Archive | August, 2012

Ajax to Host the 2015 Pan-American Games

The Pan-American Games is the largest multi-sport competition where baseball and softball are still played after the Olympic Committee decided to drop the program after the 2008 games in Beijing.

The 2015 Pan-Am games will be held in Toronto and it was recently announced that the town of Ajax will host the baseball and softball.

Currently there is no venue in Ajax to hold the competitions. However, the committee will work with government organizations to build fields. The fields will be used for recreational and amateur events after the close of the tournament.

The 17th Pan-Am Games will take place July 10-26, 2015. Forty-one nations will compete in 36 events.

Canada is the defending champion in baseball winning their first gold medal and second overall. Cuba leads all nations with 12 gold medals.

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Venezuela Upsets Cuba to Win the 15U Baseball World Championship

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico – Venezuela upset highly favored Cuba in the finals of the 15U Baseball World Championships. The South American team blew out the previously undefeated Cuba 10-2. Cuba had beaten Venezuela 11-5 earlier in the tournament.

Venezuela jumped on top early scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning getting help from 2 Cuban errors. They extended their lead with runs in the 2nd and 4th innings, but then they blew it open with 4 runs in the 6th inning.

Jose Herrera led the way offensively for Venezuela going 3-for-6 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Angel Manzanarez and Luis Perdomo also collected 3 hits each in the 13 hit attack.

Ricardo Sanchez, tournament MVP, picked up the win on the mound going 7 innings allowing 2 runs (1 ER) on 6 hits and 6 walks while striking out 6.

Chinese Taipei won the bronze medal with a 6-1 win over Mexico earlier in the day. Brazil finished in 5th place with a 9-7 win over Nicaragua.

Final Standings:

1) Venezuela
2) Cuba
3) Chinese Taipei
4) Mexico
5) Brazil
6) Nicaragua
7) Honduras
8 ) Argentina
9) Aruba
10) Italy
11) Germany
12) Hong Kong
13) Ukraine
14) Lithuania
15) Indonesia

Individual Awards:

Leading Hitter: Conrado Díaz (MEX)
Pitcher Best ERA: Dannel Díaz (CUB)
Pitcher Best Win-Loss Record: Kevin Reyes (HON)
Most Runs Batted In: Sergio Cestarelli (ITA)
Most Home Runs: Greifer Andrade (VEN)
Most Stolen Bases: Lucas Sakay (BRA)
Most Runs Scored: Lucas Sakay (BRA)
Outstanding Defensive Player: Yu Tang Ming (TPE)
Most Valuable Player: Ricardo Sanchez (VEN)

All Star Team 

Starting Pitcher: Dannel Diaz (CUB)
Relief Pitcher: Jose Garcia (HON)
Catcher: Jose Herrera (VEN)
First Baseman: Yordan Alvarez (CUB)
Second Baseman: Hector Chapa (MEX)
Third Baseman: Hector Guerrero (MEX)
Shortstop: Rangel Ramos (CUB)
Outfielder: Nestor Tejada (VEN)
Outfielder: Conrado Diaz (MEX)
Outfielder: Camil Quintero (CUB)

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Long Beach, California Wins Pony League World Series Title

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania – Long Beach, California defeated Chinese Taipei 9-7 to capture the 2012 Pony League World Series Title. It was Long Beach’s 4th title and the 21st overall for California.

Long Beach jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the 2nd, but it didn’t last long. In the bottom half of the inning, Chinese Taipei came back with 5 runs of their own to tie the game.

Spencer Steer hit a 3-run home run for Long Beach in their 5-run 2nd inning. With the game tied at 5, Bryan Smith hit a pinch-hit 2-run home run to give Long Beach a 7-5 lead in the 3rd inning. They would cap their scoring in the 4th inning when Steer would hit his 2nd home run of the game, this time a 2-run shot.

Chia Lung Lai pulled Chinese Taipei even at 5 in the 2nd inning with the 39th all-time grand slam.

Linescore 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB
Long Beach, CA – 0 5 2 2 0 0 0 – 9 9 3 2
Chinese Taipei – 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 – 7 8 1 7

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Canada Announces Roster for 18U Baseball World Championships in Seoul, South Korea

Baseball Canada announced its 20-player roster for the upcoming 18U Baseball World Championships being held in Seoul, South Korea from August 30 to September 8.

