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Where are they now: 2012 18U Team Canada


A few years ago, when I was living in Daegu, South Korea, I had the chance to go up to Seoul to see the 2012 18U World Baseball Championship. It was something special for me being my first international baseball tournament, and I have had an affinity to many of the players that I got to see play. As I was writing about international players in the MLB Top 100 Prospects List, I noticed a few players I got to see in that tournament. So I wanted to go back and see where they were now since many of them have been drafted this past summer after playing college ball.

I am going to do a series based on the teams that played and try to track down many of the players in it. So let’s begin. I will start with a team I saw play a few times and was very impressed with, Canada.

Team Canada 2012 18U World Baseball Championship:

Pitching Staff

Brock Dykxhoorn – Brock went to Central Arizona College before being drafted by the Houston Astros in the 6th Rond of the 2014 MLB Draft. He spent the 2016 season in the California League (High-A) pitching for the Lancaster JetHawks.

Dayton Dawe – Drafted in the 15th Round in 2012 out of high school, Dawe pitched in the New York Yankees system for 3 seasons.

Cal Quantrill – After high school Quantrill went on to pitch at Stanford University. This past year he was drafted no. 8 overall by the San Diego Padres and already appears on the MLB Top 100 Prospects list.

Logan Seifrit – Drafter in 2012 in the 33rd Round by the Seattle Mariners, Seifrit pitched for 3 seasons in the minors making it as high as low-A ball in the Northwest League before hanging up his spikes. He last pitched in the minors in 2014.

Myles Vincent – All I could find was a story from a Canadian newspaper saying Vincent had given up the chase to the big leagues after pitching for a few years for a team in western Canada.

Christian Botnick – He has been pitching at the University of British Columbia where it appears he will be again this year.

Ryan Kellogg – Easily one of the most impressive pitchers I saw in the tournament, Kellogg posted a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings. He was drafted in the 5th Round by the Chicago Cubs in 2015. Last season he made 24 appearances, 23 starts, for the South Bend Cubs in A-ball pitching well with a 3.03 ERA over 130 + innings.

Jacob Marks – The last I can see is he played college ball at the University of Maine through 2016.

Travis Seabrooke – Travis tossed 5.2 innings in the tournament picking up a save. Today he is pitching in the minor leagues for the Baltimore Orioles. Drafter in 2013, Seabrooke has pitched the past 2 seasons in the New York Penn League which is short season Single-A.

Position Players

Jesse Hodges – Hodges tore up the 2012 18U WBC hitting .484 with 4 doubles, 1 home run, and an OPS of 1.278. He has played in the Chicago Cubs system since 2013. He climbed all way to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High-A) but struggled. He has put up solid numbers the past two seasons with the South Bend Cubs of the Midwest League.

Daniel Pinero – Pinero went on to play at the University of Virginia where he was drafted in 2016 by the Detroit Tigers in the 9th round. Played 7 games in rookie ball and 43 games in the New York-Penn League a short-season A league.

Jacob Robson – Robson went on to play at Mississippi State University before being drafted in the 8th round in 2016 by the Detroit Tigers. He played in the New York-Penn League with the Connecticut Tigers where he was a teammate of Daniel Pinero.

Mitchell Triolo – I have found it hard to find out where exactly he landed. A few stories say he went to this college or that one, but I do not see much else.

Kyle Hann – After spending a few years at Mississippi State, Hann transferred to a junior college, and then moved on to Oklahoma State although I do not see that he ever made it onto the field with the Cowboys.

Brett Siddall – Drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft by the Oakland A’s, Siddall had played his college ball at Canisius. In 2016 he played 135 games in the Midwest League for the Beloit Snappers hitting 9 home runs and driving in 60 while playing right field.

Owen Spiwak – Drafted out of Odessa College in 2015 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round. Spiwak spent last season between short-season A ball and rookie league playing in only 25 games.

Josh Naylor – With the 12th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft the Miami Marlins drafted Naylor and so far he has not disappointed. Last season between the California League (High-A) and the South Atlantic League Naylor blasted 12 home runs, 25 doubles, and stole 11 bases. He played in the 2016 MLB All Futures Game and will suit up for Team Canada once again in this years World Baseball Classic.

Chris Shaw – Shaw played his college ball at Oklahoma University before being drafted in the 15th round in 2015 by the Baltimore Orioles. The 2017 season will be his 3rd in the pros having played 23 games last year in the New York-Penn League.

Nathan Desouza – Drafted out of high school in 2012 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round, Desouza played 3 seasons in the minors ending in 2014.

