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Netherlands Wins the Eruopean Championship

Monday, September 16th, 2019

The Netherlands wins the European championship defeating Italy 5-1 for their third consecutive European championship. The European Olympic qualifiers play this week with the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Israel all qualifying. In a critical game Czech Republic beat Germany 4-3 to become the fifth European team to qualify. South Africa is the lone African representative to play in the European/African qualifier for the Olympics.

Netherlands 5 Italy 1

Kalian Sams hit a grand slam homerun in the fourth inning and one out later John Polonius hit a solo shot to give the Netherlands an early 5-0 lead. Donny Breek coughed up a solo shot by Alberto Mineo in the fifth. He finished his outing after a two out walk in the fifth. Four different relief pitchers came on to shut out Italy for the remaining 4.1 innings.

Czech Republic 4 Germany 3

This game was critical because it determined the fifth European representative in the Europe/Africa qualifier for the Olympics. Martin Cervenka got the big hit for the Czechs with a three run homer in the third inning to erase a 2-0 German lead. After Germany tied it in the sixth it was a Martin Schneider solo shot in the 8th that put the Czechs up for good.

Germany loaded the bases in the 9th inning with no outs on two walks and a bunt single. The Czechs were able to pull a 6-2-5 double play to get two out and retired the last hitter on a pop up to escape with a victory.

Spain 16 Israel 11

Israel hit five homeruns and Spain just four, but Spain outhit Israel 20 to 11. It was nine inning batting practice.

World Cup 18 and Under - Super Round Teams Determined

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

They played the rainout games yesterday. After those games a couple of teams advancing to the Super Round were determined. Surprisingly, only one team goes into the Super Round undefeated, and that is Australia, who lost two games in Group A. Both those games were to teams that did not advance to the Super Round, so they did not have to carry their losses. Korea and Canada also advanced from Group A, but even though they finished first and second in the Group Australia bounced ahead of them in the Super Round because they beat them in pool play. Korea goes into the Super Round 1-1 and Canada 0-2.

From Group B the three 4-1 teams advance, Japan, United States and Taiwan. But because Japan beat the United States, Taiwan beat Japan and the United States beat Taiwan, each team goes into the Super Round 1-1.

Australia 7 Canada 6

This was the biggest win for Australia in the tournament. A loss would have meant elimination from the Super Round. This may have been the first game in which the Australian starting pitcher did not pitch well. William Sherriff pitched four shutout innings to start the game. In the fifth inning Elijha Hammill rocked him for a two run double and Micah McDowell blasted a two run homer to give Canada a 4-2 lead. Australia fought their way back on a 3-run double from Byron Armstrong in the top of the sixth to put them up by one. Both teams traded two spots in the eighth. In the ninth Australia had a runner thrown out at home after a base hit. In the bottom frame Canada put the tying run at third with two out but could not score.

Netherlands 10 China 6

Netherlands kept their hopes of a Super Round alive with their win. At 3-2 they finished in a three way tie for second with Canada and Australia. Only two of the three teams could advance and Netherlands lost in the tie breaker. Darryl Collins and Max Kops each drove in three runs for Netherlands.

United States 5 Panama 3

The United States had already clinched a spot in the Super Round and a loss would not carry over since Panama had already been eliminated. The United States scored early to take a 5-0 lead and then held on to claim the victory. Robert Hassell and Nolan Mclean each hit two run homers in the win. Colby Halter went 4 for 4 for the United States and was matched by Jose Ramos from Panama who also went 4 for 4.

Spain 16 South Africa 8

Spain played some competitive baseball, but had already been eliminated from appearing in the Super Round. That did not stop their bats from working. Frank Hernandez finished 6 for 6, driving in six runs to lead the Spanish offense. Leadoff hitter Jostin Castillo went 4 for 5, scoring four times and driving in three runs.

Final Standings for Pool Play

Group A

Korea 4-1, Canada 3-2, Australia 3-2, Netherlands 3-2, Nicaragua 2-3, China 0-5

Group B

Japan 4-1, Taiwan 4-1, United States 4-1, Spain 2-3, Panama 1-4, South Africa 0-5

Super Round Standings

Australia 2-0, Japan 1-1, Korea 1-1, United States 1-1, Taiwan 1-1, Canada 0-2

18 and Under World Cup - Day 4

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

The weather cooperated a little to get all the games in. No real major surprises on this day.

