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Little League World Series - Day 4 Welomes Major Leaguers

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

The Little Leaguers got a real treat when major league baseball played a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates against the St. Louis Cardinals at Williamsport Bowman Field. The stadium only holds 2,500 but that did not stunt the enthusiasm in Williamsport as major leaguers attended games, bought a couple hundred snow cones for the players and made their presence known. It was also a good opportunity for the major leaguers to watch some good games. None of the eight teams who played today had lost.

Canada 7 Latin America (Venezuela) 3

All the runs were scored in the first three innings. Reid Hefflick and Nathaniel Factor each hit three run homeruns to lead Canada. Reece Usselman pitched the last the last 2.1 innings without allowing a run to clinch the game for Canada. Jonney Rosario hit a two run homerun for Venezuela and Daniel Acurero shut out Canada for the last 3.2 innings, striking out six.

Southwest (Lufkin) 6 New England (Fairfield) 3

Christian Mumphery went deep twice to drive in three runs to lead the Southwest to the win. Collin Ross pitched all six innings for the win, striking out eight. He also drove in one run.

Japan 4 Asia Pacific (Korea) 1

Japan got six solid innings from Riku Goto to lead Japan to victory. He gave up just one run and struck out seven. Natsuki Yajima collected two hits, driving in one run and scoring one run. Keitaro Miyhara scored twice.

Southeast (North State) 16 West (Santa Margarita)0

Both teams won their previous games by shutouts. Southeast continued their shutout streak with their second straight no hitter of the tourney. The West is wondering when the nightmare is over. The Southeast scored 9 runs in the fifth inning to end the game early. Chase Anderson and Matthew Matthigs again combined for a no hitter. Carson Hardee hit a grand slam and drove in five runs on the offensive side.

Liitle League World Series Day 2 - A Combined Perfect Game

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

There was a combined perfect game on the second day of the Little League World Series. Japan appears to be the team to beat, based on what myworld sees from the results.

Japan 8 Australia 0

Japan cruised past the Aussies. Japan used four different pitchers to pitch the shutout, giving up only two hits. Combined the Japanese pitchers whiffed 10. The Japanese scored a run in all five innings they batted, with a four run fifth putting the game out of reach. Keitaro Miyahara led the offense with three hits. Five wild pitches and two errors resulted in four runs scoring for Japan.

West (Santa Margarita) 9 Northwest (Walla Walla Valley) 0

Bobby Gray was two outs away from pitching a complete game no hit shutout, but had to yield to Bryan Ramirez to get the last two outs after giving up a one out single. Joey Gray hit a grand slam in the first to give the West an early lead. He finished 2 for 2 with a walk and five RBIs. Drew Rutter crossed the plate three times.

Korea (Asia Pacific) 10 Dominican Republic (Caribbean) 1

Korea spanked the Dominicans, slugging four homeruns. Jin-Won Shin powered two homeruns, driving in four and scoring three times He also doubled. Ye-Joon Khym and Dong-Heon Kim also went deep. Khym went a perfect 3 for 3 and scored four runs.

South East (Greenville) 6 Midwest (Sioux Falls) 0

Three different pitchers, Chase Anderson, Matthew Matthijis and Carson Hardee combined for a perfect game no hitter. Anderson worked three innings, striking out four of the 10 whiffs on the day. Matthijis struck out five in his 2.2 innings of work. Drew Fields and Ashton Byars each drove in two runs to lead the Greenville offense.

Little League World Series Participants

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

The Little League World Series is around the corner and most of the games have been played to determine the participants. Canada and some of the United States regions have championship games that will be played today to determine the Little League World Series representative.

International

The Asian Pacific Region was played in Korea. The two powers of that area Korea and Taiwan were placed in the same pool. South Korea blasted Taiwan 12-0 and eventually won the pool with Taiwan finishing second. Hong Kong was the winner of the other pool. In the playoffs the championship round found Taiwan playing Korea again. Korea wins 6-1 to advance to the Little League World Series.

Australia had 20 teams battle it out in four different pools. In the end Hills Little League played Swan Hills, two teams without a loss. Hills was the winner 8-4 and will represent Australia in the Little League World Series.

