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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.

India Constructs First Baseball Field

Friday, February 24th, 2017

India has constructed its first baseball field, six acres of green that will host five international trainers to improve the Indians baseball skills. The Co-founder of Grand Slam Baseball Raunag Sahni helped support the development of the field along with major league baseball and Play Global.

It may also one day be used to host the West Asia baseball tournament, which is currently being played and hosted by Pakistan. Six teams are entered in the tournament, India, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Nepal, Iran and Pakistan. The winner of the tournament will compete in the Asia Baseball Championships held this year. Pakistan is the defending champ of the West Asia baseball tournament, but there skill level still falls far below that of Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

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.

Israel Advances to Winner’s Bracket with Shutout

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Israel 1 Brazil 0

Runs were scarce in the winner’s bracket match. Corey Baker pitched five innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and three walks to set the stage for Israel in their shutout win over Brazil. Four other pitchers extended the shutout with Brad Goldberg retiring the side in order in the ninth to rack up the save.

Bo Takahashi threw the first four innings for Brazil and allowed the only run of the game. Murilo Gouvea relieved Takahashi and silenced the Israeli bats for three innings.

Nate Freiman delivered a lead off double in the fourth inning that led to the only run. An error by first baseman Dante Bichette moved Freiman to third where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Decker.

Brazil rallied in the 8th with back to back two out singles but came up short. Ryan Sherriff came on in relief of Jeremy Bleich to retire the last hitter of the inning.

Great Britain 14 Pakistan 0

Not much of a game here with a six run fifth putting the game out of reach. Champ Stuart drove in three runs and Albert Cartwright crossed the plate three times, hitting two triples to lead the Brit offense. Pakistan could not overcome 14 hits and 8 walks.

Brazil and Israel Win WBC Qualifier Openers in Brooklyn

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The last qualifier country is being determined in Brooklyn this weekend. Brazil and Israel got off to good starts.

Brazil 10 Pakistan 0

Pakistan is the only country of the four who have no players in the minor leagues in the United States. They are coming here to compete and learn to get better. Brazil trounced them in the opener 10-0 in a game shortened to seven innings because of the slaughter rule. Jean Tome pitched 5.1 innings of three hit ball to quiet the Pakistan bats. Juan Carlos Muniz smashed a two run homerun in the fifth inning to extend the lead for Brazil from 4-0 to 6-0. Pakistan got a good lesson in the game today.

Israel 5 Great Britain 2

Michael Roth pitched a great game for Great Britain, working six innings of one run ball and departing with a 2-1 lead. When the Brits went to their bullpen the Israeli bats came alive.

The first two hitters Rhett Wiseman (single) and Scott Burcham (double) ripped hits off reliever Vaughn Harris. Mike Meyers hit a fly ball out deep enough to left field to score Wiseman and tie the game up. Zach Borenstein lined a single to right field to give Israel a 3-2 lead. Israel scored two more insurance runs when Ike Davis singled and Cody Decker hit a sacrifice fly to up the lead to 5-2.

Great Britain had just taken the lead in the top of the seventh after a Champ Stuart double with a wild pitch advancing him to third. Todd Isaacs drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Brad Goldberg came on in the ninth to close out the game. He walked the leadoff hitter and then coughed up a double to Isaacs to put runners on second and third with no out. After a visit to the mound Goldberg ended the game with a popup and two strikeouts.

Great Britain will play Pakistan in a losers bracket game while Brazil faces off against Israel in the winners bracket contest. The winner of the losers bracket game will play the loser of the winners bracket contest.

Women’s World Cup Results - Day Two and Three

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Pool play was completed and the one surprise is the United States elimination from the super round.

Day Two

United States 2 Taiwan 1

The United States scraped out a victory over Taiwan, a two run homer by Megan Baltzwell proving the difference. Marti Sementelli limited the Taiwan bats to four hits and one run for the first six innings and Jade Gortarez retired the side in order in the seventh to pick up the save.