Canada will compete in Pool B in which they will play a round-robin with Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, and Panama. They will start the tournament August 30th against Panama.

The selection process for the team began in March with a 10-day camp in St. Petersburg, Florida. Further camps were held in April and May with the final selection coming from a camp in Toronto and Ronchi dei Legionari, Italy.

The team features nine players selected in MLB’s June draft. Also nine players are returning from the 2011 team that finished 2nd at the Americas 18U Qualification Tournament in Cartagena, Colombia.

Canada is coming off a 4th place finish in the 2010 18U Baseball World Championship that was held in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The coaching staff includes:

Greg Hamilton – Head Coach

Chris Reitsma – Pitching Coach

Hyung Cho – Third Base Coach

Corey Eckstein – First Base Coach

Canada 2012 JNT Roster

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Bern Cardinals Win European Cup Playoff in Zurich

ZURICH, Switzerland – The first of two European Cup Playoffs were played this weekend in Zurich between the Bern Cardinals and the Montpellier Baracudas. The Hoboken Pioneers withdrew from the tournament giving away the Belgian A-Pool spot.

After dropping the first game, Bern bounced back winning two games on Sunday to win the best-of-3 series and clinching their federation a spot in the 2013 A-Pool of the European Cups.

Bern Cardinals 2, Montpellier Baracudas 4

Montpellier (FRA) got a good outing by starter Thomas Langloys who tossed 7.1 innings allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits to pick up the win in Game 1. Thomas Meley picked up the save finishing off the game. Ryan Byrne took the loss for Bern.

Guillaume Felices scored twice going 2-for-4 for Montpellier. Juan Barrera drove in a run going 2-for-4 as the Barracudas took the first game.

Montpellier Barracudas 8, Bern Cardinals 9

Bern bounced back on Sunday taking Game 2 to tie the series at 1 game apiece behind a complete game win by Benjamin Waite who gave up 8 runs on 13 hits.

Kyle Orr took the loss for Montpellier lasting only 3 innings giving up 8 runs (3 ER).

Ryan Byrne came back after taking the loss on the hill in Game 1 to have a big day at the plate going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI including a double and a triple. Angelo Rodriguez drove in 2 runs, scored 2 more, and picked up 2 hits on the day helping Bern to the win.

Anthony Cros had a good day for Montpellier going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI. Kyle Orr and Guillaume Felices both drove in a run, scored twice, and picked up two hits in the game.

Montpellier Barracudas 7, Bern Cardinals 11

In the decisive Game 3, the Bern Cardinals held off a 9th inning comeback from Montpellier to hold onto the win and take the title. John Baum pitched all 9 innings for Bern allowing 7 runs on 10 hits. He tired late as Montpellier scored 5 in the top of the 9th to make it a closer game. Baum threw 156 pitches in the win.

Andy Pitcher took the loss for Montpellier going 4.1 innings allowing 6 runs on 9 hits. Anthony Cros had another big game going 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and 2 doubles in the loss.

Bern catcher Seth Suplin scored 3 times, drove in 2 runs, and hit a solo home run in the win. Johnny Perigo picked up 3 hits including a triple. Benjamin Waite went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI helping in the win. Bern pounded out 16 hits but had only 2 extra base hits.

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Japan Wins 2012 Little League World Series Title

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The team from Goodlettsville, Tennessee came into the 2012 Little League World Series Championship coming off a win in one of the most memorable games in recent memory. However, they couldn’t find the magic again falling to Japan 12-2 in the championship game.

A day after scoring 24 runs against California, Japan held Tennessee to just 2 hits, home runs by Brock Myers and Lorenzo Butler.

Japan was led by Noriatsu Osaka who went 4-for-4 with a triple and 3 home runs driving in 4 runs from the lead off spot. Yuta Ishida chipped in with 2 hits including a home run and 3 RBI as Japan powered their way to the title. Rintaro Hirano also homered for Japan en route to the win.

Kotaro Kiyomiya picked up his 2nd win of the tournament going 4 innings allowing only 1 run on a single hit while striking out 8. Justin Smith, who hadn’t pitched in the LLWS or the Southeast Regional, got the start for Tennessee allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings.

The championship was Japan’s 8th and 2nd in the last 3 years. Goodlettsville, a Nashville suburb, was the first team from Tennessee to advance to South Williamsport since Morristown in 1987.

