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2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Scores and Standings

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Scores and Standings

After two straight days of rain delays, the IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup finally kicked off on Sunday September 1 with a slate of six games. The tournament’s first round has been shortened to just four days putting a little bit more strain on everyone’s pitching staffs.

Through the first two days of action, we have seen some exciting games and upsets.

Day 1 Action:

Australia started off the tournament strong with a win over Colombia. Australia got the game started off strong with a four run first inning and didn’t look back. Colombia is coming off a 4th place finish in the 2012 edition of the tournament.

In the 2012 tournament, Japan defeated Chinese Taipei twice. This year was more of the same as Japan once again defeated the host team. Japan has started off hot and leads Group A so far in the first round.

Venezuela used a comeback to down Mexico 6-5 in both teams opening match. But perhaps the game of the day was the final game between Cuba, who didn’t play in the 2012 tournament, and South Korea who finished 5th in last year’s tournament.

Cuba only collected three hits but held South Korea to just one run to win 2-1. Both runs scored by Cuba were unearned. Korea starter Lim Ji-Seob pitched great striking out 16 in seven innings but took the loss.

Day 2 Action:

The second day of the tournament was full of game action with nine games played as a few teams had to play a double header.

Japan stayed undefeated with a pair of wins over Mexico and Venezuela.  Last year’s runner-up Canada, has really struggled so far. After a big win on Day 1, Canada dropped a pair of games on Day 2.

But the biggest upset of the day was Australia defeating the defending champion USA 1-0.  Lewis Thorpe pitched great shutting down the US for 5.2 innings. He was followed up with great performances from Lachlan Madden (2.1 IP) and Shaun Wright (1.0 IP/S, 1).

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Scores & Standings:

Sunday September 1
Australia 9, Colombia 4
Japan 4, Chinese Taipei 1
Canada 16, Czech Republic 3
Italy 0, USA 8
Mexico 5, Venezuela 6
Cuba 2, South Korea 1

Monday September 2
Japan 11, Mexico 0 (7)
Venezuela 7, Canada 5
Chinese Taipei 16, Czech Republic (5)
Colombia 0, South Korea 4
Italy 0, Cuba 15 (6)
USA 0, Australia 1
Venezuela 0, Japan 7
Czech Republic 2, Mexico 12 (7)
Chinese Taipei 4, Canada 2

Tuesday September 3
South Korea vs USA
Australia vs Italy
Colombia vs Cuba
Mexico vs Canada
Czech Republic vs Japan
Venezuela vs Chinese Taipei
Australia vs South Korea
Italy vs Colombia
Cuba vs USA

Wednesday September 4
Czech Republic vs Venezuela
Canada vs Japan
South Korea vs Italy
Cuba vs Australia
USA vs Colombia
Mexico vs Chinese Taipei

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Standings:

Group A
1. Japan 3-0
2. Chinese Taipei 2-1
3. Venezuela 2-1
4. Canada 1-2
5. Mexico 1-2
6. Czech Republic 0-3

Group B
1. Australia 2-0
2. Cuba 2-0
3. South Korea 1-1
4. USA 1-1
5. Colombia 0-2
6. Italy 0-2

About Eric Bynum
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.

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