Netherlands 4 Australia 3

The Netherlands put themselves in the race for the Super Round with the win over Australia putting both teams in a tie for third at 2-2. Solomon Maguire hit a big two run homerun for Australia in the bottom of the ninth to pull Australia to within one. Arij Franson came on to retire the last two hitters to pick up the save. The Netherlands got a big hit from Nathaniel Bentura in the fourth inning with his three run homerun to give the Netherlands an early 3-0 lead.

Except for the three run homer, Liam Evans pitched seven innings for Australia, striking out 10.

United States 8 Spain 3

The United States rallied for six runs in the seventh to overcome a 3-2 deficit. Milan Tolentino got the big hit in the inning with a two run single to close out the scoring. The United States scored two runs prior to that single with two bases loaded walks.

Korea 7 China 2

The hosts put themselves in first place in Group A with their win over China. Park Ju-hong slugged a two run homer in the sixth and Hyun Won-Hoe contributed a 2-run double in the second to lead the offense. Oh Won-seok pitched a perfect three innings, striking out five of the nine hitters he faced in the start.

Canada 9 Nicaragua 0

Jack Seward was a little wild, walking six in 5.2 innings. He gave up just four hits. Nicaragua could not cross home plate, but they did strand 12 runners on the day. Noah Hull hit a two run homer in the second and slashed an RBI single in the ninth.

Japan 5 Panama 1

The drizzle shortened this game to six innings. Junya Nisha pitched a six inning complete game, giving up just one unearned run. Takaya Ishikawa blasted a 3-run homer in the fifth to give Panama a large deficit they were unable to overcome. Panama drops to 1-3 in Group B and Japan improves to 4-1 to take over the top spot.

Taiwan 15 South Africa 0

Taiwan stays tied with Japan for first place in Group B, but head to head they are ahead of them. Chen Chih-Chieh pitched four innings of no hit ball. Lo Wie-Chieh blasted two triples with three runs scored and three RBIs to lead the offense in a shortened five inning game.

Under 18 World Cup - Day Three

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

After 18 straight wins the four time defending champion United States suffers a loss. Japan took batting practice against the United States pitching staff, scoring 16 runs. Canada and Nicaragua also took their first losses leaving Japan as the only undefeated team in the tournament.

Japan 16 United States 7

The Japanese bats were ruthless, scoring 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to seal their victory. Down 11-1 the United States got to 11-7 going into the bottom of the seventh but that was as close as they got. The eight and nine hitters in the Japanese lineup, Haruki Yokoyama and Shoma Sakashita delivered seven RBIs between them. Yokoyama had an RBI walk and hit by pitch and sealed the win with a momentum breaking solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh. Sakashita drove in two runs in the fourth with a single and again two more runs in the eighth with a single. Toyo Kumada also drove in four runs.

Korea 8 Canada 5

Korea recovered from their 1-0 loss to Australia to give Canada their first loss. The first seven hitters in their lineup delivered hits in their six run explosion in the first. Canada could not recover after that. They did bring the tying run to the plate in Micah McDowell in the ninth inning but he grounded out to second to end the game.

Netherlands 4 Nicaragua 2

Nicaragua lost their first game to the winless Dutch team. The Netherlands received three RBIs from Darryl Collins. Darryl got the scoring started with a two run homer in the first. He also added a sacrifice fly in the two run fourth. Arij Fransen closed out the ninth inning to pick up the save.

Samuel Mendoza kept Nicaragua in the game with 4.2 innings of shutting out ball.

Australia 13 China 2

Australia took over first place in pool A with their rout of China. They got another solid pitching performance from their starters, this one from Brandan Bidois, who allowed just one hit in his six innings of work. Australia put the game away with a six run second inning. Byron Armstrong drove in three runs and Jaylin Rae crossed the plate three times to lead the offense.

Taiwan 5 Spain 4

Yu-Min Lin pitched 6.2 innings of one hit ball to lead Taiwan to their second win. Spain rallied for three runs in the eighth but they came up short. Yu Chien struck out the side in the ninth inning to secure the victory for Taiwan. Hao-Yu Lee led the offense with two doubles.

