15 and Under - Day Four

The United States won the first round of their game against Japan.  Japan will get another opportunity to beat them in the second round.  Taiwan had an easy time with Brazil, putting them back to earth.  With the victory both the United States and Taiwan have advanced to the second round. No big upsets, though Hong Kong surprised Argentina.

United States 7 Japan 2

Japan made an uncharacteristic five errors and the United States scored early and hung on to win and advance to the second round.  Hugh Fisher worked six innings to get the win, surrendering only one run.  Steven Williams, who had a triple and double yesterday, smashed a solo shot in the second to give the United States a 2-1 lead. Alejandro Toral went 2 for 2 with a double, two runs scored and one driven in to lead the offense.  He has been on base his last eight times to the plate.

Taiwan 17 Brazil 1

Brazil had a 1-0 lead after three innings.  Taiwan tied it in the fourth and then blasted 16 runs in the next two innings to win and advance to the second round.  Brazil committed four of their six errors in a nightmare of a fifth inning.  Ming Chi Juan blasted a three run triple in the fifth to put the game out of reach for Taiwan.  Chen-Tso Tseng and Yin-Chi Tu also drove in three runs for Taiwan.

Argentina 12 Hong Kong 11

Argentina scored the game winning run without benefit of a hit in the bottom of the ninth.  Martin Gorriaran led off the inning being hit by a pitch.  He stole second and then scored on a throwing error by the pitcher on a bunt.  Lucas Stalman rapped out three hits and stole four bases for Argentina.  Nicolas Barrientos drove in three runs on two singles and a triple.  Cheuk-Yam Wan has shown an ability to score.  After crossing the plate five times against Lithuania he scored four times against Argentina with three walks and a single.  His nine runs scored in the last two games has come via six walks.

Italy 11 Guatemala 8

After giving up five runs in the opening frame, Guatemala almost pulled off an upset, taking a 6-5 lead after three before falling to Italy.  Filippo Daddi shut down the Guatemalan bats the last two innings to pick up the save.  Tommaso Giannini drove in three runs for Italy to lead their offense.  Bryan Giron threw three plus shutout innings for Guatemala to keep the game close.  For a last minute addition to the tournament Guatemala has played some competitive games.

Panama 5 New Zealand 1

The good news for New Zealand is they held the opposition to single digits in runs scored.  It was also their first game to play nine innings.  For Panama it was their third straight win after an opening day loss to the United States.  Agustin Velasco held the New Zealand bats to one run in six innings, allowing only one hit.  Adan Frias pitched three innings of hitless relief to close out the game.  Wilfredo Pereira went 2 for 2 with a triple and an RBI to lead the offense.  Taylor Anthony Moanaroa had the best pitched game for New Zealand, giving up only five runs in six innings.

Germany 13 South Africa 0

Germany evened its record with the whitewash of South Africa.  Florian Seidel threw a seven inning no hitter, walking two for the Germans.  David Reichertz was again the offensive leader for the Germans with three RBIs.

Cuba 30 Lithuania 0

Perhaps they should have required Cuba to bat with their eyes closed.  The game only went five innings.  Angel Diaz got the equivalent of a hit an inning, driving in four runs.  Miguel Vargas scored the equivalent of a run each inning.  Pedro Portuondo pitched a complete five inning one hitter.  If not for the third inning hit it would have been a perfect game.

Venezuela 13 Australia 3

Venezuela proved too powerful for Australia, especially Rafael Marchan who peppered Australian pitchers for four hits, including a triple that resulted in four RBIs and two runs scored.  Jose Orta pitched four plus innings of relief to get the win.  He struck out nine.  It was a sloppy game with 11 errors committed by the two teams, six of them Australia.  Venezuelan pitchers also walked ten hitters, but Australia could not take advantage of their generosity and their three total hits met all their batters were out hit by Marchan.  Venezuela moves to 3-1 while Australia drops to 2-2.

Taiwan appears to have won pool A with Brazil coming in second.  There were no scores reported for the Mexico Czech Republic match.  In pool B the United States wins their pool at 4-0 with Japan and Panama tied at 3-1.  Group C has Cuba as the lone undefeated team with Venezuela in second at 3-1.  The top two teams advance to the second round, which should result in more competitive matches.

The big game today is Panama versus Japan with the winner advancing to the second round.  Mexico and Brazil do battle in pool A with the winner advancing to the second round.  In pool C Venezuela should beat Lithuania and advance with Cuba to the second round.  Since they have already beaten Argentina and Australia they advance via the tiebreaker, assuming it is head to head.  Taiwan and the United States have already advanced regardless of outcome based on head to head matches with the two second place teams.

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