States advances to the second round as one of the three undefeated teams.

Mexico 9 Brazil 4

Mexico advances to the second round D group with their defeat of Brazil.  Luis Rodriguez got the win tossing five plus innings and allowing two unearned runs.  Carlos Soto went deep for Mexico, driving in three runs and Isaac Paredes bunched together three hits.

Czech Republic 14 Guatemala 3

The Czech Republic won their first game.  Dan Ondrousek was the offensive star with two hits, driving in three runs and scoring three times from the leadoff spot to churn the offensive production.  Marek Chlup and Martin Klanicka each collected three hits.  Guatemala had struck first in the top of the first with two runs but couldn’t sustain it.  Bryan Flores scored two of their three runs and collected half of their six hits, but they needed more offensive production from the other players.

Cuba 21 Hong Kong 0

Cuba’s offensive machine continued to roll, Ernesto Martinez going deep and adding a double, sharing the RBI lead with Miguel Vargas with three.  The first three hitters in the Cuban lineup crossed the plate three times and drove in two runs each.  Tomas Alonso struck out 9 of the 14 hitters he faced, giving up just two hits in his four innings of work.

Venezuela 18 Lithuania 0

Peterson Plaz threw a five inning complete game one hitter to advance Venezuela to the second round Group D.  Maximo Castillo went deep for Venezuela and Lenyn Sosa and Albert Guamaro led the way with three hits each.  Venezuela scored 17 of their 18 runs in two innings and hang on to defend their championship from a couple years ago.

Mexico 12 Czech Republic 1

In a game that was made up from the day before Mexico defeated Czech Republic.  Marco Martinez went 4 for 4 with two doubles.

15 and Under - Day Four

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The United States won the first round of their game against Japan.  Japan will get another opportunity to beat them in the second round.  Taiwan had an easy time with Brazil, putting them back to earth.  With the victory both the United States and Taiwan have advanced to the second round. No big upsets, though Hong Kong surprised Argentina.

United States 7 Japan 2

Japan made an uncharacteristic five errors and the United States scored early and hung on to win and advance to the second round.  Hugh Fisher worked six innings to get the win, surrendering only one run.  Steven Williams, who had a triple and double yesterday, smashed a solo shot in the second to give the United States a 2-1 lead. Alejandro Toral went 2 for 2 with a double, two runs scored and one driven in to lead the offense.  He has been on base his last eight times to the plate.

Taiwan 17 Brazil 1

Brazil had a 1-0 lead after three innings.  Taiwan tied it in the fourth and then blasted 16 runs in the next two innings to win and advance to the second round.  Brazil committed four of their six errors in a nightmare of a fifth inning.  Ming Chi Juan blasted a three run triple in the fifth to put the game out of reach for Taiwan.  Chen-Tso Tseng and Yin-Chi Tu also drove in three runs for Taiwan.

Argentina 12 Hong Kong 11

Argentina scored the game winning run without benefit of a hit in the bottom of the ninth.  Martin Gorriaran led off the inning being hit by a pitch.  He stole second and then scored on a throwing error by the pitcher on a bunt.  Lucas Stalman rapped out three hits and stole four bases for Argentina.  Nicolas Barrientos drove in three runs on two singles and a triple.  Cheuk-Yam Wan has shown an ability to score.  After crossing the plate five times against Lithuania he scored four times against Argentina with three walks and a single.  His nine runs scored in the last two games has come via six walks.

Italy 11 Guatemala 8

After giving up five runs in the opening frame, Guatemala almost pulled off an upset, taking a 6-5 lead after three before falling to Italy.  Filippo Daddi shut down the Guatemalan bats the last two innings to pick up the save.  Tommaso Giannini drove in three runs for Italy to lead their offense.  Bryan Giron threw three plus shutout innings for Guatemala to keep the game close.  For a last minute addition to the tournament Guatemala has played some competitive games.

Panama 5 New Zealand 1

The good news for New Zealand is they held the opposition to single digits in runs scored.  It was also their first game to play nine innings.  For Panama it was their third straight win after an opening day loss to the United States.  Agustin Velasco held the New Zealand bats to one run in six innings, allowing only one hit.  Adan Frias pitched three innings of hitless relief to close out the game.  Wilfredo Pereira went 2 for 2 with a triple and an RBI to lead the offense.  Taylor Anthony Moanaroa had the best pitched game for New Zealand, giving up only five runs in six innings.

Germany 13 South Africa 0

Germany evened its record with the whitewash of South Africa.  Florian Seidel threw a seven inning no hitter, walking two for the Germans.  David Reichertz was again the offensive leader for the Germans with three RBIs.

Cuba 30 Lithuania 0

Perhaps they should have required Cuba to bat with their eyes closed.  The game only went five innings.  Angel Diaz got the equivalent of a hit an inning, driving in four runs.  Miguel Vargas scored the equivalent of a run each inning.  Pedro Portuondo pitched a complete five inning one hitter.  If not for the third inning hit it would have been a perfect game.

