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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.

World Cup Under 12 Day 2 More Slaughters

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

It is too bad the under 12 can not make all their games more competitive. Myworld can’t imagine playing in a 30-1 loss is lacking in fun. As a coach I always tell my players that the best way to get better is to play the teams better than you. It is tough to keep them motivated when they are just being blasted off the court. There were some competitive games, with one big upset, Venezuela nipping the United States.

Venezuela 7 United States 6

The United States rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth but fell short of the win. They had the tying run on first when the last out was made. Leonel Dominguez has been a beast. After going 3 for 3 with three homeruns and seven runs batted in against Italy he went 2 for 2 with a solo shot. So he is batting 1.000 with a 3.500 OPS and four of his five hits have gone over the fence. His solo homerun in the top of the second tied the game at 1-1. Kennew Blanco, who finished the game 3 for 4 added an RBI single to take a 2-1 lead.

Leonel started the 4-run fourth for Venezuela, leading off the inning with a single. Reinaldo Sarmiento tripled to score Leonel and then scored on a wild pitch. Venezuela scored their fourth run in the inning on a wild pitch. Jean Blanco went four innings, giving up two runs to get the victory.

Mexico 1 Italy 0

Italy almost pulled an upset but their lack of offense sent them down to their second loss. Mexico scored their lone run in the first inning on a walk to Yustin Canizales. He advanced to second on a ground out and scored on an Italian error. Kevin Orozco struck out the side in the first inning, but could only whiff one more batter in his next three. He limited Italy to just two hits and a walk in his four innings, yielding the ball to Alonso Gallegos and Gustavo Vargas to complete the shutout. Filippo Sabatini threw five complete innings to take the loss. For Mexico it was their first win while Italy went down to 0-2.

Japan 6 Cuba 0

Japanese pitchers threw their second shutout in two games. The Cuban bats were restricted to just three hits. Four different pitchers combined for the shutout. The big bat was Shosei Takahasi who delivered a clutch double in the first to drive in the first Japanese run. He also drove in a second run in the fifth on a ground out.

Czech Republic 30 Fiji 1

The Czech Republic did not mess around in this 30-1 four inning rout for their second win of the tournament. Ian Katz drove in five runs with his two doubles and triple while Matyas Hasal drove in four runs and scored five runs. Michal Cajz drove in three runs and scored four times. Italy failed to get a hit in the four inning shortened game.

Korea 13 Australia 0

Jae-Jun Lee and Tae-Oh Lee each collected three hits and three RBIs in the surprisingly easy win over Australia. For Australia it is their second loss while Korea remains undefeated. For Korea it was a perfect game by four different pitchers.

Taiwan 19 South Africa 0

Taiwan pitched the third no hitter of the day, with two walks preventing it from being a perfect game. Four different pitchers threw one inning each. Leadoff hitter Tsung Chun Chang went deep, going 4 for 4 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Tien-Szu Huang was 4 for 4, driving in five and crossing the plate four times.

Under 12 Baseball World Cup

Friday, July 26th, 2019

It is not the Little League World Series, but it is one step better. Instead of the best Little League teams battling it out, these are the best from those top Little League teams battling it out. And they are playing in a newly built $130 million baseball field in Tainan, Taiwan. Below are the results from the first day with a lot of one sided ball games. There was one no hitter.

Taiwan 4 Cuba 2

This was the closest game. Tien-Szu Huang drove in three runs on two hits to lead Taiwan to the win. Cheng-Yu Lin pitched a perfect sixth inning to pick up the save after Kai-Sheng Chen went the first five to get the win. Alejandro Prieto pitched a complete game for Cuba but got poor support from his defense, who had two errors that led to three unearned runs. Taiwan was only able to collect three hits in the game, two of them by Huang.

Korea 7 Mexico 0

Korea scored quickly with seven runs in the first three innings. Tae-Oh Lee drove in three runs with his two doubles and Jae-Jun Lee drove in two. Korea used four different pitchers to complete the six inning shutout.

United States 10 Australia 0

The United States scored six in the fifth to end the game early because of the slaughter rule. Josiah Hartshorn, Jack Ruckert and Brenden Lewis all went deep for the United States. Lewis had the big hit with a three run homerun in the fifth. He also was on the mound and went the distance, giving up just one hit in his five innings of work, walking none and striking out 4.