Gareth Morgan – Morgan was drafted in 2014 by the Seattle Mariners 74th overall. He spent most of the 2016 season with the Arizona Mariners in the Arizona League, a rookie league.

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WBSC Announces Groups for 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup


The World Baseball Softball Confederation recently announced the groups for the upcoming 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup. The tournament will take place in Osaka, Japan from August 28 to September 06.

Twelve teams will compete for the title. Each group will play a round robin with the top three from each group moving on to the second round. During that second round a super round robin will be played with the two teams with the best overall records competing for the championship.

The championship will be played in historic Koshien Stadium which was built in 1924. The USA heads into the tournament as the two-time defending champs.

Group A (with current world ranking):

No. 1 Japan
No. 2 USA
No. 12 Mexico
No. 14 Australia
No. 15 Brazil
No. 20 Czech Republic

Group B:
No. 3 Cuba
No. 4 Chinese Taipei
No. 7 Canada
No. 8 South Korea
No. 11 Italy
No. 29 South Africa

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USA Baseball: 18U National Team Staff Named


Press Release USA Baseball

David Eckstein joins Greg Moore and Eric Kibler in assisting manager, Glenn Cecchini

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball named its 2015 18U National Team coaching staff Thursday, led by Barbe (La.) High School head coach, Glenn Cecchini. Cecchini, a veteran of Team USA identification events, has worked the 18U National Team Trials each of the past two seasons.

“The 2015 18U National Team is in great hands heading into the World Cup,” said USA Baseball’s executive director/CEO, Paul Seiler. “Our 18U director, Shaun Cole, has assembled an impressive staff of coaches with experience with our organization and a pedigree of success with a World Series MVP, a successful division I head coach and two nationally recognized high school coaches.”

Cecchini led Lake Charles, La.’s Barbe High School to the 2014 Baseball America national championship after posting a 39-2 record and winning the Louisiana 5A state championship for the seventh time. Both of Cecchini’s sons, Garin and Gavin, won gold medals as players with the 18U National Team in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

Cecchini will be joined in the dugout by assistant coaches, David Eckstein and Eric Kibler, as well as pitching coach, Greg Moore, and certified athletic trainer, Josh Cohen.

David Eckstein, the 2006 World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals, joins the 18U National Team staff after serving in various roles with USA Baseball over the last few years. A 10-year veteran and two-time MLB All-Star, Eckstein has worked with the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials since 2012.

As a player, Eckstein won two World Series rings while posting a career batting average of .280 in 5,705 big league plate appearances. Playing most of his career at shortstop, Eckstein had a career .982 fielding percentage in more than 10,600 MLB innings.

Eric Kibler has the most USA Baseball experience of the group having been the manager of the 2010 USA Baseball 16U National Team that posted a perfect 9-0 record en route to winning the gold medal at the COPABE Pan American 16U Youth Championships in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. Kibler also served as an assistant coach on the 2009 16U National Team and worked as the lead field coordinator for the USA Baseball National Team Development Program from 2012 to 2014 – winning the USA Baseball Coach of the Year Award in 2010 and the USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year in 2012.

Kibler is the head coach at national power, Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he has led the Huskies to six state championships and 18 regional titles. Under Kibler’s tutelage, Horizon has 28 players drafted by Major League clubs, including three first round selections.

Greg Moore, the head coach at Cal State Northridge, coaches on his first national team staff after assisting with the 2014 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and the 2014 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials in Houston.

Moore took the head coaching job at Cal State Northridge following three successful seasons as associate head coach at the University of San Francisco where he was named by Baseball America as one of the Top 10 Assistant Coaches in College Baseball. During his tenure with the Dons, Moore coached three first-round draft picks and eight top-10 round selections.

Moore played collegiately at the University of San Francisco and was named the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team in 2001. As a player, he won the team’s “Most Inspirational” award in back-to-back season and the award now bears his name.

Certified athletic trainer, Josh Cohen, rounds out the on-field staff. In his 10th season as athletic trainer for the Texas A&M Aggies baseball program, Cohen is known for his wealth of baseball-specific and sports medicine knowledge and experience.

The staff will look to defend the 18U National Team’s gold medal from the 2013 WBSC 18U/’AAA’ World Cup, when it competes in the 2015 WBSC 18U/’AAA’ World Cup in Nishinomiya, Japan. The 18U National Team has won gold medals in each of the last four years, including back-to-back World Cups in 2012 and 2013.

