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Day Three 15 and Under - Taiwan Upsets United States

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Some interesting games. Day three tends to test the depth of a team’s starting pitchers. Some of the scores confirm the depth is not good.

Taiwan 2 United States 1

Chen-Yi Hung pitched 5.1 innings of one run ball as Taiwan handed the United States their first loss. Both teams move to 2-1, tied for second place behind Panama. Hung also delivered with the bat, doubling to lead off the fifth to score the first run of the game. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored after an error by secondbaseman David Diaz. Luke Leto got the United States back in the game with a leadoff single in the sixth. He stole second, advanced to third on a ground ball and scored on a fly ball. The go ahead run scores on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth.

The United States put two runners on in the top of the seventh but Shan-Tsung Peng got the final out to earn the victory. Kao-Hsiang Tsai was a perfect 2 for 2 including one walk. He scored the go ahead run in the sixth after leading the inning off with a single.

Netherlands 18 South Africa 2

The Netherlands won their first game while South Africa became one of two teams without a win. Jesse Velders drove in four runs and Jurrangelo Cijntje drove in three to lead the offense. Donovan Antonia knocked one out and scored three runs. Netherlands banged out 17 hits on the day and South Africa committed five errors to help with all that scoring. The game was done after five innings, though South Africa had a 2-0 lead after one inning.

China 5 Germany 4

China also won their first game. Germany is still winless but they scored their first four runs of the tournament. China got 4.2 solid innings from Ruo-Fei Ding, who walked five but allowed only two runs to cross the plate. After Germany had tied the game at 2-2 Jian-Cuo Luozang ripped a double to score the go ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Germany scored two runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying run on third when Yu-Chen Wang got his only whiff in his 2.1 innings of work to earn his victory.

Dominican Republic 20 Australia 8

Not much of a pitcher’s duel. Oscar Aude drove in six runs, including hitting a grand slam homerun in the third inning. Esterlyn Sanchez and Deyvison de los Santos also went deep for the Dominicans. Manuel Beltre was a perfect 4 for 4 and scored four times. Ten of the 20 hits for the Dominicans went for extra bases.

Australia got a homerun from James Nati. Early errors by the Aussies allowed the Dominicans to tack on seven unearned runs in the first two innings.

Panama 7 Brazil 3

Panama became the only undefeated team other than Cuba in the tournament. Panama was only able to accumulate four hits in the game but they strung together three of them in the 5 run fourth to seal the victory. A couple errors, two walks and multiple wild pitches also contributed to the Panama scoring. Kenin Pinto pitched 5.1 innings allowing two hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked two.

Cuba 9 Japan 7

A mild upset here. It appears a lot of the 15 year old stars have not left the island yet, but if they continue to play well in Panama there will be boats waiting for them outside their hotel doors. Cuba scored seven runs in the first two innings to nip Japan. Frank Gonzalez drove in three runs and scored three times to lead the offense. Kevin Rosales retired all seven hitters he faced in closing out the game to get the win.

Japan had tied the score 7-7 after five innings on a solo homerun from Reiya Saka. Kevin Alcolea got the big hit for Cuba, a two run double in the sixth inning to give Cuba the lead they would not relinquish. Japan drops to 2-1 while Cuba goes to 3-0.

Favorites Pull Out Wins in 15 and Under World Cup

Friday, August 10th, 2018

There were no surprises in the 15 and under World Cup on the first day, though host Panama surprised Taiwan in the night game 9-1. Below are the summaries for some of the earlier games.

Brazil 10 Germany 0

Brazil used three different pitchers to no hit Germany in the opener. The game ended after six innings because of the slaughter rule. Pedro Lemos de Costa worked the first four plus innings walking three and whiffing six. Kawan Silva de Araujo got the last two outs in the fifth getting credit for the win. Denis Silva pitched the sixth inning to complete the no hitter.

Gabriel Gomez was the big bat for Brazil with three RBIs. He contributed a double and two walks in his four at bats.

Japan 4 Australia 2

Japan got six shutout innings from Kyosuke Kuroyanagi (3.1) and Shinnosuke Kanai (2.2) to get their win. Australia rallied for two in the ninth to make the game close. Leadoff hitter Asahi Hanada crossed the plate twice, which proved to be the difference in the game.