The finals for Canada will be played today between White Rock Little League in British Colombia and Diamond Baseball Little League in Quebec. White Rock is undefeated while Diamond Baseball has lost twice, to Port Arthur Little League in Ontario 9-4 and White Rock 6-5. Diamond Baseball got into the finals beating Port Arthur 8-5.

In the Caribbean tilt the Dominican Republic got upset by Aruba 6-2. That put them in second place in their pool where in the semi-final they had to play an undefeated Puerto Rican team. They downed Puerto Rico 5-4 and then got revenge by beating Aruba in the championship match 8-4 to advance to the Little League World Series.

In the European/Africa division there were no African teams represented in the series. Myworld has to wonder what happened to the feel good story of Uganda from a couple years ago. A number of European teams battled it out with Italy remaining the lone undefeated team with their 12-2 win over a United Kingdom team. The two teams had played earlier in pool play where Italy also won 11-2. A team of American military kids from Germany found the going tough finishing the series 1-2, failing to advance to the playoffs. The UK eliminated baseball powerhouses Netherlands, Spain and Czech Republic as they advanced to the finals. Since no African teams participated in this round the “European/Africa” name was a bit inaccurate.

Japan will be represented by Tokyo Kitasuna. They won the championship game 17-0 and breezed through their four opponents by scores of 53-6.

In the Latin American series it was Colombia Falcon versus Venezuela in the finals. Venezuela had beaten Colombia earlier in pool play 9-2. Colombia Falcon was able to upset a strong Panama team 4-3 to get to the finals. Panama had beaten Colombia Falcon earlier 3-0 and their only loss had been to Venezuela. Guatemala was a surprise to make the semifinals but Venezuela disposed of them 8-3 and then shutout Colombia Falcon 8-0 to make it to the Little League World Series.

Guadalupe Trevino rolled through their competition to represent Mexico in the Little League World Series. They beat a team from Matamoros 3-1 in the championship game.

United States

The Great Lakes will see Hinsdale Little League in Illinois play Gross Points Woods Shore Little League in Michigan. Michigan has a loss to Westside Little League in Ohio, which Illinois beat in the semi-finals to get to the championship. Michigan had to beat Ohio 11-3 to advance to the finals.

The Mid-Atlantic finds Thurmont Little League in Maryland playing Holbrook Little League in New Jersey in the championship game today. Maryland had to beat Upper Providence Little League in Pennsylvania, a team they had lost to earlier to make it to the finals. Their bats were smoking in their 14-4 semi-final win.

The Midwest has Sioux Falls Little League in South Dakota playing Webb City Little League in Missouri in the finals. South Dakota had beaten Missouri earlier 6-5.

New England will see Fairfield American Little League in Connecticut play South Portland American Little League in Maine in the finals. Connecticut beat Maine 8-0 early in the double elimination tournament but Maine pulled out three games in the loser’s bracket to make it to the championship.

The Northwest will see Walla Walla Valley Little League in Washington play La Grande Little League in Oregon in the championship. Oregon had beaten Washington earlier 8-4 to knock them into the loser’s bracket.

The Southeast will be represented by North State Little League in North Carolina who beat Peachtree City National Little League in Georgia 8-6 in the championship. Georgia had lost to Goodlettsville Little League in Tennessee earlier 12-3 but came back in the semifinals to beat them 4-1.

In the Southwest it was an all Texas final with Lufkin Little League representing Texas East beating McAllister Park National Little League representing Texas West 2-1 in the finals. The two had played each other earlier in the tournament with Texas East again beating Texas West 11-10 to knock them into the losers bracket early.

The West will see Santa Margarita Little League in Southern California play against Dixie Little League in Utah in the finals. Utah had been knocked into the loser’s bracket early 14-5 by Hilo Little League in Hawaii but was able to fight through the loser’s bracket and beat Hawaii 12-6 in the semifinal match.

