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South Africa Advances to European/Africa Cup

Monday, May 6th, 2019

There was not much doubt who would advance to the Europe/Africa Qualifier. They had to play the games anyway. In the championship match South Africa defeated Uganda 28-0. They had beaten them earlier in pool play 18-0. Uganda may have been the darlings of the Little League World Series a couple years ago, but they still have a ways to go before reaching the level of play of South Africa. The Europe/Africa qualifier will begin September 18-22 in Italy. And just as it was apparent that South Africa would win the Africa games, it is just as apparent that they will be outmatched against their European adversaries and not advance to the Olympics. But they still have to play the games.

South Africa catcher Kyle Botha was voted the MVP of the tournament. Third baseman Darren Boltman was identified as the top hitter. Now some major league team go out and sign these two players to minor league contracts.

Zimbabwe took 11 innings but beat Burkina Faso 17-16 in the third place game.

Final Two African Teams Determined for African Cup

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

The final two teams have been determined for the Africa Cup. Lesotho withdrew from the Africa Zone South Continental Qualifier, leaving only two teams to play, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The two will play to determine the seeding for the Africa Cup.

Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya have already qualified for the Africa Cup, which will be played May 1 to May 5. The winner of the Africa Cup will advance to the Europe/Africa Qualifier, with the winner of that event qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.

Groups Decided for the Premier 12

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The three groups for the Premier 12 have been decided. Group A will be from November 2-5 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Group B will be played in Taiwan from November 5-7. Group C will be played November 6-8 in Seoul Korea. The top two teams from each group will travel to Tokyo, Japan to play in a Super Round from November 11-16. The top two teams will qualify to participate in the 2020 Olympics (with the third place team qualifying if Japan should finish as one of the top two teams).

Group A

United States (2), Mexico (6), Netherlands (8) and Dominican Republic (12)

Group B

Japan (1), Taiwan (4), Venezuela (9) and Puerto Rico (11)

Group C

Korea (3), Cuba (5), Australia (7) and Canada (10)

Uganda and Kenya Qualify for Africa Cup

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Uganda and Kenya both defeated Tanzania and advanced to the Africa Cup to be played in South Africa May 1-5. Burkina Faso and Nigeria were the first two countries to advance. The third Zonal playoffs will be played this weekend between the favorites South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. The winner of the Africa Cup (probably South Africa) will advance to Europe to attempt to qualify for the Olympics in 2020.

Kenya downed Tanzania 14-12. Uganda beat Tanzania 23-1. Uganda walloped four homeruns in the first inning in their win. They hit eight homeruns total, one an inside the park job. Kenya and Uganda play each other tomorrow for the seeding.

Burkina Faso and Nigeria advance to the Africa Cup

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Burkina Faso proved to be the more dominant team in the preliminary Zone West pre-Qualifier to see who would advance to South Africa for the Africa’s Cup. Burkina Faso out scored Nigeria in the opener 13-3. They then beat the hosts Ghana 14-4.

Nigeria was also able to advance with a 7-6 win over Ghana. They scored the winning run courtesy of two Ghana errors in the seventh inning. Ghana made eight errors in the game.

Two other regional matches will be played, the first in Zone East, which will be April 5-7 between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in Nairobi, Kenya. The second will be in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 27-29 between South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

The top two teams from each zone will play the Africa Regional in Johannesburg May 1-5. The winner will then go to Europe (Parma and Bologna, Italy) to play in the Europe/Africa Qualifier September 18-22. The winner of that will qualify for the Olympics to be played in Tokyo in 2020. The runner up will go to Taiwan to play in a final qualifier in early 2020.