Venezuela 15 Italy 0

Venezuela scored all their runs in three innings as the game was ended after Italy did not score in the top of the fourth. Leonel Dominguez blasted three homeruns to drive in 7 of the 14 runs for Venezuela. Sander Trujillo threw four innings of no hit ball, allowing just two baserunners on walks.

Japan 21 Czech Republic 0

Another game that went just four innings. As the visitors Japan batted four times. Shinsuke Kuwamoto and Ren Imai were the big RBI bats with three apiece. Japan lashed out 16 hits and walked 8 times, blasting five doubles. Four different Japanese pitchers worked one inning with the lone Czech hit coming in the fourth.

South Africa 28 Fiji 2

This should have been the game Fiji had a chance of winning, but their pitchers issued an amazing 23 walks in four innings and their fielders committed six errors in the blow out. South Africa only needed 9 hits to accumulate their 28 runs. Michael Barrett walked all four times he hit. South Africa had two pitchers each work two innings, with neither of them issuing a walk.

Top European Prospects

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

It is a down year for European prospects. Most of them are still toiling in the Rookie Leagues or had poor years (Tom de Bok and Sven Schuller). Even the Bahamas seem to churn out more prospects than Curacao. Most of the prospects from this list have parents who are of European ancestry. Spencer Kieboom the tenth rated prospect graduated last year as did Dovydas Neverauskas the number three rated prospect from Lithuania. Both struggled in the their time in the major leagues, Kieboom hitting .232 and Dovydas finishing with an ERA at 8.00. He gave up 9 homeruns in just 27 innings. Kieboom will reach his ceiling as a backup catcher while Dovydas could see another opportunity at the back end of the Pirates bullpen.

Below are the top prospects from Europe and apologies if it does not look too European.

1. Carter Kieboom SS/2B (Netherlands/Nationals) - The younger brother of Spencer took all the baseball tools, plus he plays a more glitzy position. His father played baseball in the Netherlands and they moved to the States when they were young allowing Spencer and Carter to play baseball in the States during their youth. This spring Carter hit two homeruns off Justin Verlander. He is starting to show an impressive hit tool. Last year between Low A and AA he slugged 16 homeruns. With Trea Turner occupying short he may have to move to second base. Look for Carter to start the season in AA with a full time job with the Nationals in 2020.

2. J.B. Bukauskas RHP (Lithuania/Astros) - His Wikipedia page says he is of Lithuanian origin so we will include him on this list as we did last year. He dropped from number 1 to number 2. At 6′0″ he is a bit on the small side for a righthander. His fastball can ride towards the plate in the mid-90s and he complements it with an excellent slider. A car accident in spring training led to back issues, limiting him to 14 starts last year. He got one AA start where he pitched six one hit shutout innings. With the five High A starts J.B. finished with a 1.61 ERA with the opposition hitting him at a .138 clip. If healthy he should start the 2019 season in AA where he will work on harnessing his command. If he does not make it in the rotation he could be an impact pitcher in the bullpen.

3, Dean Kremer RHP (Israel/Orioles) - His parents have Israeli citizenship though Kremer was born in California. He was one of the players the Dodgers traded for Manny Machado. Not an overpowering fastball, sitting in the low 90s, he may best be used out of the bullpen. The Orioles used him in the starting rotation where he limited the opposition to a .228 average. His 178 strikeouts led the minor leagues last year so his curve ball gets a lot of swings and misses. Drafted in the 14th round in 2016 he averages 11.4 whiffs per nine innings. Dean could see some time with the rebuilding Orioles in their rotation late in the year but myworld suspects the bullpen will be his best home.

4. Shervyen Newton SS (Curacao/Mets) - The Mets appear to be overloaded at the shortstop position with Ahmed Rosario in the major leagues, Andres Gimenez ready to make an impact in 2019 and Ronny Mauricio and Luis Guillorme also playing the position. Newton signed in 2015 for $50,000 but did not appear in the States until last year. He played in the Dominican Summer League his previous two years. Newton showed a good bat at the Rookie level, hitting .280 with a .408 OBA. At 6′4″ he may outgrow shortstop, especially with his lack of speed. The power could be there to move to third. Next year he will be 20. A full season league will be open for him to break out into the spot light.