For more information on the 18U National Team program, please visit USABaseball.com and follow@USABaseball18U on Twitter.

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Hosts Announced for a few Upcoming Baseball World Cups


Hosting rights for some of the upcoming youth Baseball World Cups were announced recently. The WBSC’s International Baseball executives announced the hosts in Prague, Czech Republic.

The 21U Baseball World Cup will debut later this year and it will be hosted by Taichung, Chinese Taipei. Taichung was host to the 18U BWC in 2013. Twelve countries will participate in the inaugural event from November 7-16.

The executives also voted to include a limited number of 23U players for the initial tournament. Each national team will have the option to use up to three players in a game at a time.

Japan was chosen to host the next 18U Baseball World Cup to take place in 2015. Koshien Stadium, which is known was the “Mecca of Japanese Baseball”, will be the centerpiece for the tournament. Home of the Hanshin Tigers, Koshien Stadium is Japan’s oldest ballpark having been built in 1924.

The 2017 18U Baseball World Cup was granted to Canada. Canada hosted the event in 2010 in Thunder Bay, so it is not new to hosting these big international events.

Events to be held later in 2014 include the 21U Baseball World Cup in Taichung, 15U in La Paz, Mexico, and the Women’s Baseball World Cup to take place in Japan.

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Cuba Picks Up Walk Off Win Over Host Chinese Taipei at 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup


TAICHUNG, Chinese Taipei – The semifinal round robin play has begun at the 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup. The top three teams in each group from round 1 advanced and now are playing a second round robin. However, they carry with them the record they had against their own group.

Several of the teams headed into the round needing to win the first game to even have a chance. South Korea and Venezuela headed into round 2 with a 0-2 record. Three losses and you are going to be out. Cuba and Chinese Taipei faced each other in what was a big game for both as each had a 1-1 record.

 Venezuela 5, USA 15 (7)

The USA bats came alive in a big win for the Red, White, and Blue. Team USA pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of five Venezuela errors.

Scott Hurst led the way with four hits on the day. Jeffery Schwartz doubled and drove in four runs while going 3-for-5. Michael Rivera went 3-for-3 with a double.

The win keeps Team USA in the running for the championship for a second straight year. But there are still two games remaining.

South Korea 0, Japan 10 (7)

In a huge game between bitter rivals, Japan remained undefeated with a 10-0 shellacking of Korea.

Yuki Matsui picked up the win for Japan pitching six shutout innings. He gave up just four hits and struck out six to keep Japan in the running for the championship.

Ryo Watanabe raised his average to .455 by going 4-for-4. He drove in two runs, scored three, and doubled to lead the offense for Japan. Yasuhito Uchida chipped in with three hits of his own.

Chinese Taipei 0, Cuba 1

Cuba took advantage of a ninth inning error to eek out a 1-0 walk off win over host Chinese Taipei. Yusnier Diaz, who had gone hitless in eleven at bats in the tournament, came through with a RBI single giving Cuba a much needed win.

Both starters pitched great. Lin Cheng-hsien went seven innings for Chinese Taipei giving up just four hits while striking out six. Ariel Diaz matched him. He tossed 7.2 innings allowing seven hits while striking out seven.

The win keeps Cuba in the running for the championship and makes it much more difficult for Chinese Taipei who now sits with a 1-2 record. They must win out and hope to get some help.

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Round 2 Standings:

1. Japan 3-0
2. USA 3-0
3. Cuba 2-1
4, Chinese Taipei 1-2
5. South Korea 0-3
6. Venezuela 0-3

Round 2 Schedule:

Thursday September 5
Venezuela 5, USA 15 (7)
South Korea 0, Japan 10 (7)
Chinese Taipei 0, Cuba 1

Friday September 6
South Korea vs Venezuela
Cuba vs Japan
Chinese Taipei vs USA

Saturday September 7
Venezuela vs Cuba
South Korea vs Chinese Taipei
USA vs Japan

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Round 2 Teams are Set at 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup


TAICHUNG, Chinese Taipei – The first round of the 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup is over. After being delayed by rain for two straight days, the teams played five games in four days in a round robin format. The top three teams in each group have advanced into the second round where they will carry with them their record against the teams in their own group and will now play a game against each team from the other group. At the end of the round, the two teams with the best record will play for the title.

There were no upsets on Wednesday, but there was a good close game between Cuba and Australia. Cuba took an early 3-0 lead but Australia staged a comeback in the seventh inning scoring twice. However, that was as close as they would come falling 3-2.

