15 and Under - Day One

Lots of action in the 15 and under tournament held in Mexico yesterday.  For all the results you can go here:  http://www.ibaf.org/en/competition/9d251b15-a7d7-412b-990a-e2e9e6d921d3/results.  Not a lot of compelling games, with most of the results lopsided.  That will happen when more established baseball countries play the new comers to the scene.

United States 14 Panama 2

Panama was tied 1-1 after the first inning, but a five run second inning put this game out of reach.  Four walks and a hit by pitch fueled the rally.  Alejandro Toral went deep for the United States and Mark Vientos was the RBI leader with three.  Hunter Green threw five of the seven innings played to get the win.

Cuba 12 Argentina 2

Cuba also took advantage of walks, nine of them to rake Argentina.  Angel Diaz pitched five innings of shutout ball, striking out nine to get the win.  Leadoff hitter Jonathan Machado banged two doubles and stole two bases to stir the offense for Cuba.

Japan 15 South Africa 1

Japan scored in all six innings it batted in the rout.  Hayato Nishiura smacked three hits to drive in two runs to lead the offense.  Katsuhiro Kobayashi struck out all four hitters he faced while pitching in relief.  Combined with Ryoma Akie striking out the only two hitters he faced, the two combined to strike out the last six South African hitters to bat.

Taiwan 10 Guatemala 0

It was a close game until Taiwan bunched together six runs in the eighth inning to end the game by the ten run rule.  Yu-Hao Huang and Chao-Ching Wan each threw three innings of no hit ball.  Guatemala got their first and only two hits in the seventh inning.  Six Guatemala errors created eight unearned runs.

Germany 13 New Zealand 1

In what should have been a closer game, Germany poured it on against New Zealand, scoring all their runs in the first three innings.  Florian Seidel pitched four innings of shutout ball to get the win.  Five different German players crossed the plate twice but David Reichertz scored twice and drove in two runs without the benefit of a hit or a walk.  The New Zealand pitchers threw 10 free passes in the first three innings until Casey Akroyd came on to stop the bleeding, throwing four plus innings of shutout ball.

Venezuela 15 Hong Kong 0

Angel Ortega pitched five innings of no hit ball in the win, striking out 12 of the 16 batters he faced.  He walked one to ruin his perfect game.  Daniel Montano drove in five runs, falling just a triple short of the cycle.

Brazil 12 Czech Republic 2

The battle between the two emerging baseball powers was won easily by Brazil.  A seven run seventh turned a close game into a rout, with two errors, five walks and a hit by pitch contributing to the onslaught.  Norio Tanaka went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two doubles and Henrique Maciel crossed the plate four times on two hits, both doubles and a walk and hit by pitch to lead the offense.

Australia 19 Lithuania 0

Australia got off to a jamming start with a nine run first and seven run second.  Jesse Hunter banged out four hits with Kodey Wilford and starting pitcher Dermot Fritsch knocking in three runs apiece.

Mexico 23 Italy 0

Mexico poured it on a poor Italian team, scoring crooked numbers in all four innings, if you count 11 as a crooked number.  The Italians could not buy a hit off Faustino Carrera who went three innings and Darrell Torres who worked the last two.  The Italian pitchers walked 11 with their starting pitcher hitting five of the 18 batters he faced.  Marco Martinez drove in five runs with his three hits and Isaac Paredes and Jaime Garza each crossed the plate four times.

Hopefully, their will be more competetive games today.

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