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Na Koa Ikaika Maui To Play For The NABL North Divisional Championship Title on Sunday (August 26th)


San Rafael, California, August 25, 2012 – The Valley Isle’s only professional sports team, Na Koa Ikaika Maui, is happy to announce that after defeating the San Rafael Pacifics 2-0 today, they evened the NABL North Division Championship Series (a Best of 3), at one (1) game apiece. The deciding game is tomorrow, Sunday August 25th. First pitch is scheduled for 10:15am HST/1:15pm PST. The game will be broadcast locally on Maui on our Flagship, KAOI AM 1110 and around the world online at Bill Schindler, the “Voice of Na Koa Ikaika Maui” will be calling the action from Albert Park in San Rafael.

This is the 3rd season for Na Koa Ikaika (36-29) on Maui and the inaugural season for the San Rafael Pacifics (33-26), yet the teams have been evenly matched throughout 2012. The two (2) teams finished the regular season tied for 1st Place. They have battled each other twenty three (23) times so far this season, with the Pacifics winning twelve (12) of them and Na Koa Ikaika Maui winning eleven (11). The twenty fourth (24th) match-up of the season will determine the Division Champion.

Bob Young, owner of Hawaii Baseball LLC, stated “I’ve learned after six (6) years of ownership in Independent Professional Baseball that each team is different, unique in their own way. I’ve got to say that this 2012 team is really special. They had a slow start but stuck together and have gelled into a close unit. They care about each other and enjoy playing together. They have persevered and now seem to be hitting on all cylinders. San Rafael is a very tough team. It’s not going to be easy but we are looking forward to tomorrow’s game and hope to bring a Championship back to the Valley Isle!”




The team, one of Hawaii’s only two professional sports organizations (the other being sister team – Hawaii Stars on the Big Island of Hawaii), will be competing in the North American Baseball league (NAL) against teams from California, and Texas; Na Koa Ikaika Maui play all of their home games in Iron Maehara Stadium in Wailuku. For more information, contact David Andrus, CEO of Hawaii Baseball LLC (contact info above) or Chris Osgood, COO of Hawaii Baseball LLC, or 404-210-3968.

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Italy: T&A San Marino Wins Back to Back Italian Series Titles

T&A San Marino defended its Italian Series title with a win on Friday night over Telemarket Rimini. San Marino won in style with a walk-off RBI double with one out in the bottom of the 9th by Francesco Imperiali. 

T&A San Marino jumped out on top 3-0 scoring all 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd on a 3-run home run by Imperiali. They added another run in the 6th on an RBI single by Carlos Duran.

However, Rimini came back strong trailing 4-0 and tied the game with 4 runs of its own in the top of the 7th. Joseph Persichina (2-for-5) singled driving in 2 runs tying the game.

That’s where the game stayed until the bottom of the 9th. After Laidel Chapelli singled with one out, Imperiali drove him home to win the game with a double to right field.

Tiago Da Silva went the distance for San Marino allowing 4 runs (3 ER) on 12 hits to pick up the win. Carlos Pezzullo took the loss in relief.

T&A San Marino took the series 4-games-to-2 after winning the first 3 games.

Photo Courtesy FIBS and CB / Oldmanagency

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Corendon Kinheim Wins 2012 Holland Series

Corendon Kinheim swept its way to the 2012 Holland Series title defeating DOOR Neptunus 9-2 in Game 4 on Tuesday.

Championship Series MVP David Bergman struck out 13 in 8 innings to capture the win clinching the title for Kinheim. Dirk van’t Klooster (2-for-4/2 RBI)and Bryan Engelhardt (1-for-3) both homered in the win.

Rien Vernooij homered for DOOR in the loss.

The game was close until the 8th inning when Corendon scored 5 times putting the game out of reach. A pair of Neptunus errors contributed to the offensive outburst as Corendon collected only 2 hits in the 5-run inning.

Corendon Kinheim came back to finish 2nd in the round robin after starting off with a 3 losses to the Neptunus.