NPB Pacific Turns Into Three Team Race

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The two top teams in the Pacific were the Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Softbank Hawks. A recent 13 game winning streak by the Seibu Lions have put them in the rearview mirror. Since only three teams from each conference make the playoffs, these three teams are almost guaranteed to make a playoff appearance, a full 14 games ahead of their closest pursuers. Since the number one seed gets to play all their playoff games at their park the race is not over yet. Each team will try to win games to become that number one seed.

Softbank Hawks (65-35-0)

Considering the Hawks have made the playoffs the last two seasons it was quite disturbing for fans to see them near the bottom of the division after a good chunk of the season had been played. After winning the conference the previous two years they were beaten out by the eventual champion Nippon Ham Fighters last year. This year the Fighters have been without Shohei Otani for most of the year and find themselves at the bottom of the conference.

The Hawks are led on offense by Yuki Yanagita, who in 2015 had a fabulous season hitting .363 with 34 homeruns and 32 stolen bases as a 26 year old. He got off to a slow start to this season but has now upped his average to .325 and his 26 homeruns is close to approaching his 2015 career high. It is a nice bounce back from what was considered an off year last season. Alfredo Despaigne is one of the few Cuban sluggers who has not defected to the major leagues. His participation in the NPB limits the number of games he plays for his Cuban team. Alfredo does not hit for the average of Yanagita (.253) but the power is there with his 23 homeruns. Seiichi Uchikawa is the veteran presence of the group that provides consistency in the lineup. He will fall short of the 106 runs he drove in last year but at .294, 12, 49 his production is valuable.

The top pitcher on the staff is Nao Higashihama, whose 11 wins is tied for the lead in the Pacific Conference and his 2.26 ERA is third in the conference. The 11 wins for the 27 year old is already a career high and the ERA is his lowest in his five year NPB career. Rick Vanden Hurk has made a career pitching in the Netherlands, Korea, the United States and Japan. The Dutch born hurler is in his third season in Japan where his nine wins has already achieved his career high. His ERA sits at 3.18.

The top closer in the NPB is perhaps Dennis Sarfarte. He is approaching his third straight season with 40 or more saves (34), a skill most major league teams would pay millions for. His ERA is a microscopic 1.20. He has one of the best setup men in the NPB this year in Sho Iwasaki (1.94 ERA, 26 holds) to get the game into the ninth. After nine rather unimpressive years this is the best season for Iwasaki.

Rakuten Golden Eagles (59-32-1)

The Eagles have made a living off their starting pitching. Two major leaguers Hisashi Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka both have had success in the major leagues and Japan. Add Takahiro Norimoto to that list soon. This year he is 10-3 but his 3.37 ERA is a tad high compared to previous years. The last three years he has struck out more than 200 hitters. This year he sits at 151 whiffs and should have no problem making it a fourth year with 200 or more K’s. Takayuki Kishi (8-4, 2.18) and Manabu Mima (9-3, 2.80) give the Eagles a big three in the rotation. Kishi is second in the conference in ERA and was a free agent signing from Seibu where he had accumulated 103 wins in a 10 year career. Mima is perhaps having his best season since 2012. He has already tied for his career high in wins.

Yuki Matsui would be a dwarf when standing next to major league pitchers. His 5′9″ height is not what scouts look for in pitchers. They would not complain about a pitcher who has a 0.20 ERA, corralled 29 saves and gives up just 22 hits in 44.2 innings. Walks can still be a problem but he is having a nice bounce back year after his 3.32 ERA last season. Hiroyuki Fukuyama (6-0, 0.96) does a pretty good job of getting the ball to Matsui with a lead.

Fans have been excited about the energy second year player Eigoro Mogi has put in the lineup batting from the leadoff position. He is hitting .303 with 14 homeruns and a .375 OBP. The one thing he does not do is steal bases. The power in the lineup is provided by the foreign trio of Zealous Wheeler (.283, 24, 57), Carlos Peguero (.307, 21, 63) and Japhet Amador (.224, 17, 42). Amador is a big man who came from Mexico. The Astros signed him but after struggling in the major leagues he returned to the Mexican League where Rakuten found him.

