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Riseisha Rectovenus Won 9th Women’s Baseball Championship in Matsuyama City

By Baseball Federation of Japan

Riseisha Rectovenus of Osaka managed by Ms. Megumi Kitta (Photo), a member of Athletes Commission of IBAF, and in its second year since the start of the club, won close contest against Fukuchiyama Seibi High School team (Kyoto) by 2-1.

The record 36 teams throughout Japan, including 7 newcomers, played round robin in 12 groups of 3 teams each since August 3, and the 12 winners from each group competed in knockout competition.

Elsewhere, Yonan Gakudou Club (Tochigi) defeted Hasami Konosu Boys Baseball Club (Nagasaki) by 4-2 in the 12U Japanese Rubber Baseball National Championship at Jingu Stadium on August 7.  Pitcher Honma and Catcher Ikui of the winner are girls and it was the first time for the Championship to see girls’ battery play, let alone win a game.  They lost the second game on August 7.

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Australian Signs with Japanese Pro Women’s Baseball League

Press Release by Australian Baseball Federation

Shae Lillywhite has signed with the Japanese Women’s Baseball League, becoming the first International player to do so.

Lillywhite, from Victoria, is a five time Team Australia representative and one of a group of Australian players who are taking Women’s Baseball to the next level.

Speaking to the Herald Sun, Shae said; “I am very lucky. I am going to be the first international player to get a contract.  A lot of people don’t realise women play. They think it is softball but there are huge opportunities for women now. I just love the game. You always keep learning every time you play and the best part is being in a team.”

Shae will now move to Tokyo for her six month contract and play infront of sell-out crowds in Japan.

Baseball Australia congratulates Shae on paving the way, not only for Australia’s female players, but for the International women’s baseball community.

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2015 Pan Am Games to Include Women’s Baseball

Press Release by Baseball Canada

OTTAWA-Canada will be the defending gold medalists in men’s baseball when the 2015 Pan Am Games get underway two summers from now in Toronto, and for the first time in games history, our Women’s National Team will have a chance to compete for a medal as women’s baseball has been added to the sports program.

The decision to include women’s baseball was approved last week in Jamaica as Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) held their Extraordinary General Assembly.

“Competing in the Pan Am Games will be a career highlight for players and coaches,” said Women’s National Team Head Coach André Lachance. “This news is very exciting for women’s baseball and we look forward to showing our skill and the high level in which we play the game at a big event like the Pan Am Games.”

Women’s baseball will be a 5 team event, while the men’s tournament will see 7 teams compete for a gold medal.

At the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico, Canada achieved its best result at a major international baseball competition as the team, led by Manager Ernie Whitt defeated the United States 2-1 to win the gold medal.

The 2015 Pan Am Games are scheduled for July 10th-26th, 2015 in Toronto. Nearby Ajax will play host to both the men’s and women’s baseball events at a newly constructed complex.

For more information about the 2015 Pan Am Games, please visit their website:www.toronto2015.org

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Women: Phoenix Cup Announces Individual Awards for 2013 Tournament

The 2013 Women’s Phoenix Cup recently ended in Hong Kong. Once again Shilin High School of Commerce from Taiwan came out victorious. In the two years they have participated, they have gone 11-0 dominating the competition.

The runner-up for the 2013 tournament was Team Australia with the second runner-up the powerhouse Far East Bombers from Japan.

The personal awards were also announced and as expected Shilin High dominated the them. The team from Taiwan had the best coach, best pitcher, and the hitters with the most hits and RBI.

+ Best Coach YANG, Chang-Shin (Shilin High School of Commerce, Taiwan)
+ Best Pitcher HUANG, Yu-Ting (Shilin High School of Commerce, Taiwan)
+ Most Home Runs CHEN, Chia-Yi (Shilin High School of Commerce, Taiwan)
TAMURA, Chika (Far East Bloomers, Japan)
+ Most Hits CHEN, Chia-Yi (Shilin High School of Commerce, Taiwan)
+ Most RBI CHEN, Chia-Yi (Shilin High School of Commerce, Taiwan)
+ Most Valuable Player LIN, Yu-Chien (Taipei Vanguard Women’s Baseball Team, Taiwan)
Claire O’ Sullivan (Team Australia, Australia)
MATSUMOTO, Kei (Far East Bloomers, Japan)
YANG, Mi Hyun (Guri-city NineVics Women’s Baseball Team, Korea)
HUANG, Yu-Ting (Shilin High School of Commerce, Taiwan)
HUNG, Yik Shan (Allies, Hong Kong)
FUNG, Kit Yi (Development Team, Hong Kong)

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Women: 2013 Phoenix Cup Day 3 Recap

Day 3 of the 2013 Women’s Phoenix Cup from Hong Kong is in the books.

The day started off with a match between defending champion Shilin High School against Korea, and once again Shilin High dominated the game. It jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning, but they quickly put the game far out of reach of Korea with an 8-run 2nd inning. They would go on to win 13-3.