Final Results:

Corendon Kinheim 4, DOOR Neptunus 2

Corendon Kinheim 3, DOOR Neptunus 1

DOOR Neptunus 3, Corendon Kinheim 7

DOOR Neptunus 2, Corendon Kinheim 9

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US Southeast Powers Its Way to 2012 Little League World Series Championship Game

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – In what will go down as one of the all-time great games not only in the 2012 Little League World Series but of all time, Goodlettsville, TN (representing the US Southeast) defeated Petaluma, CA (West) 24-16 in the United States Championship Game on Saturday afternoon.

The West team rallied back from a 10 run deficit in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game at 15 pushing it into extra innings. The West team rallied to within 3 runs before Kempton Brandis and Hance Smith hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game and force the extra frame.

However, the West couldn’t take the lead or hold on. In the top of the 7th, the Southeast scored 9 runs capped by a Jayson Brown 2-run home run.

The teams combined for a total of 35 hits, 7 walks, and 7 home runs. But the biggest day came from Goodlettsville’s Lorenzo Butler who set a record for RBI with 9 and tied the record for home runs with 3. He finished the game 3-for-5 with 4 runs scored.

The team from Tennessee with face of with Japan in the championship game as they defeated Panama (Latin America) 10-2 in the International Championship.

Japan slugged 5 home runs in the championship game to advance including two from Kotaro Kiyomiya.

The World Series Championship Game is set for 3pm Sunday. It will be shown live on ABC and

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2012 Little League World Series International and US Championship Games Set

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The US and International Championship games are set for the 2012 Little League World Series. In the International Championship, Japan (3-0) will face off with Latin America. (3-1). In the US Championship, the West (Petaluma, CA) will square off with Southeast (Goodlettsville, TN) to determine who will play in the Little League World Series Championship.

Japan defeated Latin America 4-1 last Wednesday. Japan blasted two home runs and got a good start from Ryuji Osada to pick up the win giving Latin America its only loss.

In the US Championship, undefeated Goodlettsville, TN will take on Petaluma, CA. In their first meeting, the Southeast defeated the West 9-6 nearly a week ago. It was the West’s only loss in the tournament so far. The first game was an exciting one. The game was tied going into the final inning when the Southeast scored 4 runs which included a 2-run triple and a 2-run home run to put the game out of reach. Don’t count out the West though as they have hit the second most home runs with 10 so far including 4 in the loss to the Southeast.

The championship games will take place on Saturday. The winners will advance to the Little League World Series Championship while the losers will play in the consolation game on Sunday.

Saturday August 25th
12:30 pm International Championship
Japan vs Latin America

3:30 pm US Championship
Southeast vs West

Sunday August 26th
11:00 am Consolation Game
3:00 pm World Series Championship

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Pecos League: Trinidad Triggers Unveil New Logo

TRINIDAD, Colorado – The Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League have released their new logo. The new Triggers hats with the new logo will go on sale in January 2013.

The Triggers will keep the same jerseys and colors of black and yellow. They will continue to use the original logo as an alternate.

The logo is more of a Western Theme and is designed after Bat Masterson who was a famous gunman in the area at the turn of the century.

The Triggers made the playoffs in their first year in the Pecos League but lost in the first round to the eventual champion Alpine Cowboys.

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Great Britain: National Baseball Championships Preview

After more than four months of regular season games, the pinnacle of British baseball arrives this weekend with a three-day display of the best on offer from all divisions. With at least 13 games being played at the NBC’s, baseball fans from across the country can get ready for fantastic weekend!

After the final playoff games last Sunday, 19 August, 58 teams had been whittled down to the 14 who will contest the National Baseball Championships at four separate levels – Single-A, AA, AAA and the National Baseball League.


The reigning national champions, the Harlow Nationals, booked their place in the NBC several weeks ago and they crowned it in style by finishing top of the NBL standings after splitting a doubleheader against the Herts Falcons on Sunday, August 19.  The Falcons finished in second place as a result and go into the NBC as the second seed.

The Southampton Mustangs also secured automatic entry by finishing third and they will go into the weekend with the wind in their sails after an impressive doubleheader sweep away at the champions two weeks ago.

The final NBC place was taken by the London Mets, who defeated the Lakenheath Diamondbacks in the NBL Wild Card game on August 19 at Finsbury Park.