18 and Under World Cup - Day 2

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

The games were more competitive yesterday but there were a couple upsets on the day. The big game will be on the third day when the United States plays Japan.

Australia 1 Korea 0

The hosts were stung by the second straight excellent pitching performance from the Australian starting pitchers. This time it was Lachlan Waite who shutout the Korean bats for six innings. Unlike the previous day, the Aussie bullpen was up to the task, finishing off the last three innings without allowing Korea to score. Korea had some fielding issues, committing four errors, one of those scoring in the fourth inning on a Solomon Maguire RBI single to account for the only run of the game.

Korean starting pitcher Heo Yun-Dong was almost unhittable, striking out 10 in his 5.2 innings of work, but he was hurt by one of the four Korean errors.

Spain 12 Panama 3

Spain looks tough. Their bats pounded Panama for seven runs in the first two innings and rode that to victory. Justin Castillo launched the first four bagger for the tournament, a two run homer in the sixth inning. He finished the day 3 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Ruben Fernandez got the big hit with his three run double in the first inning. Fernandez drove in both runs against Japan the previous day when Spain almost pulled the upset. This was the first win for Spain and hit Panama with their first loss.

Japan 19 South Africa 0

Japan roughed up South Africa, scoring runs in all six innings. Sota Asada no hit South Africa for the first five innings, striking out eight. Yuki Hayashi completed the no hitter in the sixth and final inning of the game. Junya Nishi drove in eight with a three run homer in the fourth and a two run homer in the sixth. He also added a two run single in the fifth.

United States 8 Taiwan 1

The United States stayed undefeated, knocking Taiwan to their first loss. The United States scored five of their eight runs in their last two innings to put the finishing touches on the game. Tyler Soderstrom drove in three, his only hit of the game a big two run double in the eighth.

Canada 11 Netherlands 0

Canada scored all their runs in the two middle innings to retire the Dutch in seven. Connor O’Halloran threw six innings of shutout ball. Ryan Leitch and Owen Diodati each went deep for Canada and drove in two runs and scored twice. The Dutch pitchers walked 10 hitters in the game, contributing to the Canadians victory. Canada only needed five hits to score their 11 runs, two of those hits traveling over the fence.

Nicaragua 6 China 3

Nicaragua remained undefeated with their win over China. A four run second proved to be the difference in the game. Yeffry Montiel and Felipe Aguilar each contributed two run doubles in the inning to contribute to the win.

Shen-Gao Yang hit two doubles to account for two of the three runs for China, scoring twice.

World Cup 18 and Under - Days One

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Myworld has been a bit busy with two a days in volleyball so the blogging has taken a hit. But the 18 and under World Cup has completed two days. Below are the results from the first day. There were no homeruns hit the first day but a lot of close games.

Canada 17 China 3

T.J. Schofield went a perfect 4 for 4, driving in four runs and scoring two as Canada cruised in their opener. Austin Gomm also drove in four runs with a double and triple. China scored three runs in the fourth to pull to within 5-3 but Canada erupted for 12 runs in the next two innings to put the game away.

Taiwan 4 Panama 1

Panama proved pesky trailing by only one run until Taiwan scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to give themselves some breathing room. Tsai Chia-Yen scored twice and drove in a run in the eighth with a double. He scored the first run in the third after hitting a two out triple. Chen Po-Yu worked six innings and gave up just one run, that run scoring on a balk in the sixth. Yu Chien pitched two shutout innings to earn the save, striking out four.

Japan 4 Spain 2

Japan had to rally for four in the eighth to sneak out a victory over a tough team from Spain. Justin Luna had shutout the Japanese for the first seven innings, allowing just two hits. When Spain went to their bullpen Japan erupted for four runs. All the runs were unearned after a two out error extended the eighth inning. After the error Yuya Nirasawa drove in the first run with an RBI single. Takaya Ishikawa tied the game with a single and Jo Endo gave the Japanese the lead with his two run double. Shuto Iizuka worked the ninth to pick up the save.

Ruben Fernandez drove in both runs for Spain with a two run triple in the fourth.