Shilin High would come back for the nightcap as well. This time they faced off with Taipei Vanguard and it was over before the top of the first was finished. When it was finished, Shilin High led 9-0. they would add 17 more runs in the next two innings ending the game early winning going away 26-0.

In 5 games so far, they have outscored their opponents 68-12 which isn’t quite as good as they did the year before when they won 5 games outscoring their opponents 69-7. However, no matter which way you look at it they are the dominant team of the tournament. They will play a final game Monday against the host Hong Kong Allies.

The Allies have had mixed results so far in this year’s tournament. On Day 4 they lost 10-0 against the Far East Bombers of Japan before routing the Hong Kong Developmental team 20-3 later in the day.

Team Australia has also had a great tournament so far. They finished their tournament on Day 4 with a 13-3 victory over the Far East Bombers and an 11-1 victory over the Hong Kong Developmental team.

Team Australia finished the tournament 5-1 only losing to Shilin High in what was a great game. In their 6 games, they outscored their opponents 64-24.

Monday, Day 4, will finish out the tournament with a three game slate.

Up first will be the Hong Kong Developmental team looking for their first win against Taipei Vanguard. Both teams are 0-5 so far, but Vanguard has been more competative.

The second game of the day will feature defending champion Shilin High against the host Allies. The Allies are looking to be the first team in the tournament to knock off Shilin High.

The last game of the day, and the tournament, will feature the squad from Korea (2-3) against the Far East Bombers of Japan (3-2).

2013 Phoenix Cup Standings:

1. Shilin High School 5-0

2. Team Australia 5-1

3. Far East Bombers 3-2

4. Hong Kong Allies 3-2

5. Korea 2-3

6. Taipei Vanguard 0-5

7. Hong Kong Developmental 0-5

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Women: 2013 Phoenix Cup Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of the Women’s Phoenix Cup Tournament from Hong Kong is in the books. It was a short day with only 4 games due to the opening ceremony taking place early in the morning.

There was one exciting game early in the day as two undefeated teams took on each other.

Defending champion Shilin High School was taking on newcomer Team Australia. Both teams had a great first day with 2 big wins. It is Team Australia’s first year in the tournament and Shilin’s second, but neither team had lost a game.

Team Australia jumped out quick scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control of the game. Shilin just wouldn’t go away though as they scored three of their own in the top of the third inning to make it a 4-3 game. Australia would add a single run in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-run lead.

However, Shilin just wouldn’t go away as they scored 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 6 runs apiece heading into the final inning. And that is where Shilin ran away with the game scoring six more times to win going away 12-6.

It was a tough loss for Australia after leading by three late in the game, but Shilin showed why they are the team to beat.

In other action that day, Team Australia turned around after the tough loss to face the Hong Kong Allies. Once again in a tough match, this time Australia pulled out the victory in the end.

In what turned out to be a see-saw battle, the Allies jumped out early with a pair of runs in bottom of the first. It didn’t take long for Australia to bounce back though taking a 5-2 lead after an inning and a half. Again the Allies struck quickly tying the game at 5 after 2 innings. Again going back and forth each team would take the lead again before Australia tied it at 7 in the fifth inning.

Then Australia took over scoring 7 runs in the sixth inning to put the game away.  very similar game to the one they played earlier in the day except this time Australia played the spoiler pulling out the victory in the end.

Game 3 of the day saw the Hong Kong Developmental team taking on Korea. Even though the Developmental team finally got on the board in the first inning with their first run of the tournament, it only made the score 11-1 as Korea jumped out huge in the first inning. Korea would go on to add 11 more to win easily 22-1.

The last game of the day saw the Far East Bombers facing off with Taipei Vanguard. The Bombers, one of the tournament favorites, got down early and had to battle back for a hard fought victory. They found themselves down 8-2 early on and trailed 9-5 heading into the fifth inning. Then they exploded for 9 runs snatching victory from the jaws of defeat with a 14-9 win.

Day 2 Scoreboard

Shilin High 12, Australia 6

Australia 12, Hong Kong Allies 7

Korea 22, Hong Kong Developmental 1

Far East Bombers 14, Taipei Vanguard 9

Standings after Day 2

1. Shilin High School 3-0

2. Team Australia 3-1

3. Far East Bombers (JPN) 2-1

4. Hong Kong Allies 2-1

5. Korea 1-2

6. Hong Kong Developmental 0-3

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Women: 2013 Phoenix Cup Day 1 Results

Day 1 is in the books at the 2013 Women’s Phoenix Cup in Hong Kong. Three teams started off strong with 2-0 records and last year’s top two teams faced off as well in what turned out to be an interesting game.

One of the teams to get off to a hot start was Team Australia. The 18U team started well with a pair of big wins including one over a strong Korea team to open the tournament with a 9-1 win. They followed it up with an even more impressive win over Taipei Vanguard 13-0.

They will face their toughest test on Day 2 playing against the defending champion Shilin High School from Taiwan.