United States 27 China 0

China committed 10 errors in the five inning game and their pitchers walked 9 in the United States battering of China. 17 of the 27 runs were considered unearned. Joshua Hartle drove in six runs with a single and two doubles in five at bats. Davis Diaz crossed the plate four times without benefit of a hit, walking twice.

Cuba 5 Netherlands 1

Cuba scored three runs in the opening frame to lead them to their opening day victory. Edgar Quero drove in two runs on two hits to earn Cuba the victory. Brander Guevara got the win, striking out seven in five innings of work.

Dominican Republic 5 South Africa 3

Ronny Polanco hit the first homerun of the event driving in three runs to prove the difference in the game. Dominican Republic pitchers did not allow a hit in the game, but walked 8 to provide South Africa with all their offense. Cristofer Gomez pitched 2.2 innings of perfect shutout relief to close out the game.

Panama 9 Taiwan 1

It was a bit of a surprise how easily Panama destroyed baseball power Taiwan. Carlos Gonzalez was a homerun shy of the cycle, driving in two and scoring two runs. Leonardo Bernal had a perfect 2 for 2 day with three RBIs to lead Panama. Taiwan scored their lone run in the seventh inning

United States Downs Cuba

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

The United States collegiate national team went down to Havana, Cuba and beat the Cubans three out of four. After limiting the Cubans to one run in the first three games the Cubans broke out in the final game to win 15-4.

Drew Parrish got the start in game one and faced just one hitter over the minimum in his five innings of work. He gave up one hit and struck out five. The Cubans scored their lone run in the ninth inning when they strung together three hits to close the score to 5-1. Adley Rutschman banged two doubles and a single to lead the United States offense. Josh Jung scored twice and Bryson Stott drove in two.

In the second game Zack Hess limited the Cubans to three hits in four innings. Jake Agnos followed Hess and faced the minimum 12 batters in his four innings of work. Max Meyer finished with a perfect ninth in the 3-0 win. Dominic Fletcher had the big hit for the U.S. team with a two run double in their three run second. Yudier Rodriguez worked six innings of shutout ball for the Cubans, striking out seven and giving up just four hits.

Mason Feole pitched four innings of two hit shutout ball in the United States second consecutive shutout of Cuba, this one a 2-0 win. The United States scored both their runs in the sixth on back to back homeruns from Daniel Cabrera and Andrew Vaughn.

The Cubans saved all their hits for the fourth game, stringing together 17 hits against five different United States pitchers. That is more than the 12 hits they put together in their first three games. Veteran Federich Cepeda and Guillermo Aviles each went deep for Cuba, driving in three runs apiece. Yordan Manduley and Yurisbel Gracial also drove in three runs for Cuba. Zach Watson homered for the United States team in the 15-4 loss.

United States Wins College Series Over Japan

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Japan did not seem to be bothered by jet lag in the opening game of the series, taking the United States 1-0. Yukiya Ito strung together three hits including an RBI single in the sixth to drive in the only run of the game. Masato Morishita blanked the United States for five innings on one hit, picking up the win. Four different relievers followed to complete the shutout.

The United States returned the favor in day two with their 1-0 win. Josh Jung roped an RBI triple in the ninth to earn the 1-0 victory. Zack Hess pitched three innings of perfect ball, striking out four of the nine hitters he faced. Four other pitchers followed and restricted the Japanese hitters to just two hits. Wataru Matsamoto pitched an excellent game, going seven innings and striking out 16 United States hitters.

The two teams brought out the bats in the United States 3-1 win in game three. Neither team could collect an extra base hit. The United States scored their first run on a double steal in the second inning when the catcher threw the ball in the outfield and a runner scored. In the third inning the United States scored another run on two Japanese errors, a failed pick off attempt and a wild throw from the second baseman to third that allowed Zach Watson to score.

Zack Watson started the rally in the eighth with a single and moved to third on two ground outs. He scored on a wild pitch. The United States scored three times but not one player was credited with an RBI. Japan scored their only run in the fifth on a wild pitch. Zach Watson led all hitters with three hits and two runs scored.

The United States clinched the series with a 7-6 win in game four. Wataru Masamato was not so effective in his second start, though he began the game with five shutout innings. He gave up three runs in the sixth to allow the United States to tie the game 3-3. Japan scored the first three runs in the third. Motoki Mukoyama started the inning hitting the first homerun of the series with a lead off homerun off Andre Pallante. Teruaki Sato chased Pallante with his RBI double to drive in the third run of the inning.