Venezuela 13 Australia 3

Venezuela proved too powerful for Australia, especially Rafael Marchan who peppered Australian pitchers for four hits, including a triple that resulted in four RBIs and two runs scored.  Jose Orta pitched four plus innings of relief to get the win.  He struck out nine.  It was a sloppy game with 11 errors committed by the two teams, six of them Australia.  Venezuelan pitchers also walked ten hitters, but Australia could not take advantage of their generosity and their three total hits met all their batters were out hit by Marchan.  Venezuela moves to 3-1 while Australia drops to 2-2.

Taiwan appears to have won pool A with Brazil coming in second.  There were no scores reported for the Mexico Czech Republic match.  In pool B the United States wins their pool at 4-0 with Japan and Panama tied at 3-1.  Group C has Cuba as the lone undefeated team with Venezuela in second at 3-1.  The top two teams advance to the second round, which should result in more competitive matches.

The big game today is Panama versus Japan with the winner advancing to the second round.  Mexico and Brazil do battle in pool A with the winner advancing to the second round.  In pool C Venezuela should beat Lithuania and advance with Cuba to the second round.  Since they have already beaten Argentina and Australia they advance via the tiebreaker, assuming it is head to head.  Taiwan and the United States have already advanced regardless of outcome based on head to head matches with the two second place teams.

15 and Under - Day 3

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Cuba breezed through their battle of the undefeateds but Taiwan squeaked past Mexico.  Defending champion Venezuela was able to handle undefeated Argentina.  The nine inning games were more prevalent with all three of those games going the distance.

Taiwan 10 Mexico 9

There have not been many cliff hangers in the early going, but this was a first.  Taiwan dominated early but Mexico rallied back.  They scored four in the bottom of the ninth and the game ended on a strike em out caught stealing double play.  Hung-Yi Wang came into the game to strike out the last hitter.  It was a sloppy game with eight errors influencing the game, five of the errors by Taiwan.  Ming-Chi Juan was the big bat for Taiwan with a 3 for 3 day and two walks, allowing him to score three times and drive in two runs.  He also had two stolen bases.  Taiwan now moves to 3-0 while Mexico drops to 2-1.

Cuba 12 Australia 2

In another battle of the undefeateds Cuba showed their dominance.  After clubbing the defending champions Venezuela yesterday they bludgeoned Australia with 13 hits and 12 walks in their nine inning victory.  Jonathan Machado was again the big bat with three hits from his lead off perch, crossing the plate three times.  Ramon Perez tossed five plus innings of one hit ball, walking four and allowing two unearned runs to cross the plate.  Osvaldo Cardenas finished the game going the last three plus innings without allowing a run and scattering two hits and two walks.  Australian starter Joshua Bedggood may have been a little nervous facing the Cubans, walking seven hitters in just three plus innings.  He only allowed two hits.

Venezuela 9 Argentina 4

Argentina’s hope for an upset were dashed when Venezuela exploded for five runs in the opening frame.  Gustavo Gomez had the clutch hit of the inning with a two run single.  Brayan Carpio worked the first six plus innings to get the win for Venezuela, striking out eight.  Argentina got three hits from Lucas Stalman in the loss.  Argentina drops to 1-2, their only losses created by Venezuela and Cuba, who finished first and second in this tournament last year.  Venezuela improves to 2-1.

United States 25 South Africa 0

Devin Ortiz and Ryan Vilade combined for a five inning no hitter, only an error preventing the first perfect game of the tournament.  Ortiz struck out seven of the ten hitters he faced.  Noah Cambell had the big bat with three hits and three RBIs, bashing one of the six doubles hit by the United States team.

Japan 16 New Zealand 0

Three Japanese pitchers combined for a no hitter against New Zealand, Kensei Saito working three of the five innings and striking out six of the nine hitters he faced.  Each of the pitchers walked one hitter.  Hayato Nishiura continued with the big bat driving in six runs with a grand slam homerun and a single.  New Zealand was battling 4-0 but the grand slam in the fourth broke the game wide open.

Italy 11 Czech Republic 1

Italy got their first win, keeping the Czechs winless.  Matteo Liberti worked his magic, limiting the Czechs to one run in five innings of work to get the win.  Leonardo Seminati was a homerun short of the cycle, finishing the day 3 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases.  He crossed the plate three times and drove in one run.

Brazil 10 Guatemala 3

Brazil has had an easy schedule to start the tournament, but they remain undefeated, knocking off Guatemala.  The combined records for their opponents is 1-8.  Vitor Nakamura worked eight innings, striking out 11 to get the win.  He tired towards the end giving up runs in his last two innings of work.  Henrique Maciel drove in four runs with two triples and a single.  He also crossed the plate three times and stole two bases.  Naoki Takano went 3 for 3 with two walks.

Panama 12 Germany 3

Germany has been playing so well, almost beating the power house Japan, but Panama erupted for a six run third to run away with their game, dropping Germany to 1-2 and upping Panama to 2-1.  Enrique Saldana banged out four hits in five at bats to drive in four runs to lead the Panama offense.  Saldana has eight hits in his last nine at bats.  Omar Vigil also collected four hits with Panama banging out 18 hits in the game.  Panama improves to 2-1 while Germany drops to 1-2.