Seibu Lions (57-38-2)

The Seibu Lions were once a proud franchise that brought the major leagues Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kaz Matsui. They are starting to get some of their mojo back heading towards their first playoff appearance since 2013. Shogo Akiyama is their big hitter this year with a league leading .332 average. He has also contributed some power with a career high 20 homeruns, six more than his previous career high with 40 more games of the season to play. Hideto Asamura (.309, 12, 74) give the Lions a good 1-2 punch at the top of the order. They have been disappointed in the foreign bat of Ernesto Mejia (.245, 16, 49) sending him to their minor leagues to get his swing back. Takeya Nakamura (.224, 24, 68) is another big power hitter whose hitting skills have been declining.

The Lions have perhaps one of the best pitchers in the league this year in Yusei Kikuchi, who was the Shohei Otani from a number of years ago, telling Japanese teams he did not want to be drafted because he wanted to pitch in the major leagues. With a mid-90s fastball he is 11-4 with a 1.90 ERA, the wins tied for first in the Pacific Conference and his ERA number one. His 146 whiffs falls short only of Norimoto. This is his best NPB season after struggling early in his career. Brian Wolfe (9-2, 2.61) has been a good foreign pick up as has set up man Brian Schlitter (0-3, 1.53 ERA).

2017 World Cup Under 12 All Tournament Team and Other Deserving Players

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Below are some of the awards that were given out to players for their performance in the 12 and under World Cup. These awards were normally handed out to players who performed on winning teams. Below the all tournament team myworld lists some other players who performed well in the tournament.

All Tournament Team

MVP Kai Caranto (United States) - .391 average, 2 homeruns and 17 RBIs with 9 stolen bases

Top Hitter Reiji Toi (Japan) - .706, 1, 7 with 7 stolen bases

Top Pitcher - Chia-Cheng Chao (Taiwan) - 2-0, 0.69 with 15 K’s

Top Defensive Player - Pai Chen An (Taiwan) - .556, 5, 14

Starting Pitcher - Chao Chia Cheng (Taiwan) - 2-0, 0.69 with 15 K’s
Relief Pitcher - Joshua Atomanczyk (United States) - .381, 5, 12, 2-0, 1.24 ERA
Catcher - Pai Chen An (Taiwan) - .556, 5, 14
First Base - Raffaele Velazquez (United States) - .455, 1, 8
Second Base - Cesar Monjeras (Mexico) - .393, 3, 15 with 11 runs scored
Third Base - Chan-Seo Lee (Korea) - .385, 0, 4
Shortstop - Kai Caranto (United States) - .391, 2, 17, 9 stolen bases
Outfield - Adan Sanchez (Panama) - .750, 4, 7 with 15 runs scored
Jose Tirado (Mexico) - .654, 5, 15 with 13 runs scored
Toi (Japan) - .706, 1, 7 with 7 stolen bases

Other Players to Recognize

United States

Benjamin Reiland - .643, 1, 9 with 16 runs scored and 9 stolen bases
Spencer Butt - .600, 1, 3 with 6 stolen bases
Brad Burnes - .391, 2, 9 with 10 runs scored and 11 stolen bases
Brandon Olivera - 1-0, 1.71

Taiwan

Yi-Lei Sun - .524, 2, 5 with 11 runs scored and 9 stolen bases
Yu-En Chien - .467, 2, 6 with 13 runs scored and 8 stolen bases
Yi-Cheng Yang - .444, 2, 10 with 14 runs scored and 10 stolen bases
Shuo-Heng Han - 1-0, 0.75 with 15 K’s, .409, 4, 12 with 11 runs scored
Sheng-Wei Yang - 1-0, 1.06

Mexico

Juan Saldana - .450, 2, 9
Antonis Macias - .417, 2, 8 with 13 runs scored
Juan Hernandez - 4-0, 1.32

Japan

Koki Yamaguchi - .563, 1, 9
Daisuke Mori - .348, 2, 7 with 13 runs scored and 7 stolen bases