The United States waited until the sixth inning to score off Masamato. A two run homerun from Bryson Stott finished the game for Masamato and tied the game 3-3. The United States added two more runs in the seventh on a two run double from Andrew Vaughn. Dominic Fletcher smashed a two run homer in the eighth. Japan scored one in the eighth and took advantage of two United States errors to score two in the ninth to close to within one. With the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first Max Meyer was able to retire the last hitter on a pop up to earn a sloppy save.

Japan salvaged the last game 4-3 winning it in extra innings. With two runners placed on first and second Japan bunted the runners over a base and Takashi Imino ended the game with a sacrifice fly to center field. Yukiya Ito drove in two runs with a double in the first, Bryson Stott drove in two runs with a single in the fourth. The United States out hit Japan 15-4 but stranded 16 men on base, including not scoring in the tenth and eleventh innings when they put two runners on base.

United States Sweeps Taiwan in Collegiate Series

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

The United States collegiate baseball team swept Taiwan in a five game series. All of the games were competitive with the United States not scoring more than four runs in any of the games. All the games were played in Cary, North Carolina with one game played in Durham.

In the first game the United States won 3-2, a foursome of United States pitchers not allowing a hit to Taiwan until the eighth inning when Taiwan scored two runs. Daniel Cabrera drove in two runs, an RBI single in the fourth and a solo shot in the seventh, the only home run of the series. Matt Meyer struck out the first two hitters in the ninth but a single, two walks and a two run single by Po Ting Hsiao brought Taiwan to within one. With the tying run on second Meyer struck out the next hitter to preserve the win. The United States pitchers combined to strike out 14 hitters.

The United States pitchers were strong again in game two, limiting the Taiwan offense to two hits and no runs in the first eight innings. Daniel Cabrera drove in his third RBI of the series with a bases loaded walk in the third inning. A ground out drove in the second run in the inning. In the ninth the United States scored their third run on a wild pitch. A line out double play after Taiwan scored their first run in the ninth ended the game.

In the third game the United States won again 3-1. Taiwan finally scored a run in an inning other than the ninth. Graeme Stinson struck out seven of the nine hitters he faced, but a walk, passed ball and single in the seventh gave Taiwan their only run. Shea Langeliers strung together three hits, starting the fourth inning with a double and scoring on a Zach Watson single and in the fifth delivering an RBI single for the third United States run.

The fourth game was a bit of a slugfest with the United States winning 4-2. The United States scored all their runs in the third inning, Daniel Cabrera driving in two with a single. Taiwan rallied for two runs in the fifth. Tzu Chieh Lin led all players with three hits. Max Meyer closed it out for the United States striking out three of the four hitters he faced in the ninth.

The United States completed the sweep in game five with a 4-1 win. A three run second put the game out of reach. Daniel Cabrera started the inning with a single. Patrick Bailey got his first start of the series and drove in all three runs in the inning with a double.

United States 18 and Under Team Dominates MLB Draft

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Last year in Thunder Bay Canada the United States 18 and under team won the gold medal, defeating Korea 8-0 for their fourth consecutive gold. Matthew Liberatore pitched six shutout innings in the game to get the win. Triston Casas drove in three runs with a double and homerun to trigger the offense. Brice Turang made the first team as a shortstop, Alek Thomas and Michael Siani made it as outfielders and Ethan Hankins was named the top starting pitcher. Major league teams were paying attention. Ten players on the United States 2017 18 and under World Cup team were drafted in the first round by major league teams. Only 16 high school players were taken in the first round, and that does not include Canadian Noah Taylor, who played for Canada’s 18 and under team and was drafted in the first round by the Indians giving them two world cup stars.

Below are the ten players taken in the first round of the major league draft:

6. Jarred Kelenic (OF) Mets - first high school player selected in draft
7. Ryan Weathers (LHP) Padres - didn’t allow a run in 9.2 innings. Won two games.
16. Matthew Liberatore (LHP) Rays - won championship game, 2-0 with 0.00 ERA in 12 innings
19. Nolan Gorman (3B) Cardinals
21. Brice Turang (SS) Brewers - Hit .364 and made all-tournament team as shortstop
23. Anthony Siegler (C) Yankees
26. Triston Casas (3B) Red Sox - drove in 13 runs and voted MVP of the tournament
27. Mason Denaburg (RHP) Nationals
30. J.T. Ginn (RHP) Dodgers
35. Ethan Hankins (RHP) Indians - Voted top pitcher with 27 whiffs in 12 innings

Alek Thomas, who made the all tournament team as an outfielder was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the second round (63rd pick) and Mike Siani who also made the all tournament team was drafted in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Reds (109th pick).