5. Hendrik Clementin C (Curacao/Reds) - Hendrik had a break out season last year with his 18 homeruns at Low A. Whether he can continue to hit for that power will be answered in 2019 when he applies his craft at High A. The Dodgers signed him in 2013 and traded him to the Reds for Tony Cingrani. At 6′0″ and 250 pounds he needs to watch his weight. The defensive tools are there to be an average catcher, but if the bat plays that could turn him into a starter.

6. Ray-Patrick Didder Utl (Aruba/Braves) - Like Curacao, Aruba is a possession of the Netherlands. Didder was signed in 2013. While playing in the minor leagues he has played at every position but catcher and pitcher. He is athletic enough to play the middle infield and centerfield. If the Braves can turn him into a Marwin Gonzalez clone that could be a plus. The speed is there for him to steal bases and cover ground in centerfield. The bat lacks power and will keep him limited to hitting .250. The 2019 season will see him in AA. If his bat can play he could be up with the Braves some time this year.

7. Martin Cervenka C (Czech Republic/Orioles) - The first true European. He was signed by the Indians and labored as a back up for his first couple years in the minor leagues. Last year he showed some pop in his bat with 15 homeruns. Myworld thought the Orioles would call him up but perhaps the 2019 season will be his major league debut. Martin will be turning 27 this year so his time as a prospect is getting short. Catchers take more time to develop their craft. At best Cervenka will not be more than a backup in the major leagues, which he could see sometime in 2019.

8. Marcus Solbach RHP (Germany/Dodgers) - Marcus was originally signed by the Twins and pitched in their minor league system way back in 2011. The last two years he has been pitching Independent ball in the Canadian American Association. Last year he was named pitcher of the year in the Australia Baseball League, finishing with a 0.43 ERA in six starts. That convinced the Dodgers to sign him. At 27 and at 6′5″ he could be used out of the bullpen.

9. Marten Gasparini OF (Italy/Royals) - Marten signed with the Royals back in 2013 for $1.3 million. He was originally a shortstop but his inconsistency in the field forced the Royals to put him in centerfield. His one big tool is his speed, but it does not work well when stealing bases (82 out of 122). The bat is soft with a career .222 average and .315 slugging. The 2019 season could be his last in the minor leagues where he will become a six year minor league free agent. If his bat does not show some production it will be hard to convince another team to sign him.

10. Alberto Mineo C (Italy/Blue Jays) - Albert was originally signed by the Cubs but now plays for the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays acquired him in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft. He bats lefthanded and hit .462 in AAA last year, but that was in only 13 at bats. His career average is .256 with very little power. The defensive tools are there for him to possibly make it as a back up in the major leagues but the bat will need to play more. In High A he hit .294 so that is an improvement from his Cubs years. His three homeruns were also a career high. Next year he should be playing at AA where at 24 he still has some time to develop as a major leaguer.

Teams Announced for 12 and Under World Cup

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) 12 and under World Cup will be played in Tainan City from July 26 to August 4. Tainan City will be hosting the 12 and under until 2027, holding the next five events. They will be the Williamsburg of the WBSC. Fiji is the one interesting new player in this tournament. Taiwan won this event in 2011, the first year it was played, but the United States did not participate in that tournament. The last three events the United States has won the championship. Below are the groupings for the tournament.

Group A

Taiwan, Japan, Czech Republic, South Africa, Cuba and Fiji

Group B

United States, Mexico, Korea, Australia, Venezuela and Italy

Minor Leagues to Have European Umpire

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Zdenek Zidek from the Czech Republic will be working in the Gulf Coast League. According to Mister Baseball he will be the first European umpire in minor league baseball. Zidek also was a softball umpire at the 11th WBSC Junior Women’s Softball World Championship.

The Gulf Coast League is the lowest level of minor leagues composed of players who were just drafted by their major league clubs. The league starts just after the draft in late June. It is made up of 17 teams in the Florida area played at spring training parks. There is no admission to watch teams play in the Gulf Coast League.

Under 23 World Cup All Tournament Team

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Below are the names of the players who made the All Tournament Team in the Under 23 World Cup.