Nicaragua 3 Australia 2

Yeffry Montiel broke a 1-1 tie with a two run single in the ninth. Chris Burke hit his second double of the game and scored after a wild pitch and ground out pulled Australia to one. Samuel Mendoza was able to retire the last two hitters on ground outs to secure the victory. William Sherriff pitched eight strong innings for Australia, allowing just the one run and striking out nine.

Both runs Nicaragua scored in the ninth were unearned after a two out error by Australia extended the inning.

United States 11 South Africa o

Kyle Harrison pitched 5.1 shutout innings to earn the victory. He gave up two hits and struck out nine. Leadoff hitter Robert Hassell scored four runs and drove in two. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Tyler Soderstrom drove in three. The United States scored in every inning but the fourth in a game shortened to seven innings by the slaughter rule.

Korea 5 Netherlands 4

It took 10 innings but the hosts were able to squeak past a stubborn Netherlands team. The Netherlands rallied for four runs in the eighth to tie the game. Despite putting a runner on first and second to start the 10th Netherlands could not score. Korea was able to get their run across after a single by Min Park loaded the bases and Ju-Hong Park drove him in with a SF.

Hyeong-jun So pitched six shutout innings for Korea. The Netherlands were able to score their four runs off the Korean bullpen. Ji-Chan Kim was 4 for 5 with two stolen bases and one run scored for Japan.

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.

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.

World Cup Under 12 Day Three - Venezuela Upset by Mexico

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

It is day three in Taiwan at the under 12 World Cup. After Venezuela upset the United States, Mexico comes back and upsets Venezuela. Cuba was able to get their first win of the tournament, but it was against Fiji. The big game, the undefeated Koreans against the United States could not be played because of weather delays. After three days of play the only two undefeated teams are Japan at 3-0 in group one and Korea at 2-0 in group two.

Mexico 10 Venezuela 6

Mexico put themselves in a good spot with a win over Venezuela, moving them to 2-1. They restricted the big Venezuelan bat Leonel Dominguez to just one single in three at bats. In his previous two games he had gone 5 for 5 with four homeruns. Venezuela did jump out to a 3-0 lead but Mexico bounced back with five runs in the bottom of the first. A four run third gave them a nice cushion. Sebastion Baquera drove in two runs and scored twice on a 2 for 2 day with one double and a walk. Uriel Torres also drove in two runs for Mexico.

For Venezuela Johan Fernandez went deep with a solo shot in the fourth.

Japan 7 Taiwan 4

In a rivalry game, the two undefeateds from Group one did battle and Japan came out on top. Shosei Takahashi showed his pop with two homeruns, two run blasts in the first and third innings. He finished the day 3 for 3 and is now batting .714 for the tournament with two doubles and two homeruns.

Italy 6 Australia 4

In what could be a mild upset, Italy achieved their first win, sending Australia to 0-3. Six Aussie errors led to four unearned runs. Joshua Nati had a big day for Australia with his RBI double and two run homer driving in three of the four Aussie runs. Nati also started giving up four runs, one earned in his 3.1 innings of work. In addition to taking advantage of the errors the Italian bats peppered the Aussie pitching staff with nine singles. Riccardo Mazzanti pitched the last 3.2 innings, giving up two runs but striking out eight.

Czech Republic 21 South Africa 4

In their second game the Czech Republic was able to pick on Fiji. Yesterday it was South Africa. The Czechs collected 16 hits in the win to go 2-1. The big bat was replacement catcher Kristyna El Ghannamova who went 3 for 3 with a double, a homerun and four RBIs. So far in this tournament no team has found a way to get Kristyna out. Kristyna is 6 for 6 with 7 RBIs. Matyas Hasal scored three runs in the game and has now scored 8 runs in his last two games. He is batting .833 with five consecutive hits. He also pitched three innings to get the win.

Cuba 27 Fiji 1

The Cubans needed only three innings to score all their runs to get their first win. Johan Rodriguez went 5 for 5 from the leadoff spot, scoring four runs and driving in four with three doubles. Alejandro Cruz followed him in the lineup and went 4 for 5 with 5 RBIs, a double and two triples. The Cubans combined for six triples in the game.

Fiji actually had the lead in the game after scoring one in the top of the first. Cuba dispelled any hope of an upset and an 0-3 start with a seven spot in the bottom frame. The 15 run second put the game out of reach.