Korea 4 Cuba 3

The host country scored three in the sixth to steal a victory over Cuba. Sel Yang Lee collected three hits in three at bats to drive in one run to help Korea secure the victory.

Venezuela 18 Pakistan 1

A 10 run first inning spelled doom for the Pakistanis. The Venezuelans emptied their bench after that.

Japan 12 Netherlands 0

Japan spanked the Netherlands, three different pitchers limiting the Dutch hitters to one hit in five innings. Mana Taguchi drove in four runs to lead the offense.

Canada 18 India 4

Canada scored 7 in the first inning and 9 in the fifth to put this game out of reach. Daniella Matteucci blasted three doubles to drive in two and score three times to fuel the Canadian offense. Katie Hagen survived a rough start, giving up three runs in the opening frame, but worked the full five innings to get the win.

Australia 13 Hong Kong 0

Australia easily handled Hong Kong scoring in all five innings. Kim McMillan went five innings to get the shut out.

Day 3

Australia 10 United States 2

The Aussies punished the United States team for 14 hits in their surprise win, knocking the United States out of the super round. Tammy McMillan sported the big bat with two hits and a sacrifice fly to drive in four runs. Abbey Kelly was two outs away from a complete game victory before running into trouble in the seventh.

Cuba 15 Pakistan 0

Cuba got their first win stealing 19 bases in their four turns at bat. Yadira Boffil completed the five inning one hit shutout.

Japan 18 India 0

Japan scored crooked numbers in all four of their at bats. Miki Atsugase and Yukiko Kawabata each scored four runs in the rout. Kawabata also drove in four runs with her two doubles. Yurika Arisaka also drove in four runs and slammed the second homerun of the tournament.

Canada 7 Netherlands 1

Nicole Luchanski doubles twice and adds a triple to drive in two and score three runs to lead the Canadians to victory. Kelsey Lalor also drives in three runs with a triple. Amanada Asay went the full seven innings to get the win.

Taiwan 13 Hong Kong 3

Taiwan rolled over Hong Kong, Chia Wen Shen scampering for two triples to drive in two and score three from the lead off spot. Pei Jung Lin also added a triple to drive in three.

Venezuela 12 Korea 1

Venezuela sent their hosts down to their first defeat, putting the game away with a six run fourth. Osmari Garcia drove in four runs with her two hits.

Final standings after the first three days of pool play, top two teams advancing to the super round.

Group A

Venezuela (3-0), Korea (2-1), Cuba (1-2), Pakistan (0-3)

Group B

Japan (3-0), Canada (2-1), Netherlands (1-2), India (0-3)

Group C

Taiwan (2-1), Australia (2-1), United States (2-1), Hong Kong (0-3)

The teams advancing to the super round:

Taiwan (1-0), Japan (1-0), Venezuela (1-0), Australia (0-1), Canada (0-1), Korea (0-1)

The loss by Taiwan to the United States was negated when the United States did not advance to the super round. Only the results of the teams advancing to the super round count in the super round standings.

Women’s World Cup Results - Day One

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

The women began their baseball World Cup in Korea yesterday. The United States and Japan won their openers.

Japan 8 Canada 2

Canada jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but by scoring in the final five innings of the seven inning game Japan pulled out the victory. Leadoff hitter Ayako Rokaku scored three times on three hits from the lead off spot. She also stole three bases. Lori Miura stole five bases on two hits and two walks. Ayami Sato threw a complete game striking out 11.

United States 9 Hong Kong 1

The United States team scored early with six in the first two frames to rock Hong Kong. Malaika Underwood collected three hits to score three runs to lead the offense. She also stole three bases. Tamara Holmes connected for two doubles in three at bats to drive in two. Three different pitchers limited the Hong Kong gals to one hit.

Netherlands 9 India 3

Netherlands could only muster four hits, but eight walks assisted their offense. Sascha Egas drove in four runs collecting three of the four Dutch hits.

Korea 10 Pakistan 0

Yu-Ka Bae smashed three hits in three at bats to drive in two to lead Korea to an easy opening victory for the hosts.