Shilin High School won the title last year and started off again in 2013 with two wins. In their first match of the tournament, they had stiff competition from the Far East Bombers of Japan, last year’s runner-up. Shilin jumped on Japan with a 7-run 3rd inning and had to hold off a late comeback. Trailing 7-2 in the 7th and final inning, Japan scored 4 runs but couldn’t overcome the 5-run deficit losing 7-6.

After that game, Shilin High rolled over the Hong Kong Development team 13-1 ending the game after 3 innings due to the mercy rule.

The other team to start off 2-0 was the host Allies from Hong Kong. The only team to play in every Phoenix Cup got the day rolling with a 18-4 trouncing of Korea spurred by an 11-run 2nd inning. They finished the day taking down Taipei Vanguard 10-1.

Day 1 Scores

Australia 9, Korea 1

Korea 4, Hong Kong Allies 18

Taipei Vanguard 0, Australia 13

Hong Kong Allies 10, Taipei Vanguard 1

Far East Bombers (JPN) 6, Shilin High (TPE) 7

Far East Bombers (JPN) 13, Hong Kong Developmental 0

Shilin High (TPE) 10, Hong Kong Developmental 0

Standings After Day 1

1. Shilin High (TPE) 2-0

2. Team Australia 2-0

3. Hong Kong Allies 2-0

4. Far East Bombers (JPN) 1-1

5. Taipei Vanguard 0-2

6. Korea 0-2

7. Hong Kong Developmental 0-2

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Women: A Look at the Teams in the 2013 Phoenix Cup

The 6th Annual Phoenix Cup Women’s Baseball Tournament kicks off Friday January 18. There will be seven teams competing this year, so we thought we’d take a look at who is sending a team.

Team Australia – Australia

This is the first time Australia has sent a team to the tournament. Their team is 18 Under and it is the countries first step in putting together a Senior women’s team to compete in the future. They are entering on behalf of the Australian Baseball Federation.

In recent World Cups, Australia has finished 4th (2012) and 2nd (2010).

Far East Bombers – Japan

The most dominate team in the 5-year history of the tournament, the Bombers have never finished lower than 2nd place and have won 3 titles to date. The team consists of players from different teams in Japan playing either hard ball or rubber ball.

Japan’s National Women’s Team has won the last three World Cups and finished runner-up in the other two that have been played.

Guri-city NineVics Women’s Baseball Team – Korea

The NineVics were formed in 2005 and have become the largest and most famous team in Korea. The team name means that all ‘Nine’ players are trying to achieve ‘Victories’ together. In 2012, the team joined Guri-city which is a city just east of Seoul. This is their fourth time competing in the tournament. Last year the NineVics came in 5th place. Their best finish was 4th in 2011.

South Korea last played in the World Cup in 2010 finishing 9th.

Taipei Vanguard Women’s Baseball Team – Taiwan

The team started in 2001 when some women met on a website. As of 2012, the club consists of 31 players and 2 coaches, and they have competed in different tournaments around the world. This will be their 5th Phoenix Cup. They have finished 4th place in the last 3 Cups.

Taiwan, or Chinese Taipei, finished 6th in last year’s Women’s World Cup. Its best finish has been 5th a few times.

Shilin High School of Commerce – Taiwan

There isn’t much available for this team in English. However, it seems their first Phoenix Cup was in 2012 when they went 5-0 dominating the tournament and winning the title. They outscored their opponents 69-7 including 3 shutouts.

Allies – Hong Kong

The Allies were founded in 2007 in order to host the inaugural Phoenix Cup in 2008. They have played in every Cup so far with their best finish coming in 2011 as 1st runner-up. They have also finished 2nd runner-up twice.

Development Team – Hong Kong

Most of the players on the Development Team will play their first international competition in this year’s Cup. The team is made up of local novice women baseball players looking to gain experience by competing with some of the best international teams. The hope is to help expand and further the growth of women’s baseball in Hong Kong.

Each team will play the other teams in the tournament 1 time. The team with the best record will be crowned the champion. The games start Friday January 18th and will end Monday January 21st.

You can find more information at the Phoenix Cup’s website.

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Women: 6th Annual Phoenix Cup Opens This Weekend in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Baseball Association has announced that the “Asia Insurance Phoenix Cup 2013 – IBAF Hong Kong International Women’s Baseball Tournament” will start this weekend. The tournament will run from January 18-21.

Played at Hong Kong’s Sai Tso Wan Baseball Field and Lion Rock Baseball Field, the women’s tournament is running for the sixth straight year since 2008.

Seven teams will compete including Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, and Taiwan.

Last year the Shilin High School of Commerce from Taipei defeated the Far-East Bombers from Japan for the title.

The Far-East Bombers have been dominate in the tournament in recent years. Every year they finish 1st or 2nd with three titles in the first five years.

For more information on the tournament, visit HKPhoenixCup.com.

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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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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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2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup: USA and Japan to Meet in Finals

EDMONTON, Canada – The United States and Japan advanced to the championship of the 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup. The USA avenged an earlier defeat to Canada earlier in the tournament by blowing them out 17-4 in the semis. Japan took down Australia 5-1 in their semi-final match to advance.