Advancing to the next round are Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Venezuela from Group A. Cuba, South Korea, and the USA advanced from Group B. Four of the six teams were in the second round last year. Venezuela and Cuba replaced Canada and Colombia in this years round 2.

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Scores & Standings:

Wednesday September 4
Czech Republic 2, Venezuela 6
Canada 5, Japan 7
South Korea 17, Italy 4 (8)
Cuba 3, Australia 2
USA 12, Colombia 6
Mexico 5, Chinese Taipei 17 (7)

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Round 1 Standings:

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

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

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Round 2 Standings:

1. Japan 2-0
2. USA 2-0
3. Chinese Taipei 1-1
4. Cuba 1-1
5. South Korea 0-2
6. Venezuela 0-2

Round 2 Schedule:

Thursday September 5
Venezuela vs USA
South Korea vs Japan
Chinese Taipei vs Cuba

Friday September 6
South Korea vs Venezuela
Cuba vs Japan
Chinese Taipei vs USA

Saturday September 7
Venezuela vs Cuba
South Korea vs Chinese Taipei
USA vs Japan

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2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup: USA Ends Day with Walk-Off Against Cuba; Second Round Spots Up for Grabs


TAICHUNG, Chinese Taipei – Day 3 of the 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup had a lot of excitement in store setting up different scenarios of who will advance to Round 2 after the action on Wednesday.

Group A Action:

Japan continues to be the top team in Group A. On Tuesday Japan rolled through the Czech Republic as they pounded out 21 hits en route to a 15-0 route. Japan’s pitching was just as dominating too. Three pitchers combined to allow just a single hit, no walks, and struck out 11 in six innings.

Chinese Taipei stayed a game behind Japan in the race for the second round. They dispatched Venezuela in seven innings 10-0. The loss for Venezuela put them in a tie for the final playoff spot at 2-2 with Canada.

Canada rebounded after a disappointing two loss day on Monday to defeat Mexico 11-4. It was a must win game for Canada if they look to get back to the championship game for the second year in a row. They have an uphill climb though. On the final day they will face Japan while Venezuela will face off with the winless Czech Republic.

With the loss to Canada on Tuesday, Mexico is virtually eliminated from the next round. They will finish the round against Chinese Taipei on Wednesday.

Group B Action:

Group B saw the most action on Tuesday. It all started off with a close game between South Korea and USA. In a big game for both, the USA was able to pull out the win behind a strong pitching performance from Brady Aiken. Aiken tossed 5.2 innings allowing just one run to pick up the win.

The USA kept the mojo going in the last game of the day against Cuba. It was a back and forth game between the two rivals. Cuba took a quick 3-0 lead in the second inning and held on to that lead until the seventh inning when the USA broke through for three runs to make it 5-3. Cuba wouldn’t go away though tying the game in the top of the ninth inning. Then the magic happened.

Bryson Brigman (3-for-4), who has already won two world championships – 16U in 2010 and 18U in 2012, led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Cole Tucker then came through with a two-strike sacrifice to move Brigman to second. After an intentional walk to set up the double play, Michael Rivera (2-for-5/3 RBI) came through with the biggest hit of the day. Rivera singled through the right side to bring home Brigman with the walk-off win for Team USA.

The win was huge for Team USA. It gives them the lead in Group B and with a win on Wednesday they will head into the second round as the #1 seed. The top three teams in both groups will advance to another round robin. The top two teams after that round robin will then play for the championship.

While the USA was busy picking up two big wins in the day, Australia was busy doing just the opposite. After a huge 1-0 win over USA in the opening game, Australia has dropped to 2-2 after losing twice on Tuesday. Italy upset Australia early in the day 7-4. Then later in the day, Australia fell to South Korea 4-0 dropping them to 2-2 in the tournament.

Australia is now in a fight to advance to the next round with South Korea. Australia will play Cuba in the final game while South Korea will take on one win Italy.

Both Italy and Colombia picked up their first wins of the tournament on Day 3, but at 1-3 both are on the outside looking in for the next round.

The first round finishes up on Wednesday with each team having one game left. Spots for the second round are still up for grabs.

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 1, USA 2
Australia 4, Italy 7
Colombia 0, Cuba 10 (7)
Mexico 4, Canada 11
Czech Republic 0, Japan 15 (6)
Venezuela 0, Chinese Taipei 10 (7)
Australia 0, South Korea 4
Italy 4, Colombia 6
Cuba 5, USA 6

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

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

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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

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Japan Releases 18U National Team Roster


16 of 20 players on roster played and famous Koshien High School Tournament

Japan has announced its roster for the 18U National Team that will compete in the 18U Baseball World Cup in Taichung. The tournament will take place from August 30 to September 8.