NBL Schedule

Saturday, August 25
Game 1 (12.00):  Harlow Nationals v London Mets
Game 2 (15.00):  Herts Falcons v Southampton Mustangs

Sunday, August 26
Game 3 (10.00 am):  Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
Game 4 (13.30):  Loser Game 1 v Loser Game 2 (loser will be eliminated)
Game 5 (17.00):  Loser Game 3 v Winner Game 4 (loser will be eliminated)

Monday, August 27
Game 6 (11.00):  Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 5
Game 7 (14.30):  Same as above (will be played if Winner of Game 3 loses Game 6)


The National Baseball Championships are a unique opportunity for fans of baseball and for those who are new to the sport to get close to the action and witness the crowning of the 2012 British Baseball Champions.

Of course it would not be a true baseball celebration without good food and a variety of traditional baseball food and drinks will be on offer.


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Following the resignation of BBF President Mark Salter the board have issued the following statement.

The British Baseball Federation Board has today accepted Mark Salter’s resignation from the role of President of the Federation.  The Board would like to express its gratitude to Mark for all his hard work during his Presidency and hopes to continue his effort to grow the sport and awareness of the sport across all ages in Britain.  Mark worked tirelessly to strengthen the BBF’s relationship with international organisations and leaves with those connections at an all-time high.

The Board wishes Mark all the best and hopes that he will continue, albeit in a different role, to further the sport in the future.


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USA Baseball Announces Roster for 18U World Championships in Seoul

The final roster for USA Baseball has been announced for the 18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea. The players represent 8 different states. The final 20 players were selected after the final round of national team trials in Fullerton, California.

After starting with 144 players, it was whittled down to 40. Those 40 players competed in phase one of the team trials. Following the Prospect Classic, where the 40 players competed, the roster was down to 28. Those 28 players competed in the final round of the trials in California before the roster was cut down to the final 20.

The team will travel to Taiwan to play a three game exhibition series with Taiwan from August 25-27.

The 18U World Championships in Seoul run from August 30 to September 8. The USA opens play in a pool with Venezuela, Colombia, Australia, Netherlands, and host Korea.

USA 18U Roster:

Name, Position, Hometown
William Abreu, OF, Hialeah, Fla.
Christian Arroyo, IF, Brooksville, Fla.
Cavan Biggio, IF/OF, Houston, Texas
Ryan Boldt, OF, Red Wing, Minn.
Bryson Brigman, IF/OF, San Jose, Calif.
Ian Clarkin, LHP, San Diego, Calif.
Kevin Davis, RHP, Brewton, Ala.
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, San Marcos, Calif.
Connor Heady, IF/RHP, Prospect, Ky.
John Kilichowski, LHP, Tampa, Fla.
Jeremy Martinez, C, Santa Ana, Calif.
Andy McGuire, IF, Vienna, Va.
Reese McGuire, C, Covington, Wash.
Dom Nunez, IF, Elk Grove, Calif.
Chris Okey, C, Mt. Dora, Fla.
Ryan Olson, RHP, Upland, Calif.
Carson Sands, LHP, Tallahassee, Fla.
Dominic Taccolini, RHP, Sugarland, Texas
Keegan Thompson, RHP, Cullman, Ala.
Garrett Williams, LHP, Shreveport, La.

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2012 Little League World Series Updates

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The 2012 Little League World Series is only five days old and already there have been some exciting games.

On Monday, Will Lucas of Fairfield, Conn. (New England) tossed a no-hitter striking out 13 beating New Castle, Ind. (Great Lakes). Matt Kubel homered for New England in the 4-0 victory moving the team to 2-1 in the standings.

Uganda finally made it to Williamsport as the team from Lugazi, Uganda was given visas a year after a team from Kampala was denied visas by the US State Department for irregular and insufficient birth documentation. The trip marks the first for a team from Africa.

Perhaps the most thrilling game so far was a 9 inning affair between Japan and Chinese Taipei. It was only the third time the two met at the Little League World Series since they both used to compete in the same regional tournament. It definitely lived up to expectations.

The two teams combined for 30 strikeouts and only 9 hits. Time after time one team would come up with a big strikeout or a key defensive play to keep the game going. Then in the bottom of the 9th with one out, Hajime Motegi hit a high fastball over the center field fence for a 2-run home run to win the game in walk-off fashion.

The win kept Japan undefeated and dropped Chinese Taipei to 1-1.