USA 17, Canada 4 (6)

Malaika Underwood went 5-for-5 with 3 doubles, a triple, 3 RBI, and 4 runs scored to lead the US offensively. The USA pounded out 16 hits in the offensive attack. Michelle Snyder (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Tamara Holmes (3-for-4, RBI), Alexa Maldonado (2-for-4, 3 RBI) were the big bats in the attack leading the USA to avenge a horrible loss earlier in the tournament to Canada.

Stacy Piagno (2-0) picked up her second win of the tournament pitching 5.2 innings allowing 4 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits. Autumn Mills (1-1) took the loss only lasting 2.1 innings giving up 7 runs on 6 hits.

Canada will face Australia for the bronze medal on Sunday August 19th.

Japan 4, Australia 1

The other semi-final match was a little less dramatic. Japan took a 3-1 lead after 3 innings and never looked back. They got a solid outing from Yukari Isozaki (2-0) who pitched all 7 innings allowing 1 run on 8 hits to earn the win. Iori Miura went 2-for-4 offensively driving in a run. Natsumi Nakano and Yuki Kawabata both chipped in with a RBI and 2 hits.

The win moves Japan’s record to 7-1 and into the championship.

In the round robin phase of the tournament, the USA defeated Japan 5-2 giving Japan their only loss of the tournament. They will face of again on Sunday night. Both teams are looking for their 3rd title. Japan has won the past 2 Women’s Baseball World Cups, and the USA won the first two played in 2004 and 2006. Japan has made the final in all 4 editions of the tournament.

The schedule for Sunday is as follows:

7th Place Game 10am
Cuba vs The Netherlands

5th Place Game 1pm
Chinese Taipei vs Venezuela

3rd Place Game 1pm
Canada vs Australia

Championship 5pm
USA vs Japan

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2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup: Canada Blows Lead but Makes Comeback Against USA

The 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup continues this week in Canada. Host Canada has continued to stay unbeaten taking down the #2 world ranked USA 15-9 on Day 4.

In one of the most interesting games so far Canada blew a 8-1 lead in the final inning as the USA scored 7 runs to force extra innings. However, the American pitching staff imploded in extra innings throwing wild pitch after wild pitch to allow Canada to score 7 runs on only 1 hit in the top of the 8th inning.

Day 3 Scores:
Netherlands 3, Chinese Taipei 17 (5)
Venezuela 11, Cuba 5
Australia 4, Canada 5
Japan 2, USA 5

Day4 Scores:
Cuba 0, Japan 10
Venezuela 2, Chinese Taipei 4
Netherlands 11, Australia 13
Canada 15, USA 9 (8)

2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup Standings:
1. Canada 4-0
2. Chinese Taipei 3-2
3. USA 3-1
4. Japan 3-1
5. Australia 2-2
6. Venezuela 1-2
7. Netherlands 0-4
8. Cuba 0-4

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Women’s Baseball World Cup: USA Rallies for a Win; Japan Routes Netherlands

EDMONTON, Canada – The 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup continued in Edmonton with some exciting action.

USA 11, Australia 8

The USA came back from a 7-2 deficit to take the victory. They scored 2 runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to tie the game at 8 heading into the last inning. In the top of the 7th, the American squad completed the comeback by scoring 3 runs to take their 2nd victory of the tournament. The loss drops Australia to 1-1.

Tamara Holmes drove in 2 runs going 2-for-3 for the USA. Caitlin Everett added another 2 RBI going 2-for-4 to help in the US comeback. USA starter Marti Sementelli had a bad outing going 2.1 innings allowing 7 runs. Stacy Piagno pitched 4.2 innings of relief to pick up the win.

Tahnee Lovering had a good game for Australia at the plate going 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Maddison Lenard took the loss in relief.

Japan 21, Netherlands 0 (5)

The defending champion Japan blew out The Netherlands in their first game of the tournament. Tomomi Nishi drove in 4 runs going 2-for-2 as the Japanese hitters pounded out 18 hits.

All but one hitter for Japan hot at least 1 hit. Every batter scored one run with many batters having multiple hits or runs scored.

Chinese Taipei 6, Cuba 3

Cuba dropped their 2nd straight game as Chinese Taipei evened their record at 1-1 with a 6-3 win.

Wen Ching Hsieh pitched well to get the win going 5 innings allowing only 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits. Nai Chia Chen got the save tossing 2 innings of relief. Yu Han Liu drove in a run going 2-for-3 to lead the Chinese Taipei team at the plate.

Canada 14, Venezuela 2 (5)

Canada improved to 2-0 with a blow out win over Venezuela. Stephanie Savoie (3-for-3/3 RBI), Rebecca Hartley (2-for-3/3 RBI), and Brandi Wall (1-for-4/3 RBI) all had big days for Canada at the plate. Autumn Mills pitched 4 innings giving up 2 runs (1 ER) to earn the win for Canada.