Sixteen of the twenty players on the roster competed in the 95th Japanese High School National Championship, better known as the Koshien, that just finished on August 22. The championship featured 49 regional winners from all over the country playing in a 14-day tournament which is the most famous high school baseball tournament in the world.

The team will begin practice on August 25 in Osada. It will play a couple exhibition games against college teams before leaving for Chinese Taipei.

2013 Japan 18U National Team:

Position, Name, High School (Prefecture)
RHP, Harumi Iida, Joso Gakuin (Ibaragi)
LHP, Yuki Matsui, Toko Gakuen (Kanagawa)
RHP, Taisuke Yamaoka, Setouchi (Hiroshima)
LHP, Kazuto Taguchi, Hiroshima Shinjo (Hiroshima)
RHP, Yuya Takahashi, Iwakuni Commercial (Yamaguchi)
RHP, Kona Takahashi, Maebashi Ikuei (Gunma)
RHP, Tomohiro Anraku, Saibi (Ehime)
Catcher, Yasuhito Uchida, Joso Gakuin (Ibaragi)
Catcher, Kenya Wakatsuki, Hanasaki Tokuharu (Saitama)
Catcher, Tomoya Mori, Osaka Toin (Osaka)
IF, Satoshi Sonobe, Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima)
IF, Yusei Itsuzaki, Meitoku Gijuku (Kochi)
IF, Nobuyuki Okumura, Nihon University Yamagata (Yamagata)
IF, Takahiro Kumagai, Sendai Ikuei (Sendai)
IF, Haruki Takemura, Urawa Gakuin (Saitama)
IF, Ryo Watanabe, Tokai University Kofu (Yamanashi)
OF, Ryuma Mori, 3rd Junior High of Nihon University (Tokyo)
OF, Yuto Yoshida, Hokusho (Hokkaido)
OF, Seiji Uebayashi, Sendai Ikuei (Sendai)
OF, Akihito Iwashige, Nobeoka Gakuen (Miyazaki)

Photo: National Champion Maebashi Ikuei and Runners Up Nobeoka Gakuen at Koshien on August 22, 2013 by The Mainichi

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USA Announces 2013 18U National Team


Players will compete in the IBAF ‘AAA’/18U World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan

By USA Baseball

FULLERTON, Calif. – USA Baseball announced the 20 players named to the 2013 18U National Team immediately following play at the 2013 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials in Fullerton, Calif. Players competed over five days for the final spots.

For the second consecutive year, the 18U National Team hosted trials at California State University, Fullerton near Los Angeles. Trials also included games at Long Beach State’s Blair Field, Dodger Stadium and the University of San Diego’s Fowler Park. The 2012 18U National Team that won the IBAF 18U World Championships conducted their final trials at Cal State Fullerton, as well.

These 20 players will compete in the 2013 IBAF Junior ‘AAA’/18U World Cup in Taichung, which begins on Aug. 30 with medal round competition on Sept. 8.

The 18U National Team will be managed by newly named Penn State head coach, Rob Cooper. Cooper served as an assistant coach on two USA Baseball Collegiate National Teams. He will be joined in the dugout by pitching coach Mike Maack, and assistants Eric Munson and Kevin Wilson.

The team administration will be overseen by 18U National Team director, Brant Ust, with the assistance of 18U National Team coordinator, Mark Dvoroznak. Steve Domzalski, from Wayne State University, will serve as the athletic trainer, and USA Baseball’s Cody Wilcoxson will travel as the team’s press officer.

For more information on the 18U National Team, please visit USABaseball.com.

The 20-man 2013 USA Baseball 18U National Team roster is as follows:

Name, Position, Hometown
Brady Aiken, LHP, Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.
Bryson Brigman, IF/OF, San Jose, Calif.
Joe DeMers, RHP, Martinez, Calif.
Alex Destino, LHP/OF, Weaverville, N.C.
Jack Flaherty, IF/RHP, Burbank, Calif.
Marvin Gorgas, RHP/IF, East Hampton, Conn.
Adam Haseley, OF/LHP, Windermere, Fla.
Scott Hurst, OF, Glendora, Calif.
Kel Johnson, OF, Palmetto, Ga.
Trace Loehr, IF, Milwaukie, Ore.
Mac Marshall, LHP, Parkview, Ga.
Keaton McKinney, RHP/IF, Ankeny, Iowa
Jacob Nix, RHP, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger, Calif.
Jakson Reetz, C/OF/RHP, Hickman, Neb.
Michael Rivera, C, Venice, Fla.
JJ Schwarz, C, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tullahoma, Tenn.
Lane Thomas, OF, Knoxville, Tenn.
Cole Tucker, IF, Phoenix, Ariz.