Catcher - Orlando Pina (Mexico) .320, 2, 8
First Base - Hisanori Yasuda (japan) .393, 1, 8 MVP
Second Base - Brailan Perez (Colombia) .462, 0, 5 with two triples and 4 stolen bases
Third Base - Dervin Pomare (Colombia) .522, 1, 10 with a 1.368 OPS
Shortstop - Jorna Rodriguez (Venezuela) .333, 0, 3
Outfield - Norberto Obeso (Mexico) .500, 0, 5 with 5 doubles, 1.363 OPS
Outfield - Carlos Vidal (Colombia) .387, 1, 7
Outfield - Bojarski Ulrich (Australia) .379, 4, 11 with 1.297 OPS
Designated Hitter - Leandro Cedeno (Venezuela).306, 2, 10
Starting Pitcher - Francisco Haro (Mexico) 2-0, 1.93 with 18 whiffs in 14 innings
Best Relief Pitcher - Kakeru Narita (Japan) 1-1, 1.17 with 1 save

Other Players Worth Note

Australia

Jack Barrie - .391, 3, 8
Mitchell Warke-Edwards - .500, 2, 6 with 1.200 slugging and 1.783 OPS

Colombia

Juan Zabala - .417, 1, 7
Juan Escorcia - 0.90 ERA with 14 whiffs in 10 IP
Reiver SanMartin - 1-0, 0.82, .179 opponent average

Czech Republic

Martin Muzik - .250, 2, 7

Dominican Republic

Claudio Galva - 0.00 ERA, 11 whiffs in 9 innings, .097 opponent average
Raffi Vizcaino - 0.00 ERA, .105 opponent average

Japan

Kairi Shimada - .344, 1, 1 with 12 runs scored with 5 stolen bases
Yasuhito Uchida - .233, 3, 8
Hiroki Kondo - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 17 whiffs in 15 innings, .189 opponent average
Kosuke Sakaguchi - 1-0, 0.77, 16 whiffs in 11.2 innings, .179 opponent average
Soichiro Yamazaki - 1-0, 0.00, .194 opponent average

Korea

Chan-Hyung Kim - .286, 3, 9
Min-Hyeok Kim - .367, 2, 7
Dong-Hui Han - .324, 2, 7 with 12 runs scored
Jin-Won Ye - .410, 0, 4
Sung-Young Choi - 2-1, 2.31, 13 whiffs in 11.2 innings, .171 opponent average
Sang-Hyun Jeon - 2-0, 1.80, .206 opponent average

Mexico

Roberto Valenzuela - .263, 3, 9 with 3 stolen bases

Netherlands

Sherton Apostel - .375, 2, 9
Francinel Martina - .367, 1, 7

Puerto Rico

Isan Diaz - .214, 4, 5 with 8 runs scored
Jonathan Bermudez - 0.00 ERA, 10 whiffs in 7 innings pitched, .048 opponent average
Sidney Duprey - 1-1, 1.04, 11 whiffs in 8.2 innings
Luis Sanchez - 1.17, 1 save, .125 opponent average

South Africa

Tyler Smith - .433, 0, 4

Taiwan

Wei-Han Hong - .367, 0, 1, .472 OBA
Liang-Chih Chen - 0.60, .196 opponent average

Venezuela

Anthony Concepcion - .346, 1, 6
Carlos Machado - .429, 0, 5
Jesus Lujano - .400, 0, 5
Yonny Hernandez - .200, 0, 2 with 6 stolen bases
Nivaldo Rodriguez - 0.00 ERA, .077 opponent average

Under 23 World Cup - Day 5

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The Netherlands won their first game, upsetting Taiwan and the Czech Republic almost shocked the Dominican Republic. Five of the six teams have advanced to the Super Round.

Venezuela 9 Korea 2

The two teams will advance to the Super Round, but Venezuela will advance with no losses while Korea will carry over two losses. And the domination they received at the hands of Venezuela. Nivaldo Rodriguez shutout Korea on two hits for four innings. The Koreans were able to pull to within 3-2 against the Venezuelan bullpen in the sixth. Jose Rodriguez shut them out for the final 3.2 innings. In total the Venezuelan pitchers finished the game with 14 strikeouts.