Venezuela 12 Cuba 0

The Cuban women are not as strong as the men in their baseball skills and Venezuela took advantage of that, clobbering them in a game shortened to five innings. Astrid Rodriguez banged out three hits from the lead off spot and Ingrid Escobar scored three runs to lead the offense. Josefina Cuman finished with a complete game one hitter.

Taiwan 12 Australia 4

The Aussies usually bring a strong women’s baseball team but Taiwan put this game away with five in the seventh. Chia Hui Yang drove in three runs with two doubles in two at bats to help the Taiwan cause. Chia Wen Shen and Ya Ting Wen each scored three runs.

2017 WBC Pools Announced

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Below are the pools for the 2017 WBC held in March. The United States will have a tough haul to advance, placed in the same pool as the defending champion Dominican Republic.

Pool A (Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome March 7-10)

Australia, China, Cuba and Japan

Pool B (Seoul at Gocheok Skydome March 7-10)

Taiwan, South Korea, Netherlands (and winner of final WBC qualifier between Great Britain, Pakistan, Israel and Brazil)

Pool C (Miami at Marlins Park March 9-12)

Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic and United States

Pool D (Guadalajara, Mexico at Estadio Charros de Jalisco March 9-12)

Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

Second Round

Pool E (March 12-15 in Tokyo at Tokyo Dome)

Pool A winner and runner up and Pool B winner and runner up

Pool F (March 14 - 18 in San Diego at Petco Park)

Pool C winner and runner up and Pool D winner and runner up

Semifinals (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 20-21)

Pool F winner versus Pool E runner up and Pool E winner versus Pool F runner up

Championship (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 22)

Semifinal 1 winner versus semifinal 2 winner

Pakistan Roster for the WBC Qualifier

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Below is the roster for the Pakistan team in the WBC qualifier that will be held September 22-25 in Brooklyn. It is a roster that has no minor league ball players on their team, which will make it a challenge for them to win a game. This is their debut in WBC competition. They will be huge underdogs.

Right Handed Pitchers

Asrar Ahmad, Muhammad Asad, Muhammad Asir, Muhammad Bilal, Gulfam, Rehman Khalid, Inayat Khan, Tariq Nadeem, Syed Shah, Syed Sherazi, Dur Syed, Ihsan Ullah

Left Handed Pitchers

Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Zohaib

Catcher

Umair Bhatti, Hidayat Ullah

Infielders

Jawad Ali, Faqir Hussain, Arsalan Jamashaid, Muhammad Jamil, Arshad Khan, Zubair Nawaz

Outfielders

Adnan Butt, Saddam Hussain, Burhan Johar, Ubaid Ullah, Fazal Ur Rehman, Muhammad Zawar

European Teams Bounced out of Qualifiers

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The four European teams playing for a World Baseball Classic bid in qualifiers in Panama and Mexico were eliminated. Germany and Spain were the first to go. The Czech Republic and France were eliminated yesterday after eliminating their brethren the day before. That leaves four South and Central American teams left to duel it out in the finals. Four teams, Brazil, Pakistan, Israel and Great Britain will battle it out in Brooklyn in November giving Europe one more chance to have a country other than Netherlands and Italy represent them in the World Baseball Classic.

Nicaragua hung on to beat the Czech Republic 7-6, taking 11 innings to do it. With the international tie breaking rules in effect runners were placed on first and second. In a predictable fashion the Nicaraguans pulled off a successful sacrifice bunt to move the runners up one base, except Janier Montas reached first to load the bases. Renato Morales drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center. A single by Omar Obregon scored two to give Nicaragua a 7-4 lead.

In the bottom of the 11th down by three the Czech Republic ignored the bunt and Martin Cervenka lined a single to center to load the bases. A walk scored one run and with the bases loaded and no outs Jose Saenz replaced Jonathan Loaisiga on the mound. A ground out to short retired the first hitter, but failed to turn two allowing the second run to score and pull the Czechs to within one. Loaisiga struck out Tomas Junec and Petr Sila to end the game.

