Brazil beating Mexico and South Korea nipping Taiwan were considered mild upsets. The Cubans beating the Canadians by ten runs was a big surprise.
Cuba 11 Canada 1
Miguel Vargas drove in three runs with a triple in the seven run fourth to crush the Canadians. Oscar Colas also drove in three runs with a two run double in the first to open the scoring for Cuba and an RBI single in the seven run fourth. Cooper Davis hit a solo shot for Canada, one of only three hits off Josimar Cousin.
United States 11 Australia 1
It took them eight innings but the United States replicated the score Cuba defeated Canada. The United States scored in every inning but the first and fourth, with Nicholas Pratto throwing a complete game. Pratto only allowed two hits in his eight innings of work.
South Korea 4 Taiwan 3
The South Koreans shocked their Asian counterparts to remain undefeated. Won-Jun Choi continued to wreak havoc from the leadoff spot with three hits, two doubles and a walk to score twice. Suk-Jin Im came through with the big hit, a two run double in the second that gave Korea a 4-0 lead. Taiwan rallied in the eighth, scoring twice and loading the bases but came up short. Young-Ha Lee was able to get a pop up with the bases loaded, then turned it over to Jun-Young Park who retired the side in order in the ninth.
Brazil 9 Mexico 7
Gabriel Maciel triggered the offense from the leadoff spot with four hits for Brazil. Jose Quinonez drove in five runs from the DH spot for Mexico. Thiago Yaginuma worked nine innings despite giving up seven runs, throwing 135 pitches for Brazil.
Italy 12 South Africa 2
Italy won their first game. Gabriel Tealdi smacked four hits and Giulio Monello added three to account for 7 of the 13 hits for Italy. Federico Pecci pitched seven innings to get the win, allowing two unearned runs. Matthias Zotti worked two perfect innings of relief to seal the victory.
Japan 15 Czech Republic 0
Shoki Katsumata bashed a three run homer in a five run first and Japan was off to complete the skunk. Shoki finished with four hits, two doubles and the homerun to drive in five runs. Ryo Shinohara also collected four hits for Japan but only drove in two. The Czechs were helpless against Masato Morishita, striking out 12 times and only collecting three hits.