The Venezuelans were able to spray 13 hits and six walks into nine runs. The top two hitters in the lineup, Yonny Hernandez and Jesus Lujano led the charge with two RBIs each. Hernandez and Carlos Machado led all players with three hits each. Of the 13 Venezuelan hits, only one went for extra bases.

Sung-Ju Moon led Korea with three of their seven hits and drove in both runs with a double.

Japan 7 Colombia 2

Japan remained undefeated with their win over Colombia. Colombia must still beat Taiwan in a makeup game to hope to advance. Colombia scored first to take an early 1-0 lead. Two three run innings, one in the third and another in the seventh was too much for Colombia. Taiga Matsuo got the big hit for Japan with his two run triple in the third to give Japan a 2-1 lead. He later scored on a wild pitch. Hisanori Yasuda also drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies, one in the seventh and the other in the ninth.

Dominican Republic 9 Czech Republic 8

The Dominicans advanced to the super round with a wild win over the Czechs. In the tenth they scored two runs to win the game. Jeison Guzman is credited with the walk off single to give the Dominicans the win. The Czechs remain winless.

The Dominicans had jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after two and all seemed cool after that. Hansel Moreno punched a two run shot in the third and Wendell Rijo went solo. In the fifth Martin Muzik finished off the five run fifth with a three run homer and the game was tied 5-5. The Dominicans called on Eduardo del Rosario to finish the game, throwing 3.2 innings of almost shutout ball. He gave up one unearned run in the 10th on a wild pitch. In extra innings in international play runners are placed on first and second to begin the inning.

Netherlands 10 Taiwan 9

The Netherlands diminished Taiwan’s chances of advancing to the Super Round. They must now beat Colombia to have any hope of advancing. Like the Dominican game, the Netherlands scored two runs in the bottom of the tenth to win the game. The last run was scored when Tijmen Takke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Taiwan chose to walk Sherton Apostel to load the bases and face Takke, who had come in the game as a pinch runner. Apostel was 3 for 5 with two doubles, a homerun and four RBIs.

Netherlands had jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but could not hold it.

Mexico 13 South Africa 3

Mexico advanced to the Super Round. South Africa scored their first runs of the tournament. Both teams were happy. Roberto Valenzuela and Orlando Pina both went deep, each with their second homeruns of the tournament. The two combined to drive in seven of the 13 runs for Mexico.

Puerto Rico 3 Australia 2

Puerto Rico knocked Australia out of the Super Round with the win. At 2-3 Puerto Rico fails to advance as well. Isan Diaz drove in all the runs for Puerto Rico with two homeruns. He hit a solo shot in the third and a two run blast in the fifth. He came into the game 1 for 12. Luis Sanchez pitched two perfect innings to stamp out the victory and eliminate Australia from the Super Round.

Under 23 World Cup - Day 4 Japan and Venezuela Remain Undefeated

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Only Japan and Venezuela remain undefeated after the fourth day. Japan seems to do it with their pitching while Venezuela relies on their bats.

Japan 5 Netherlands 0

Japan completed their second shutout of the tournament. The European teams remain winless in these events. Hiroki Konda dominated in seven innings, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits. Japan scored all five of their runs in the first, taking advantage of three walks then coasted the rest of the way. Taiga Matsuo drove in two runs with his triple and Hisanori Yasuda drove in two with a single.

Venezuela 7 Dominican Republic 2

Venezuela knocked off a tough Dominican team to remain undefeated. For the Dominicans it is their second loss. They scored both their runs in the second inning on a two run homer by Martin Taveras, his second of the tournament. Ivan Andueza came on in relief after the third inning and held the Dominicans hitless for six innings, striking out 10 and walking two. Carlos Machado hit a two run single in a three run first, which Andueza confirmed was all the runs the Venezuelans needed. Jorna Rodriguez finished a perfect 3 for 3 hitting from the ninth spot in the order with three runs scored. He also stole two bases.

Korea 14 Australia 7

Korea got a big win to take over second place in pool two, tacking a second loss to Australia’s ledger. Australia scored six in the opening frame but could not hold the lead. They again got big production from the bottom of their order, with number eight hitter Mitchel Warke-Edwards going deep twice, once in the first inning with a three run blast and again in the sixth with a solo shot.