Korea

Jeong-Gyu Woo - .474, 0, 3
Seong-Mu Jang - .444, 0, 6

Nicaragua

Bryant Machado - .417, 1, 7 with 8 runs scored

Panama

Dimas Oda - .529, 0, 4 with 5 doubles
Emanuel Villarreal - 2-0, 1.44 12 K’s

Czech Republic

Lukas Hurta - .450, 1, 4 with 4 doubles

Brazil

Gabriel Ota - .412, 0, 5

Australia

David Hyde - .409, 0, 5, 1-1, 1.33

Russia

Jared Riffel - .417, 2, 5

Germany

Kilian Redle - .333, 1, 3

Under 12 World Cup - United States with the Threepeat

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

The United States won their third straight under 12 World Cup getting a bit of revenge in the process by beating Taiwan. Earlier in pool play Taiwan had thrashed the United States, hitting five homeruns in a five inning 16-2 route. In the bronze medal game Mexico pulled off the upset winning a pitcher’s duel over Japan.

United States 7 Taiwan 2

A largely disappointed sell-out crowd of 11,000 fans watched the United States use two big blasts to take an early lead over Taiwan and keep it. Kai Caranto began the fireworks in the third inning with a big three run homer. Raffaele Velazquez made it back to back with his solo shot to give the United States an early 4-0 lead. Brandon Olivera kept the Taiwan bats in check with two hits, the big hit a two run homer from Chen-An Pai in the fourth. The United States gave themselves some breathing room in the fifth taking advantage of two Taiwan errors to score three runs. Caranto shut out the Taiwan bats the last two innings to gain the victory and the Under 12 World Cup championship for the third straight time. You can go to the WBSC website and click on the schedule to watch the championship games. In the background you can hear the chant “U-S-A”.

Mexico 1 Japan 0

Juan Hernandez pitched a six inning complete game shutout to tame the Japan bats on five hits. Three of the five hits were by Koki Yamaguchi, who finished the day 3 for 3 with a double. A lead off walk issued by Japan pitchers, a ground out moving the runner to second and a passed ball and wild pitch scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning. Japan used four different pitchers to limit Mexico to three hits, but it was their ability to score the lone run without a hit that proved the game winner.

Under 12 World Cup - Gold Medal Participants Decided

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The United States will get their rematch against Taiwan in the gold medal match after disposing of a tough Mexico team. Japan will battle with Mexico for the bronze.

United States 12 Mexico 10

The two teams combined for 11 runs in the fourth inning, with the United States scoring six. The United States showed some speed on the bases with eight stolen bases, Benjamin Reiland accounting for four of them in a 4 for 4 day with three runs scored. Joshua Atomanczyk did not go deep but the Mexican pitchers were cautious with him. He walked twice, stole two bases on a 2 for 2 day with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Kai Caranto only got one hit but it was a big one, a three run shot in the fourth. Kai added a sacrifice fly to drive in four for the game. Kai also struck out the last two batters with two runners on in the sixth to close out the game. Spencer Butt also went deep for the United States.

Juan Tirado and Alan Nava went deep for Mexico. Nava had a big three run blast in the five run fourth that had put Mexico up 8-5.

Japan 6 Korea 5

The two teams remained scoreless the first four innings. Korea surprised Japan with a five run outburst in the top of the fifth. Japan took advantage of two fielding errors by Korea to score four. Three walks in the bottom of the sixth set the stage for Koki Yamaguchi, who doubled over the head of the centerfielder to score two runners and end the game. It was his second double of the game. His double in the fifth also plated a runner to give him three RBIs for the day.

Seung-Won Ji corralled three hits on the day for Korea. Reiji Toi was a perfect 3 for 3 for Japan.

Taiwan 9 Nicaragua 1

The Taiwan bats have been explosive in the super round with 10 homeruns in two games. There were no homeruns in this game but Taiwan took advantage of eight walks and three errors to ride over Nicaragua. They used their speed to steal five bases with Yi-Lei Sun accounting for three. Sun scored twice as did Shuo-Heng Han and Chen-An Pai. Pai did not have an official at bat, walking once and being hit by a pitch twice.