2012 Little League World Series Schedule:

Tuesday August 21st
Consolation Game – MEA vs Northwest
Game 21 (INT) – Caribbean vs Mexico
Game 22 (US) – West vs New England

Wednesday August 22nd
Game 23 (INT) – Latin America vs Japan
Game 24 (US) – Southeast vs Southwest

Thursday August 23rd
Game 25 (INT) – Winner Game 21 vs Loser Game 23
Game 26 (US) – Winner Game 22 vs Loser Game 24

Saturday August 25th
International Championship
US Championship

Sunday August 26th
Consolation Game
World Series Championship

Current Standings:

United States Pool:
1. Southeast 2-0
2. Southwest 2-0
3. West 2-1
4. Great Lakes 1-2
5. Mid-Atlantic 1-2
6. New England 1-2
7. Midwest 0-2
8. Northwest 0-2

International Pool:
1. Japan 2-0
2. Latin America 2-0
3. Caribbean 2-1
4. Mexico 2-1
5. Asia-Pacific 1-2
6. Canada 1-2
7. Europe 0-2
8. MEA 0-2

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2012 Asia Series Schedule Announced

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced the schedule for the upcoming Asia Series to take place in Busan, South Korea in November.

The Asia Series will take place November 8-12 at Sajik Stadium in Busan. There will be six teams in the tournament. The respective winner of the leagues in Korea, Australia (Perth Heat), Japan, China, and Taiwan along with the host Lotte Giants of Busan will all compete for the title. If the Giants win the Korean title, the runner-up will play in the series.

The six teams will be divided into two groups. The two groups will play a round-robin with the top two teams meeting for the championship.

The winning team will receive 500 million won (US $440,500) in prize money with the runner-up receiving 300 million won.

Last year the KBO’s Samsung Lions defeated Japan’s SoftBank Hawks to become the first non-Japanese team to win the Series in its short history.

Pool A
KBO Champion
China Baseball League
Chinese Professional Baseball League (Taiwain)

Pool B
Perth Heat (Australia)
Nippon Professional Baseball Champion (Japan)
2nd KBO Team

2012 Asia Series Schedule:

Thursday November 8th
12:00 CPBL vs CBA
19:00 KBO2 vs ABL

Friday November 9th
12:00 ABL vs NPB
19:00 KBO1 vs CPBL

Saturday November 10th
12:00 NPB vs KBO2
19:00 CBA vs KBO1

Sunday November 11th
14:00 Championship Game

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2012 15U Baseball World Championship Ready to Enter Round 2

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico – Offense has been ruling the day at the 15U Baseball World Championships in Mexico this week. So far only 4 games out of 28 games have not had a team score 10 or more runs. Seven times a team has score more than 20 runs with the most being 44.

The tournament consists of 15 teams from around the world competing in 3 different pools. The top two teams in each pool will move onto Round 2 which is another round robin where the top two teams will then play for the gold medal.

Current Standings Round 1:

Pool A
1. Chinese Taipei 4-0
2. Honduras 2-2
3. Mexico 2-1
4. Italy 1-2
5. Lithuania 0-4

Pool B
1. Cuba 4-0
2. Brazil 3-1
3. Argentina 2-2
4. Hong Kong 1-3
5. Indonesia 0-4

Pool C
1. Venezuela 4-0
2. Nicaragua 3-1
3. Germany 1-3
4. Aruba 1-2
5. Ukraine 0-3

Round 1 concludes Monday night with Round 2 starting Wednesday morning.

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Netherlands: Corendon Kinheim Takes 3-0 Lead in 2012 Holland Series

HAARLEM, Netherlands – Corendon Kinheim came home with a 2-0 lead in the 2012 Holland Series and proceeded to win Game 3 7-3 to take a commanding 3-0 lead over DOOR Neptunus.

DOOR Neptunus 3, Corendon Kinheim 7

Kinheim got a good start out of Luke Sommer who tossed 7 innings allowing 3 runs (2 ER) on 8 hits to pick up the win. DOOR Neptunus starter Tim Roodenburg got touched up early lasting only 2 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits taking the loss.

Dirk Van’t Klooster had a big day at the plate for Kinheim going 4-for-5 and driving in 2 runs. Remco Draijer had a bases clearing 3-RBI triple in the 2nd inning as he went 2-for-4 driving in 4 runs.

Corendon Kinheim looks to close out the series at home on Tuesday night.