Korea bounced back in the second inning with eight runs. Chan-Hyung Kim hit the first of his two homeruns in the inning, a grand slam to pull Korea to within one. Gyeong-Won Jun hit a two run double in the inning to put Korea up 7-6. Kim blasted another homer in the eighth, a two run bomb to give him six RBIs for the game. Dong-Hui Han sealed the victory with his three run homer in the seventh. He finished the day 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

Taiwan 12 South Africa 0

Taiwan got their first win and South Africa extended their scoreless streak to 0 for the tournament. Yun-Chen Tai walloped a grand slam homer in an eight run third that put the game out of reach.

Mexico 7 Colombia 6

Mexico got a big win giving Colombia their first loss. It also put them in second place at 3-1. Mexico had jumped out to an early 5-1 lead. Carlos Morales had pitched five shutout innings. He was taken out in the sixth after issuing a one out walk. The bullpen coughed up the lead in the seventh, giving up five runs. Derwin Pomare got the big hit, a bases clearing double that drove in three. Pomare finished the day with four RBIs, delivering an RBI single in the sixth that gave Colombia their first run.

Not deterred, Mexico battled back. They scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh on a strikeout/wild pitch, scoring a run without benefit of putting the ball in play. The leadoff hitter walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. The walks continued to hurt Colombia with another leadoff walk in the eighth scoring on a Roberto Valenzuela triple in right field to give Mexico the lead.

Erick Casillas got credit for the win, working his second inning of relief to close out the victory. He gave up a two out double to Milton Ramos but retired the next hitter on a fly out to end the game.

Puerto Rico 20 Czech Republic 0

Puerto Rico got their first win, their bats taking it out on the winless Czechs. The game only went five as Puerto Rico scored in every inning. Gabriel Cancel was the big bat with six RBIs, including a three run homer in the first. Xavier Fernandez clubbed a solo shot in the first, finishing the day 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Lean Marrero and Aldemar Burgos each crossed the plate four times.

Rain Dampens World Games in Colombia

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Rain forced the postponement of the Netherlands/South Africa and Taiwan/Colombia games. The other games were played with the only minor upset the Australian win over previously undefeated Dominican Republic.

Australia 4 Dominican Republic 3

Australia got back in the super round playoff race winning their second game of pool play over the previously undefeated Dominican Republic. They scored all their runs in the fourth inning with Jordan McArdle getting the big hit with his three run homerun. Australia has now gotten three homeruns from their 8th and 9th hitters in the order.

Martin Taveras got the scoring going for the Dominican Republic in the second with a solo shot. He added a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth to give the Dominicans an early 2-0 lead, but they could not hold it.

Jack Enciondo pitched the ninth inning to close out the victory, though he did give up a deep fly to left that left some Aussie fans squirming in their seats.

Japan 7 Mexico 2

Japan won the battle of the undefeateds. Yasuhito Uchida hit his second homerun of the tournament, a three run blast in the first inning to get things started for Japan and score all the runs they needed to win the game.

Mexico got a solo shot from Bernardo Heras in the fourth, but needed a lot more to win this game.

Korea 6 Puerto Rico 3

Korea won their second game, knocking Puerto Rico out of any chance of getting to the super round. Sang-Hyun Jeon had trouble finding the plate, walking five, but allowed just one run in his five innings of work. Jin-Won Ye, Kyeong-Tae Hwang and Chan-Hyung Kim each led the offense with three hits each. Ye drove in two runs and scored one from the leadoff spot and Hwang also drove in two and scored once. Jung-Yong Yi worked the last two innings to complete the save.

Puerto Rico had scored first on a solo shot from Emmanuel Rivera in the opening frame.

Venezuela 8 Czech Republic 2

Venezuela remained undefeated, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to easily defeat the Czech Republic. For the Czechs they remain winless and are eliminated from advancing to the Super Round. The Venezuelan pitchers were a bit wild, walking nine hitters but the Czechs stranded 12 runners, not taking advantage of their opportunities.

Leandro Cedeno and Joscar Alvarez hit solo shots for Venezuela. Cedeno’s homerun in the four run sixth broke a 2-2 tie. Cruz Noriega pitched the last three innings to earn the save.