Women’s Baseball World Cup Standings:

1. Canada 2-0
2. USA 2-0
3. Australia 1-1
4. Chinese Taipei 1-1
5. Japan 1-0
6. Netherlands 0-2
7. Cuba 0-2
8. Venezuela 0-1

The round 1 round-robin continues through Friday August 17th with the semi-finals and finals on August 18th and 19th.

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Women’s Baseball World Cup: Canada has successful Opening in Edmonton

Host beat Chinese Taipei in Slugfest under the Lights at Telus Field

Box score

Host Canada had a perfect start into the V Women’s Baseball World Cup, dispatching Chinese Taipei 12-2 on Friday evening. The Maple Leafs countered an early lead of the Asians with five runs in the first two frames and put the game in the books with seven combined runs in the fourth and fifth. Meagan Cornelssen drove in three, Nicole Luchanski scored three times.

While the final score indicates a lopsided affair, it didn’t look that way in the first. Chinese Taipei opened the contest by scoring twice in the top half of the first thanks to a triple by Hsiao Mei Chen and a single by Yu Han Liu. Canada however answered right away, turning the score around thanks to a bases clearing double by Meagan Cornelssen in the bottom half. Consecutive singles by Stephanie Savoie and Katherine Psota extended the gap in the second to 5-2. Canada put seven more runs on the board in the fourth and the fifth to end the game on ten-run rule. Eight different players collected hits, three of them three apiece.

On the mound Psota allowed two runs on seven hits in four innings to pick up the win. Vanessa Riopel closed it out. Hsiao Chien Wang gave up nine hits, seven runs and a base on balls in 3 1/3 frames, taking the loss for Chinese Taipei.

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Women’s Baseball World Cup: Aussies Win Over Cuba

Six-Run Fifth helps Australia to Victory in Afternoon Affair

Box score

A six-run rally in the fifth inning helped Australia to a 12-4 win over Cuba in the afternoon game at the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup at Telus Field in Edmonton, Canada. The team from Down Under overcame 0-3 and 3-4 deficits to beat the Caribbean squad. Christina Kreppold (4-5, 4 RBI) led Australia on offense. Kim McMillan dominated in a four-inning relief appearance.

Cuba had actually the better start into the game, scoring three runs in the first on singles by Yordanka Rodriguez and Yurismaris Baez. After Kreppold helped Australia tying the game with a big double in the third, Cuba once again got up in front when Baez scored on an error in the bottom half of the same frame.

But they couldn’t hold on the advantage. Kreppold opened a six-run rally in the fifth inning with a RBI triple over the head of the right fielder. Thanks to two more hits, an error and a balk call Australia put on five more runs in the period and took a commanding lead. Samantha Hamilton had the big hit with a two-run single. They added a couple of insurance runs in the top of the seventh and celebrated a successful start into the tournament.

On the mound McMillan earned the win after allowing just an unearned run on one hit in four strong innings of relief, having replaced starter Brittany Hepburn after a rocky first. Yaima Ramos issued nine hits, eight runs (6 ER) and four walks in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.

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Women’s Baseball World Cup: USA Shuts Out Netherlands

United States cruise to an easy Win to open V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton

Box score

The United States opened the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup at Telus Field in Edmonton, Canada on Friday morning with a 10-0 shutout over the Netherlands. The American squad won in five innings, led by pitchers Kristin Caldwell and Kayla Bufardeci, who hold their counterparts to just one hit in the game. The US offense scored in each of the five innings to provide plenty run support.

Caldwell was the story of the game. The right-hander issued no hits, no runs or any walk in four scoreless innings facing just one batter over the minimum. Bufardeci gave up the lone Dutch hit to Letticia Lokken-Horstman in the fifth, but closed out the shutout.

At the plate Tamara Holmes opened the scoring in the first, driving in two with a single to center, giving Team USA an early 2-0 lead. They added runs in each of the five innings played, winning due to ten-run mercy rule. Caitlin Everett and Malaika Underwood also drove in two runs apiece. Natalie Land and Jill Barrett scored twice. Donna Hartman took the loss for the Dutch.

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Help a Baseball School in the Philippines – Donate Today

I don’t normally do this, but I feel this is a good cause. So, I am asking the readers of BaseballdeWorld to help out our friends at the Future Stars Baseball School in the Philippines.

Marvin Moore has continued to be a great asset to this site writing articles on European leagues. He is now running a baseball school to benefit the children of Bohol Island in the Philippines. With the help of his wife and others on the island, Marvin has created a school where kids can learn English, get a meal, and learn the great game that we all love. But running a baseball school like this is not easy or cheap.

So that is why I am writing you. I am asking that you do what you can. Every dollar, euro, pound, or won helps and it goes straight to the kids. With the little league season fast approaching (yes Marvin has started a summer league program as well) the kids could use your help.

So go on over to Future Stars Baseball School and click donate. Even if it’s $1 or $5, the kids will benefit.