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Rouen Huskies Wins 2012 French Baseball Division I Championship

The Rouen Huskies have won the 2012 French Division I Championship finishing off the Senart Templiers 12-8 in Game 4 of the best-of-5 series. The win gives the Huskies the title winning the series 3-games-to-1.

Nether starter fared well as they were both touched up a bit by the opposing teams offense. However, Rouen starter Owen Ozanich (1-1) did a bit better picking up the win. Ozanich went 8 innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits. Senart starter Patrick Farell (0-2) lasted just 6 innings giving up 9 runs on 11 hits.

Ethan Paquette (MVP) had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. He was a home run shy of the cycle. Joris Bert scored 3 runs going 3-for-5. Mathew Smith hit Rouen’s only home run going 1-for-3. In the 7th inning, Smith drove in 2 runs with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly as Rouen put the game away scoring 7 runs.

John Putt hit a 2-run home run for Senart in the loss going 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. Frederic Hanvi (2-for-3), and Arthur Paturel (1-for-4) both went deep as well for Senart in the loss.

Senart 6, Rouen 4

Rouen 5, Senart 1

Rouen 10, Senart 0

Rouen 12, Senart 8

Rouen wins series 3-1

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2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup: Japan Wins Third Title in a Row

EDMONTON, Canada – Japan won its third straight Women’s Baseball World Cup with a 3-0 win over the USA. Japan (3) and the USA (2) are the only winners of the tournament in its history.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Japanese pitcher Yukari Isozaki pitched a complete game for the second day in a row. She gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 4 over 7 shutout innings to earn her third win of the tournament.

Japan scored all three of their runs in the 3rd inning. Japan loaded the bases against American starter Jennifer Hunter, who had given up only 1 hit prior to the championship game. She hit Yuki Kawabata allowing the first run to score before Yukiko Kon came through with a 2-RBI single to push the lead to 3-0.

Bessie Noll was the only American hitter with more than one hit going 2-for-3.

The win gives Japan its 3rd gold medal to go along with 2 silvers. The USA won its first silver to go along with 2 gold and 2 bronze medals.

Bronze Medal Game
Canada 17, Australia 13
Canada won its third bronze medal in a shootout with Australia as they pounded out 14 hits en route to the victory.

5th Place Game
Venezuela 6, Chinese Taipei 1

7th Place Game
Netherlands 10, Cuba 8

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Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Statue in Brooklyn

Jackie Robinson is synonomous with the Brooklyn Dodgers having broken the color barrier in 1947 and playing in Brooklyn until 1956. Just 2 years after Robinson retired from baseball, the Dodgers moved west to Los Angeles and baseball was gone from Brooklyn.

In 2001 baseball was back in Brooklyn as the Queens Kings moved to Brooklyn to become the Cyclones. The team plays on Coney Island where on November 1, 2005 a statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson was unveiled.

The statue is a eight foot tall bronze statue of Reese with his arm around Robinson. The statue is of a moment in Cincinnati during Robinson’s first game. As he was being heckled and cursed and called every name in the book, Reese walked across the field with his arm around Robinson.

On the pedestal of the sculpture are six panels and includes an engraved description:

“This monument honors Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese: teammates, friends, and men of courage and conviction.  Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Reese supported him, and together they made history.  In May 1947, on Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, Robinson endured racist taunts, jeers, and death threats that would have broken the spirit of a lesser man.  Reese, captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers, walked over to his teammate Robinson and stood by his side, silencing the taunts of the crowd.  This simple gesture challenged prejudice and created a powerful and enduring friendship.”

The statue sits in front of the Cyclones Stadium MCU Park.

Photos Courtesy of Ismael Nunez

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In the spirit of Clemente Team Puerto Rico wins 2012 Senior League Softball Championship

By Ismael Nunez

On August 18th Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was born.

This month his spirit was with Team Puerto Rico as they won the Senior League Softball Championship defeating Team Delaware in their own backyard by the score of 6-4.

The flag of Puerto Rico was put together by women, top entertainers, poets/writers are of Puerto Rican descent, to add women have played a major role in the struggle of Puerto Rican Independence!

To add: There are currently three Puerto Rican in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Alomar! With this victory Baseball is still alive and well on the island/nation.  PALANTE/ARRIBA!! Congrats!

Photo Courtesy Little League

Ismael Nunez is a Latin Corespondent for Baseball de World.

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