15 and Under - Day 3

Cuba breezed through their battle of the undefeateds but Taiwan squeaked past Mexico.  Defending champion Venezuela was able to handle undefeated Argentina.  The nine inning games were more prevalent with all three of those games going the distance.

Taiwan 10 Mexico 9

There have not been many cliff hangers in the early going, but this was a first.  Taiwan dominated early but Mexico rallied back.  They scored four in the bottom of the ninth and the game ended on a strike em out caught stealing double play.  Hung-Yi Wang came into the game to strike out the last hitter.  It was a sloppy game with eight errors influencing the game, five of the errors by Taiwan.  Ming-Chi Juan was the big bat for Taiwan with a 3 for 3 day and two walks, allowing him to score three times and drive in two runs.  He also had two stolen bases.  Taiwan now moves to 3-0 while Mexico drops to 2-1.

Cuba 12 Australia 2

In another battle of the undefeateds Cuba showed their dominance.  After clubbing the defending champions Venezuela yesterday they bludgeoned Australia with 13 hits and 12 walks in their nine inning victory.  Jonathan Machado was again the big bat with three hits from his lead off perch, crossing the plate three times.  Ramon Perez tossed five plus innings of one hit ball, walking four and allowing two unearned runs to cross the plate.  Osvaldo Cardenas finished the game going the last three plus innings without allowing a run and scattering two hits and two walks.  Australian starter Joshua Bedggood may have been a little nervous facing the Cubans, walking seven hitters in just three plus innings.  He only allowed two hits.

Venezuela 9 Argentina 4

Argentina’s hope for an upset were dashed when Venezuela exploded for five runs in the opening frame.  Gustavo Gomez had the clutch hit of the inning with a two run single.  Brayan Carpio worked the first six plus innings to get the win for Venezuela, striking out eight.  Argentina got three hits from Lucas Stalman in the loss.  Argentina drops to 1-2, their only losses created by Venezuela and Cuba, who finished first and second in this tournament last year.  Venezuela improves to 2-1.

United States 25 South Africa 0

Devin Ortiz and Ryan Vilade combined for a five inning no hitter, only an error preventing the first perfect game of the tournament.  Ortiz struck out seven of the ten hitters he faced.  Noah Cambell had the big bat with three hits and three RBIs, bashing one of the six doubles hit by the United States team.

Japan 16 New Zealand 0

Three Japanese pitchers combined for a no hitter against New Zealand, Kensei Saito working three of the five innings and striking out six of the nine hitters he faced.  Each of the pitchers walked one hitter.  Hayato Nishiura continued with the big bat driving in six runs with a grand slam homerun and a single.  New Zealand was battling 4-0 but the grand slam in the fourth broke the game wide open.

Italy 11 Czech Republic 1

Italy got their first win, keeping the Czechs winless.  Matteo Liberti worked his magic, limiting the Czechs to one run in five innings of work to get the win.  Leonardo Seminati was a homerun short of the cycle, finishing the day 3 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases.  He crossed the plate three times and drove in one run.

Brazil 10 Guatemala 3

Brazil has had an easy schedule to start the tournament, but they remain undefeated, knocking off Guatemala.  The combined records for their opponents is 1-8.  Vitor Nakamura worked eight innings, striking out 11 to get the win.  He tired towards the end giving up runs in his last two innings of work.  Henrique Maciel drove in four runs with two triples and a single.  He also crossed the plate three times and stole two bases.  Naoki Takano went 3 for 3 with two walks.

Panama 12 Germany 3

Germany has been playing so well, almost beating the power house Japan, but Panama erupted for a six run third to run away with their game, dropping Germany to 1-2 and upping Panama to 2-1.  Enrique Saldana banged out four hits in five at bats to drive in four runs to lead the Panama offense.  Saldana has eight hits in his last nine at bats.  Omar Vigil also collected four hits with Panama banging out 18 hits in the game.  Panama improves to 2-1 while Germany drops to 1-2.

Hong Kong 17 Lithuania 4

Hong Kong broke into the winner’s bracket, leaving Lithuania without a win.  Tsz-Hei Fong got the win with five innings of solid work.  He was helped by the leadoff bat of Cheuk-Yam Wan, who scored five times with two hits and three walks, also driving in three runs.  Fong also helped himself with a three RBI game on two hits.

The big games for today are Brazil and Taiwan.  Brazil will see how real they are facing an undefeated opponent.  The big match will be the United States versus Japan, a battle between the top two rated countries in the world rankings.  Venezuela will battle Australia, an opportunity for Australia to save face after their loss to Cuba.

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