We here at BaseballdeWorld are donating all of our ad revenues to the school as well.  It’s our little way of saying thanks to Marvin and his crew for doing a great job in bettering the life’s of young children.

So help us out. If you are unable to give at this time, please spread the word. Tweet, re-tweet, email, share this on Face Book, or your own blog and let’s see if we can raise some money for the school.

Our goal is to raise $1,000. If you donate, comment, send us an email, a tweet, or Face Book message and we will include you in our Thank You message when we reach $1,000. When donating if you could please include a small note that you are donating through BaseballdeWorld so we can keep track and hopefully reach our goal.

If you would like to do more, please contact Marvin Moore through the Future Stars Baseball School. I know he will be more than happy to work with anyone who would like to donate equipment or anything that can be used at the school.

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Thanks to all our readers for their help and generosity.

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Japan: Hyogo Swing Smileys Wins Cinderella Series

JAPAN – The Hyogo Swing Smileys won the 2011 Cinderella Series against the Kyoto Dreams. The two Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) clubs actually split the 10-game series but the Swing Smileys outscored the Dreams, 35-31.

The series attracted more than 20,000 fans with 3,929 spectators showing up at the Nagoya Dome on May 3 to witness Kyoto earn a 4-3 win. The squads played four one-run affairs, and eight of the 10 contests were decided by three runs or less.

GPBL STAGES CHARITY GAME
The Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) played a charity match at Sendai Municipal Stadium on Sept. 15. The GPBL held clinics in Sendai and Natori back in July, but this was their first game in the Tohoku region. Admission was free and proceeds from merchandise sales was donated to relief and reconstruction efforts in northern Japan. The Kyoto players also held a baseball clinic for about 50 people before the game.

NEW GPBL TEAM FOR 2012
The Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) announced that a third team, based out of Kansai, will be joining the league next year. A press conference announcing the name of the new team, in addition to the manager and players, will be held in early December.

The players for the new team will be selected during tryouts that will be held in Kansai and Kanto later this month. Around 20 players will be selected. A number of players from the two teams currently in the league will also probably be shuffled around.

The GPBL also has a Ustream account: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/girls-probaseball

SERIES-AT-A-GLANCE:
4/29 – Kyoto 2, Hyogo 0 (Anan Stadium)
5/01 – Hyogo 5, Kyoto 3 (Yahoo Dome)
5/03 – Kyoto 4, Hyogo 3 (Nagoya Dome)
7/10 – Hyogo 2, Kyoto 1 (Kurashiki Muscat Stadium)
8/15 – Hyogo 4, Kyoto 2 (Kyocera Dome)
8/19 – Hyogo 6, Kyoto 1 (Thirty-Four Sagamihara Stadium)
8/20 – Kyoto 11, Hyogo 7 (Seibu Dome)
8/21 – Kyoto 3, Hyogo 2 (Jingu Stadium)
9/15 – Hyogo 4, Kyoto 1 (Sendai Stadium)
9/17 – Kyoto 3, Hyogo 2 (Sapporo Dome)

Source: Yakyubaka.com

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IBAF will continue to develop Women’s Baseball

President Riccardo Fraccari issues Statement to emphasize Importance of Women’s Baseball

The President of the International Baseball Federation, Riccardo Fraccari, issued the following statement leading up to the July 30th IBAF Executive Meeting that will take place in Panama City:

“As has been well publicized in the media after the decision of the Olympic Council of Asia to accept softball onto the Asian Games’ program as a discipline of baseball, there have been some recent developments and discussions with regards to our colleagues from the International Softball Federation (ISF). Of course, this important theme will need to be expanded upon in Panama and at the eventual Congress later this year, although currently, it is safe to say that there is a general consensus among IBAF’s constituents to work with the ISF to solidify the 2020 Olympic Reinstatement Campaign, especially after the OCA announcement. At this point, I would like, however, to bring attention to and underline the IBAF’s commitment to women’s baseball, which seems to have been overshadowed in all of this.

“First off, I would like to clarify that any eventual single candidature between baseball and softball for the 2020 Olympics will not undermine IBAF’s plans to sustain and develop women’s baseball. There is no doubt that women’s baseball will have to play an important role if our sport is to become truly universal. Thankfully, Women’s Baseball within the framework of the IBAF is well-positioned for growth, and as a result, the IBAF remains devoted as ever in developing baseball among female athletes of all ages.

“The IBAF International Events Calendar will be one of the most important agenda items analyzed in Panama City. I can confirm that new projects are being examined, including the realization of a Women’s World Junior Baseball Championship. I do not want to go into too much detail during the conception phases, but it’s worth noting that there have been dialogues about organizing continental championships in order to further stimulate growth and meet the needs of all our athletes. The Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games Local Organizing Committee is developing a sound proposal for Women’s Baseball to be put onto that program in Toronto, and we will be paying close attention to the decision on this important matter.

“Looking into the 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup, Baseball Canada has been awarded the rights to host this event, as this competition returns to Edmonton, the city where this event was born back in 2004. Obviously, without looking past this event, I would like to simply point out that there have already been overtures to host the 2014 Women’s Baseball World Cup, so the IBAF will need to take this into consideration as events are mapped out over the long-term.