The Czech Republic got off to a quick lead when Jacob Malik blasted a three run homer over the centerfield fence in the first inning to give the Czechs an early 3-0 lead. Their next run in regulation time would not come until the fifth. The Nicaraguans helped them out with the run with two walks and a wild pitch. Mike Cervenak drove in the run with a ground out that extended the Czech lead to 4-2.

The Czech pitcher Daniel Mraz had shut out Nicaragua for the first four innings. The fifth inning would see the walls of zeroes come crashing down. Elmer Reyes started the inning with a single but he was quickly picked off first by Mraz. Two walks by Mraz and a wild pitch put runners on first and third with one out. A ground out to Mraz scored the first Nicaraguan run and advance a runner to second. A throwing error by third baseman Premek Chroust scored the second run. Alex Sogard replaced Mraz and struck out Dwight Britton to end the inning.

Dwight Britton made up for the whiff in the eighth with a two out double. Another throwing error by the Czechs, this one by shortstop Petr Zyma allowed Britton to score to pull Nicaragua to within one. Renato Morales slashed an infield single to short with another throwing error, this one by firstbaseman Mike Cervenak to tie the game. The Czechs were able to end the inning after an infield single by Omar Obregon, but this time Cervenak threw out Morales when he tried to score from second.

The Czechs had an opportunity to go ahead in the bottom frame after a Jakub Malik double put runners on second and third with one out. Nicaragua chose to pitch to Martin Cervenka and Carlos Gonzalez struck him out. Tomas Polansky was walked intentionally to load the bases. Pete Zyma flew out to end the threat.

With Mexico waiting in the winner’s bracket only 6,558 showed up to watch their potential opponent in the final. That opponent will be a rematch against Nicaragua.

While down in Panama only 2,016 showed up to see their team beat France 7-4 to make it to the finals against Colombia. A bases loaded walk in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie.

The day started out well for France. A Felix Brown single and a Frederic Hanvi double in the first inning gave the French a quick 1-0 lead. An Andy Paz sacrifice fly scored the second run in the opening frame.

France scored their third run in the fourth on a bases loaded balk to extend their lead to 3-0. Two walks and an infield single loaded the bases. One of the walks was intentional after a ground out had advance the runners to second and third.

That lead was quickly evaporated in the fifth. A one out infield single by Jorge Bishop got the rally started for Panama. Bishop stole second where he scored on a Isaias Velasquez single. A single by Edmundo Sosa and a walk to Anthony Amaya loaded the bases with one out. The French replaced Yoann Vaugelade with Antoine Villard. A ground out to first scored the second run when France could not turn two. Antoine Villard was intentionally walked to load the bases again. Panama got a break when second baseman Frederic Walter dropped a foul popup for an error. Javier Guerra walked to tie the game and Luis Castillo walked to put Panama up front 4-3.

France tied the game in the bottom frame with a one out homerun from Rene Leveret. That would end all the scoring for France. They could only scratch out singles in the seventh and eighth innings, but could get nobody past first in the final four innings.

Panama broke the tie in the seventh courtesy of three walks, one intentionally to break the tie and give Panama the lead. It appears in international ball the managers overthink the situation and have a greater number of intentional walks than in the major leagues. A one out double from Jonathan Saavedra led to an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz. After Javier Guerra popped out this appeared to be a good move but Luis Castillo walked to load the bases and Carlos Quiroz walked to force in the go ahead run.

Panama got a couple insurance runs in the eighth. A walk to Isaias Velasquez and a stolen base led to another intentional walk, this one to Anthony Amaya. It didn’t work. Jonathan Saavedra singled to load the bases bringing up Carlos Ruiz with no place to put him. They walked him to force in a run. A ground out when France again failed to turn two allowed the seventh run to score to make it 7-4.

Panama will advance to face Colombia to seek revenge for an earlier loss. Hopefully more than 2,016 show up to watch this game.