SEOUL, South Korea – Day 2 of the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships is in the books. There were a few exciting games yesterday as Korea. Australia and Canada both made 9th inning comebacks, but only one team could finish with a win. In the battle of powerhouses, Korea knocked off USA and Japan downed Chinese Taipei.
Netherlands 6, Colombia 9
Colombia held off a late comeback from the Dutch in their match up on Saturday. Colombia jumped out to an 8-0 lead after a 7-run 2nd inning. The Dutch team didn’t help themselves making 4 errors giving up 3 unearned runs.
Roger Velez pitched well going 5 innings allowing 5 runs (2 ER) on only 4 hits to pick up the win. Tim Halderman took the loss lasting only 1.2 innings giving up 7 runs (4 ER) on 6 hits.
Rachid Engelhardt led the Dutch offensively going 2-for-5 with a double and a RBI.
Cristian Cano led the offense for Colombia going 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and a run scored. Yair Morelos (2-for-4/2 RBI), Gustavo Perinan (2-for-4), and Edwin Fuentes (2-for-4/1 RBI) also had good days at the plate in Colombia’s 11 hit attack.
USA 2, South Korea 8
South Korea used good pitching, speed, and a wild USA pitching staff to pick up a big win. Su Min Lee kept the American bats at bay for 5 innings allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits. He seemed to get ground ball after ground ball when he needed it. He got help from his bullpen as they shut down the Americans for the remainder of the game.
Designated hitter Dae Young Yoon had the big blow in the 4-run 7th with a bases clearing 3-run double to left field. That hit blew the game open and sealed the USA’s fate.
The American bats never seemed to get going, and they struggled in the field. They looked sloppy at times throwing balls into center field on two straight occasions once on a stolen base attempt and then immediately after on a pick off attempt.
The Americans also lost two players to injury during the game. Catcher Chris Okey collided with the 3rd baseman on a pop up near the dugout causing his head to snap back and leaving him a little dazed. He was able to walk off the field but he was replaced and is sitting today’s game out as well.
The USA also lost pitcher Ian Clarkin was hit on his pitching hand and unable to continue.
Japan 2, Chinese Taipei 0
In the other battle of international baseball powers, Japan got an outstanding pitching performance from Shintaro Fujinami who went all 9 innings giving up only 2 hits and striking out 13. Hsin Chi Hung didn’t pitch bad for Chinese Taipei but he couldn’t match Fujinami going only 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 9 hits to take the loss.
Japan picked up 12 hits, 11 for singles, in the game but only managed a run in the 2nd and 7th innings to even their record at 1-1.
Panama 6, Czech Republic 2
In the other night game, Panama picked up another win in Pool B against the Czech Republic. Peter Pineda pitched well for Panama picking up the win going 7 innings allowing only 1 run on 4 hits. Jan Novak took the loss going 5.1 innings allowing 5 runs (3 ER) on 7 hits.
Mario Sanjur picked up a pair of triples, while Anthony Diaz went 3-for-3 with a triple, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored to help Panama to the win.
1. South Korea 2-0
2. USA 1-1
3. Colombia 1-1
4. Australia 1-1
5. Venezuela 1-1
6. Netherlands 0-2
1. Canada 2-0
2. Panama 2-0
3. Chinese Taipei 1-1
4. Japan 1-1
5. Czech Republic 0-2
6. Italy 0-2
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.