Under 12 World Cup - Playoffs Day 2 Expect the Unexpected

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The United States bounced back after their thrashing by Taiwan to beat Japan. Nicaragua upset the powerful Mexican team. The only team consistent in this world cup was the play of Taiwan as their bats stayed hot and their pitching continued its dominance in their win over Korea.

United States 6 Japan 3

The United States team bounced back after their ugly loss to Taiwan or perhaps it was Joshua Atomanczyk who bounced back. Joshua slugged two homeruns and drove in five of the United States six runs in beating Japan. He also was the starting pitcher going 5.1 innings. Three United States errors allowed two of the three runs to score against him to be unearned. Leadoff hitter Benjamin Reiland was on base both times Joshua went deep and scored a third run on a Raffaele Velazquez single. Daisuke Mori hit a solo shot for Japan.

Nicaragua 9 Mexico 7

Nicaragua exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to upset Mexico. Tito Martinez had the big hit with a bases clearing three run double to give Nicaragua a lead they would not relinquish. Mexico did bring the go ahead run to the plate in the sixth and last inning but Bryant Macado was able to retire him on a fly out to secure the win. Cesar Monjares carried the big bat for Mexico on a 2 for 2 day with a homerun, hit by pitch, sacrifice fly and four RBIs.

Taiwan 11 Korea 1

Korea had a brief 1-0 lead after two. Then the big bats of Taiwan repeated what they did against the United States with five homeruns. For his fourth consecutive game Shuo-Heng Han parked a pitch over the fence. Yi-Wei Tseng, Chen-An Pan, Yi-Lei Sun and Shu-Wei Kuo all hit homeruns for Taiwan. Kuo led the team with three RBIs, including a two run homer. All the other homers were solo shots. Sheng-Wei Yang worked four innings to earn the victory, allowing just the one run in the opening frame.

The standings that also include the won loss records of the teams in the super round:

Taiwan 3-1, United States 3-1, Japan 2-2, Mexico 2-2, Nicaragua 1-3, Korea 1-3

Under 12 World Cups - Playoffs Day 1

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Japan beat Brazil as expected to advance as the top team in their bracket, pitting them against Nicaragua. That put Mexico against the other Asian super power Korea and the United States against Taiwan. The big surprise of the playoffs is how easily Taiwan destroyed the two time defending champs, who entered the playoffs as the only undefeated team. The teams from Group A swept the teams from Group B in the opening of the super round showing at least initially who was the better group.

Japan 15 Brazil 0

Japan clinched the top spot for Group A combining 9 walks and 11 hits to plate 15 baserunners. Daisuke Mori hit a solo homerun and Kota Yonezawa drove in four to lead the Japanese offense. Kota Kato pitched three innings of one hit shutout ball. Japan ended the game in four after an 8 run outburst.

Taiwan 16 United States 2

Some days it doesn’t pay to wake up to face the day. The United States players may be thinking that after the thrashing they took from Taiwan. Taiwan put the game away with 13 runs in the last two innings to end the game in five innings against the two time defending champs. Five different players went deep for Taiwan, the first four hitters in their lineup being included in that group. Yi-Cheng Yang, Yu-En Chien, Shuo-Heng Han, Chen-An Pai and Shu-Wei Kuo all cleared the fence for Taiwan. For Han it was the third consecutive game in which he has gone deep. His grand slam in the fourth ignited a 7 run inning turning a 3-2 Japanese lead into 10-2. Han added a sacrifice fly in the six run fifth inning to finish the game with five RBIs. Yi-Wei Tseng pitched 3.2 innings of shutout relief to get the win. The United States got a solo homerun from Daniel Arambula and a 3 for 3 performance from Benjamin Reiland but they were outmuscled by the Taiwan bats.

Japan 10 Nicaragua 0

The Japanese pitching staff was too much for the Nicaraguan bats. Yuto Minamizawa got the start and tossed three innings of no hit shutout ball, striking out five. Tatsuya Kato worked the last two innings, giving up the lone hit by Nicaragua. Minamizawa helped himself on the mound with a 2 for 3 day with two runs driven in and two runs scored.