Hong Kong 17 Lithuania 4

Hong Kong broke into the winner’s bracket, leaving Lithuania without a win.  Tsz-Hei Fong got the win with five innings of solid work.  He was helped by the leadoff bat of Cheuk-Yam Wan, who scored five times with two hits and three walks, also driving in three runs.  Fong also helped himself with a three RBI game on two hits.

The big games for today are Brazil and Taiwan.  Brazil will see how real they are facing an undefeated opponent.  The big match will be the United States versus Japan, a battle between the top two rated countries in the world rankings.  Venezuela will battle Australia, an opportunity for Australia to save face after their loss to Cuba.

15 and Under - Day Two

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

No big surprises unless you feel the defending champion going down to defeat against Cuba would be considered an upset.  There was at least one close game.

Japan 7 Germany 5

Germany gave Japan more than they expected.  After Japan erupted for a five spot in the opening frame they may have thought this game would be in the bag.  Charles Walzer settled down after the rocky first and limited the Japanese bats to just three hits in the next five frames.  The Germans kept nicking at that lead, even outhitting the Japanese bats 12 to 9, but it was not enough to take the victory.  Hayato Nishiura collected another three hit day going 3 for 3 to raise his average to .750 after two days.  Shu Masuda drove in two runs with his two hits, an RBI single in the first and an RBI triple in the seventh to end the Japanese six inning scoreless drought.  Masuda also pitched the ninth inning to rack up the save, one of the few ninth innings played in this tournament.  David Dinski banged out three hits to drive in two runs and score twice to fuel the German offense.

Cuba 12 Venezuela 2

Cuba scored seven in the sixth to run away from defending champs Venezuela.  Cuba finished second, so it was pretty early to see these two play.  Adrian Morejon gave the Cubans seven innings of work on the mound, giving up only two runs.  The Venezuelan pitchers could not find the plate walking 11 in the game, including four in the disasterous sixth.

Brazil 12 Italy 5

Brazil took nine innings to beat Italy, the second nine inning game played in the tournament.  They remained undefeated in the tournament while Italy dropped to 0-2.  Italy grabbed a 2-0 lead and held on for three innings.  Brazil took advantage of three walks and a wild pitch, collecting three hits of their own to score four runs in the fourth to take the lead for good.  Gustavo Roque had a big two run double in the five run fifth to drive in two of his three runs from the leadoff spot.  Igor Kimura pitched two plus innings of shutout relief, striking out five to get the win and also drove in two runs with a double in the seventh inning.

United States 16 New Zealand 1

The United States ignited for eight runs in the first, banging out 17 hits in the game to send New Zealand to their second slaughter.  Brice Turang had a perfect 4 for 4 day to up his tournament average to .750.  He drove in four runs and scored four, stealing three bases and falling a homerun shy of the cycle.  Mark Vientos also had a perfect day, going 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and two stolen bases.  Steven Williams booming bat contributed a double and triple in three at bats.

Taiwan 14 Czech Republic 4

Taiwan remained undefeated, using two six run innings to run away from the Czechs.  Tse-Hao Chiu slapped four hits from his leadoff spot, scoring three runs.  He had one of the nine stolen bases for the Taiwan team.

Panama 16 South Africa 1

Panama won their first game with a walk over of South Africa.  A nine run explosion in the fourth when the South African pitchers could not find the plate, walking seven and hitting one batter during the inning gift wrapped them the victory.  Juan Diego Crisp had a two run single in the 9-run outburst and Iraj Serrano stroked a two run double, two of his four runs driven in for the day.  Jaime Arauz worked five innings, not allowing a hit but giving up one unearned run in the first that scored after a throwing error.  Didier Vargas struck out the side in the sixth to complete the no hitter, the third of the tournament.  Panama coaxed 15 walks for the game.  Enrique Saldana was a perfect 4 for 4 for the day hitting at the bottom of the order for Panama.

Australia 14 Hong Kong 2

Australia remained undefeated in the tournament, scoring early to cruise over Hong Kong.  Matthew Beattie drove in three runs with a perfect 2 for 2 day, with a walk, hit by pitch and stolen base and Jess Williams drove in three runs from the lead off spot.  Justin Burke slapped around three hits to drive in two and he scored three times.

Argentina 16 Lithuania 1

An 11 run sixth inning when Argentina banged out 8 of their total 11 hits put the game out of reach for Lithuania.  Vicente Cruz threw a complete game one hitter for the five inning game.  Lucas Stalman and starting pitcher Cruz had four RBI games, with Stalman collecting a double and triple and Cruz bashing two triples.  The first four hitters in the lineup for Argentina each scored three times.

Mexico 19 Guatemala 0

Carlos Soto boomed one over the fence, finishing a triple short of the cycle and Isaac Paredes slammed two triples to keep Mexico undefeated.  Paredes and Soto finished the game with three RBIs each.

Three big games are on tap today.  Argentina will try to remain undefeated going against power house Venezuela.  Two undefeated teams will do battle with host Mexico playing against Taiwan and Cuba testing the mettle of Australia.  You can follow the games here:

Players like Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Aroldis Chapman, Yu Darvish, Shin Soo Choo and Buster Posey have done battle in these World Cup youth events.