“Regarding non-IBAF sanctioned Women’s Baseball events, the IBAF commissioned the creation of the Phoenix Cup “Defender” Trophy, which was donated to our colleagues at the Hong Kong Baseball Association in an effort to help build a tradition. This trophy was first put into play this year, and in 2012, the tradition of defending the trophy can begin.

“So this is no doubt an exciting time for women’s baseball and for women in sport in general, and the IBAF is intent on providing as many opportunities as possible to all the athletes in the international sports community and especially within our international baseball family.”

Courtesy IBAF.org

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Justine Siegal Takes Girls Baseball Online with LockerDome

Press Release Baseball for All, LockerDome

History Making Girls Baseball Advocate, Justine Siegal, Partners with LockerDome to Launch the First Online Sports Network for Girls Baseball

Saint Louis, MO, May 2, 2011 – Justine Siegal, the growing face of girls baseball, is at it again.  Only months after becoming the first female in history to throw batting practice to a MLB team, Siegal is now extending her advocacy of girls baseball to the Internet by partnering with LockerDome to launch the Baseball For All Network.

The Baseball For All Network, which can be accessed at baseballforall.lockerdome.com, is the first sports network for girls baseball in the United States.  Utilizing the LockerDome platform, Siegal intends to build girls baseball nationwide by connecting players, coaches, and parents.

“Over 100,000 girls in the United States play baseball.  We want to connect them all,” commented Siegal.  “We expect the Baseball For All Network to become a key tool in the evolution of girls baseball.”

In addition to selecting the national Baseball For All All-Star Team through the girls profiles submitted within the Network, Justine envisions the Baseball For All Network as the hub for players to be recruited for other local and regional girls baseball teams.

“My dream is to see girls baseball leagues all across the country,” continued Siegal.  “My mission is simple.  If you tell a girl she cannot play baseball, what else will she believe she cannot do?  But if you tell a girl she can play baseball, what else will she then believe she can do?”

The Baseball For All Network was launched in partnership with LockerDome, an online sports software platform that is becoming the standard identity system for youth sports content worldwide.

“Working with Justine Siegal provides LockerDome with a unique opportunity to enhance communication within the passionate, yet highly segmented, girls baseball community,” said Gabe Lozano, Co-Founder and CEO of LockerDome. “The Baseball For All Network provides an excellent example of how the LockerDome platform can be utilized to bring together youth sports participants at the local, regional and national levels.”

About Baseball For All
Baseball For All provides meaningful baseball instruction and opportunities for girls and boys worldwide. Baseball For All’s Executive Director, Justine Siegal, is the first woman to coach men’s professional baseball (Brockton Rox, 2009) and the first woman to throw batting practice to a MLB team.  Siegal has been featured on NBC Nightly News, USA Today, New York Times, Ms. Magazine, MLB.com, Fox & Friends, American Chronicle, AOL News, Yahoo, Boston Globe, and ESPN.  More information about Baseball For All can be found at baseballforall.lockerdome.com.

About LockerDome
LockerDome is an online software platform that developed the first universal identification system for tracking youth sports content.  With a LockerDome ID, an athlete’s sports memories are accessible in one place, forever.  LockerDome works with youth sports programs across the United States to launch private team and league networks, connecting their players and teams with other programs across the country.  More information about LockerDome can be found online at www.lockerdome.com.

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Hong Kong: Japan Wins 2011 Phoenix Cup

HONG KONG – The Far East Bloomers from Japan took home the title from the 2011 Phoenix Cup after defeating the Hong Kong Allies 12-1 in the final.  The Bloomers went undefeated in the tournament after finishing 2nd at the Women’s World Cup last year.

The Bloomers dominated the tournament allowing only 2 runs in the 4 games they played while scoring 57 runs of their own.

The International Earth Stars finished in 3rd after losing to the Allies in the semi-finals 12-4.

Taipei Vanguard defeated NineVics from Korea for 4th place.

The Far East Bloomers dominated the individual awards as well. Manager Manabu Suzuki was named the top manager. The bloomers ace pitcher Kazuho Nimi was named the top pitcher, while Yea Lim Son from NineVics got the most hits in the tournament.

Most Valuable Players
Reyzelyn Villanueva, iTeam
Boyoung Nam, DDDBall
Yea Lim Son, NineVics
Ling-Hui Kuan, Taipei Vanguard
Tessa Heeres, Int’l Earth Stars
Yik Shan Hung, Allies
Namie Nakagome, Farf East Bloomers

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Far East Bloomers (Japan)
2. Allies (Hong Kong)
3. Int’l Earth Stars (Planet Earth)
4. Taipei Vanguard (Taiwan)
5. NineVics (South Korea)
6. DDDBall (South Korea)
7. iTeam (Hong Kong)

Photo courtesy Chao Kwok Kwong/Hong Kong Sports Photography Association (HKSPA)

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Girls Clinic in Nova Scotia a hit!