Ryan Rolison, who played on the 2015 18 and under team was drafted in the first round (22nd pick) by the Colorado Rockies as a lefthanded pitcher out of Ole Miss.

Countries Established for Women’s Baseball World Cup

Friday, March 30th, 2018

The Women’s Baseball World Cup will be held at Space Coast Stadium in Vierra, Florida from August 22 -31. The following teams have qualified to compete in this tournament. Japan is the class of the group (rankings in parenthesis).

Asia - Japan (1), Taiwan (6), South Korea (7), Hong Kong (10)

Americas - Canada (2), United States (3), Venezuela (5), Cuba (9), Dominican Republic (NR), Puerto Rico (NR)

Europe - Netherlands (8)

Oceania - Australia (4)

United States New Number One

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

With their win in the World Baseball Classic the United States has ended the three year reign of Japan and taken over the number one spot in baseball, according to the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC). With the top 12 teams qualifying for the Premier 12 in 2019 myworld will list the top 13 teams as ranked by the WBSC. Mexico sitting at number five has never been ranked higher.

1. United States (5025 points)
2. Japan (4609 points)
3. South Korea (4158 points)
4. Cuba (3152 points)
5. Mexico (2613 points)
6. Taiwan (2520 points)
7. Canada (2142 points)
8. Australia (2095 points)
9. Netherlands (2002 points)
10. Puerto Rico (1796 points)
11. Venezuela (1765 points)
12. Dominican Republic (1227 points)
13. Nicaragua (1155 points)

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Japan Retains Number One Ranking in Baseball

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The United States earned more points than any other country in 2017 but it was not enough to surpass Japan for the number one ranking. For the third year in a row Japan is the number one ranked country in baseball. They earned the second most points in baseball last year and now lead the United States by 244 points. The 2018 season will be difficult for the United States to surpass Japan since they are not participating in the Under 23 Baseball World Cup in Nicaragua in October, one of the two tournaments that hand out the most points for the 2018 season. In a couple weeks the rankings could shuffle as points from 2014 expire, but if the United States should surpass Japan because of subtracted points their reign will be short.

Below are the top 12 teams in baseball, plus number 13 waiting to crack into the top 12. The top 12 teams will qualify for the Premier 12, which is the third most prestigious baseball tournament after the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic.

1. Japan (5658 points)
2. United States (5414 points)
3. Korea (4950 points)
4. Taiwan (3808 points)
5. Cuba (3677 points)
6. Mexico (3012 points)
7. Australia (2634 points)
8. Netherlands (2377 points)
9. Venezuela (2363 points)
10. Canada (2142 points)
11. Puerto Rico (1827 points)
12. Italy (1686 points)

13. Nicaragua (1636 points)

Nicaragua to Host U-23 WBSC Championship; Panama Under 15

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Nicaragua will host the Under 23 WBSC championship in 2018, playing the games at the newly constructed 15,000 seat Dennis Martinez stadium at a date yet to be determined. Despite all the points awarded for this event the No 2 United States and No 5 Cuba will not be playing in the tournament. The United States did not play in the qualifying round, while Cuba did not qualify. Below are the teams who have qualified for the games:

Africa (1) - to be determined
Americas (4) - No. 9 Venezuela, No. 6 Mexico, No. 11 Puerto Rico, No. 16 Dominican Republic
Asia (3) - No1. Japan, No.4 Taiwan and No. 3 South Korea
Europe (2) - No. 8 Netherlands, No. 14 Czech Republic
Oceania (1) - to be determined
Wildcard (1) - No 13 Nicaragua

The Under 15 Hosts will be Panama. The teams competing in that tournament are:

Africa (1) - to be determined
Americas (5) - No. 2 United States, No. 16 Dominican Republic, No. 5 Cuba, No. 15 Panama, No. 18 Brazil
Asia (2) - No. 1 Japan and No. 4 Taiwan
Europe (2) - No. 20 Germany and No. 8 Netherlands
Oceania (1) - to be determined