Mexico 7 Korea 2

Mexico got some of their mojo back with their win over Korea. Juan Tirado led the charge with a homerun on a 3 for 3 day with three runs scored and one RBI. Juan Saldana drove in three runs on his two hits to lead the team in production. Alan Nava scored twice and drove in two runs on a 2 for 4 day.

12 and Under World Cup - Day 5 Japan Recovers

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

After being upset by Mexico on the second day Japan has bounced back handing host Taiwan their first loss and beating Russia 31-0. Taiwan smoked Mexico to create a two way tie for first with Japan just a half game back with a makeup to play against Brazil in a game they are winning 5-0. The United States remained the only undefeated team in the tournament by blasting Germany.

Japan 7 Taiwan 5

Taiwan pitchers had gone the whole tournament without giving up a run, just coming off a 10-0 shutout earlier in the day against the powerful bats of Mexico. They had Japan shutout for the first four innings, ahead 4-0 when the Japan bats broke out of their slumber and assaulted the Taiwan pitching staff for seven runs in the last two innings. Koki Yamaguchi put a charge into the Japanese offense by blasting a 3-run homer in the top of the fifth to close the gap to one run. A wild pitch broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth but with Yamaguchi at the plate the pitcher may have been a bit nervous. Yamaguchi followed the wild pitch with an RBI single to advance the score to 6-4. Taiwan put runners on first and third with two out in their last at bats but Yu-en Chien grounded out to short to end the game. Taiwan got a solo homerun from Shuo-Heng Han, his second of the day.

Taiwan 10 Mexico 0

Coming into this game Taiwan pitchers had yet to give up a hit. Small consolation for Mexico but they got four hits, but none of their players crossed the plate. The power bats of Antonis Macias, Juan Tirado and Cesar Monjaras were a combined 1 for 6, with Tirado getting the only hit. Shuo-Heng Han worked the first 3.1 innings allowing just one hit and striking out six. The game ended after the top of the fifth when Mexico could not score a run. Han helped his cause with a homerun and three RBIs on a 2 for 3 day with three runs scored. The Taiwan lineup put a lot of pressure on the Mexican catcher, stealing 8 bases and also walking 9 times.

Mexico 8 Brazil 7

Mexico got a little complacent after their tough loss to Taiwan. Leading 7-2 they allowed Brazil to score five runs in the last three innings to tie the game. Mexico won it in the seventh when Brazil could not score after loading the bases with no outs. Juan Hernandez struck out the next two hitters and got a ground out to end the threat. Mexico got a one out walk off single from Daniel Garza to end the game. Mexico got a homerun and two RBIs from Jose Tirado, his feverish bat blasting his third homerun of the tournament. Juan Saldana also hit a homerun for Mexico. Brazil got a solo shot from Gabriel Deangelo.

United States 20 Germany 3

The United States slugged three homeruns, pieced together 16 hits with seven walks and blasted Germany. Joshua Atomanczyk bashed his third homer of the tournament and his replacement in the game Carl Rice also went deep. Trent Abel also went deep, finishing the game 4 for 4 with four RBIs and four runs scored. Gregory Pierantoni also contributed four RBIs.

Japan 31 Russia 0

This was the first game for Japan with an evening affair against undefeated Taiwan to follow. Russia remains the only team that has yet to score a run. Japan scored their 31 runs in three at bats, an 18 run third putting the game out of reach. As a team they stole 16 bases. Kota Yonezawa had a perfect 5 for 5 day with four RBIs and four runs scored. Every player in the Japanese lineup crossed the plate at least once and drove in at least one run.

Korea 5 Nicaragua 1

Korea needed the win to put them in the playoffs. Jin-Jung Lee hit a solo shot and Seung-Won Ji pitched 3.2 innings of shutout ball. The win put Korea and Nicaragua into a second place tie with Panama. Korea and Nicaragua advanced because of their team quality balance.

Panama 15 Australia 2

Panama banged out 16 hits in their rout of Australia. Adan Sanchez and Omar Reluz each scored three times to lead the offense. Even though the win put them in a second place tie with Korea and Nicaragua their team quality balance was not good enough to advance them to the playoffs.