Baseball Event for Women in Canada

OTTAWA-Nova Scotia has once again hosted a successful girl’s instructional clinic. For the third year in a row a clinic has been provided to teach baseball skills and also increase the profile of the sport amongst females in the province. This year the event was held in Bedford, a small community that is just outside of Halifax where over 150 girls participated.

“We had 151 girls registered and then we had walk-ups,” explained event organizer and Baseball Nova Scotia Treasurer, Holly Lapierre. “I’m still plugging all of the names into our registration database.”

With the amount of participants that registered for the event, the day had to be split into two sessions based on age. The morning group was for girls aged 4 to 9 and the afternoon group had 10 to 16 year olds. A great feature to the event is that it is open to any female interesting in participating regardless of their baseball experience.

“Anyone is welcome to attend,” said Lapierre. “It doesn’t matter if you have never played before or aren’t even registered, c’mon out!”

When the morning session got underway the young girl’s rotated through stations that were coordinated by Bantam girl’s provincial team coach, Stephen Benjamin. Benjamin had the help of player’s from his provincial team to provide instruction to the young ball players and give them a glimpse of what kind of opportunities are available for female baseball players in the province.

The top quality instruction didn’t stop there as Paul Prince, head coach of the Senior Women’s provincial team also provided instruction along with two of his assistant coaches and four members of the Senior Women’s team. The highlight for everyone involved was a guest coach appearance by former Toronto Blue Jay and Canadian National Team player, Rob Ducey.

“I had a wonderful time here in Halifax this weekend,” said Ducey. “The day was a great way to introduce baseball to girls and re-enforce baseball skills for those girls who have already been playing.

Ducey was able to rotate around the field and act as a ‘floating instructor’ and filled in with the various stations that were set up. The girls were also treated to a signing period where Ducey signed autographs and was able to interact with participants.

“Overall, it is a great way for grass roots programs to get started and continue to develop girl’s baseball in Canada,” noted Ducey.

Ducey’s presence and the event itself caused some well deserved media attention and it also gave a telling sign of what the participants thought of having a former pro like Ducey attend the event.

“One of the girls that were interviewed on TV was asked what it meant to have (Rob) Ducey at the event,” explained Lapierre. “She said I had instruction from a former major league baseball player, how awesome is that!”

Lapierre was also happy to report that she received numerous notes from parents of participants thanking her for organizing the clinic and relaying how much of a positive experience it was for their daughters.

“Parents have told me that it was great to see the girls get this much attention, guidance and encouragement,” said Lapierre. “They also told me how much their daughters are looking forward to playing baseball now and in the future for those who are new to the sport.

She also anticipates that because of the feedback she has received the event is headed for bigger and better times in the future. Some families travelled as far as two hours away to attend the event proving that the span the event and the sport has is felt throughout the province.

“The first year the girl’s were from only two associations (Hammond Plains and Fall River),” said Lapierre. Last year we (out of 145 participants) had about 30 girls from other associations and this year the number went up again to about 70 girls (from other associations).”

Lapierre also fielded phone calls and e-mails from parents who were upset that their daughter missed this year’s event, but couldn’t wait until next year.

“I guess I’ll have to keep running the clinics,” said Lapierre with a laugh.

Based on the success of the event, Holly Lapierre better get used to running them for many years to come.

Source: International Baseball Federation

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Softball Rejects Joint Olympic Bid with Baseball

Softball again rejects joint Olympic approach with baseball
Despite a recent plea from International Baseball Federation President Riccardo Fraccari that a joint baseball-softball bid is the “only way back into the Olympic programme,” the International Softball Federation has decided to go its own way in seeking Olympic reinstatement for 2020.

In a letter to Riccardo Fraccari, ISF President Don Porter said, “The International Softball Federation has always acted as an independent sport, and presently plans to continue that internationally accepted practice.”

“Softball has been an independently governed sport for many years,” Don Porter continued. “Softball, on its own, meets all criteria for inclusion as an Olympic medal sport, a position it has enjoyed through the 2008 Games in Beijing.”

Unanimous Support

At a meeting in Venezuela last month following the Women’s World Championships, the ISF Board of Directors gave unanimous support to continue plans to re-present softball – both women’s and men’s fastpitch – for consideration for the 2020 Olympic Games.

A decision on the sports to be included in those Games will be made in 2013.

The ISF believes that softball only lost its Olympic place — on a tied vote in 2005 — because of issues that IOC members had with baseball, and a mistaken belief on the part of many members that baseball and softball were two formats of the same sport.

As a result, the ISF has tried to make it clear in its BackSoftball reinstatement campaign that softball is a separate and different sport, and the ISF has pressured many baseball/softball federations around the world to dissolve the relationship so each sport to function on its own.

Both baseball and softball applied to regain their position as Olympic medal sports for the 2016 Games but golf and rugby were the two sports recommended last August by the IOC Executive and confirmed by the IOC Congress last October.

Courtesy Britishbaseball.org

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