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Schedule Released for 18U Baseball World Cup


The schedule for the XXVI 18U Baseball World Cup has been released. The tournament will take place in Taichung, Chinese Taipei from August 30 to September 8 as twelve teams compete for the title.

The tournament will start with a round robin on August 30 and will go through September 3. The top three teams from each pool will advance to the semifinal round where they will play another round robin. The top two teams after the semifinal round robin will play for the championship on September 8.

Last year the USA defeated Canada in the gold medal game. This year the USA will defend its title against a tough field.

Group A will consist of host Chinese Taipei, Mexico, Venezuela, Czech Republic, Japan, and host Chinese Taipei. Group B consists of defending champion USA, Korea, Italy, Australia, Colombia, and Cuba.

Host Chinese Taipei, who took home the bronze medal in 2012 in Seoul, will kick off the tournament with the first night game at Intercontinental Stadium against Mexico following the opening ceremonies.

Other opening day games include defending champion USA against 2012’s 4th place Colombia. Last year’s runner-up Canada will take on Japan early in the morning of Day 1.

Cuba holds the record for most gold medals in this event. However, despite winning 11 of 25 titles, they did not compete in the 2012 edition of the tournament. They are back looking for its first gold medal since 2004 when it was last played in Chinese Taipei.

18U Baseball World Cup Schedule

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Canada: Preliminary Roster Set for 18U Baseball World Cup


By Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Baseball Canada announced 25 players that have been invited to the team’s final selection camp at Palm Meadows Baseball Complex in Gold Coast, Australia from August 16-26.

At the conclusion of the selection camp, 20-players will be selected to represent Canada at the 18U Baseball World Cup August 30th-September 8th in Taichung, Taiwan.

Players, coaches and staff will depart for Australia on August 13th and practice on August 16th and 17th before opening a 10-game exhibition series against the Australian Junior National Team and Reseisha Medical College from Japan. The exhibition series will see the juniors play six games against Australia and four games against Reseisha Medical College including a doubleheader on August 22nd.

“This camp will allow the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate players before making final roster decisions,” said Junior National Team Head Coach, Greg Hamilton. “The World Cup is the culmination of a year of hard work and preparation for our Junior National Team program. Our coaches and players are looking forward to this opportunity to represent Canada and intend on being a competitive club in Taichung.”

The Junior National Team pre-worlds selection camp roster features:

-Five players that were members of 2012 Junior National Team that won silver at the 2012 18U Baseball World Cup in Seoul, Korea (Gareth Morgan, Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Travis Seabrooke, and Owen Spiwak)

-Ten players chosen in June’s MLB First Year Player Draft (Malik Collymore-Cardinals; Lachlan Fontaine-Mariners; Morgan Loftstrom-Reds; Tyler O’Neill-Mariners; Daniel Procopio-Mets; Cal Quantrill-Yankees; Sean Ratcliffe-Blue Jays; Travis Seabrooke-Orioles; Owen Spiwak-Mets; Chris Thibideau-Padres)

-Six of the drafted players have since signed professional contracts (Collymore, Fontaine, Loftstrom, O’Neill, Ratcliffe and Seabrooke)

-The coaching staff is led by Head Coach Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, ON) along with Pitching Coach Chris Reitsma (Calgary, AB) and Coaches Hyung Cho (Scarborough, ON) and Corey Eckstein (Abbotsford, BC)

In Taichung, Canada will be joined in Pool A with Japan, Mexico, Czech Republic, Venezuela and host Chinese Taipei.

Pool B will consist of reigning gold medalists the United States along with Australia, Colombia, South Korea, Italy and Cuba.

Teams will play a round-robin style format in round one with the top three records in each pool advancing to round two.

Following round two, the top two records will meet for gold, while the third a fourth best records will play to decide the bronze medal.

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USA 18U to Play Exhibition Games Against Chinese Taipei and Australia before 18U Baseball World Cup


The XXVI 18U Baseball World Cup starts at the end of August in Taichung, Chinese Taipei. The defending champion USA announced they will play three exhibition games before the tournament starts.

Team USA will play twice against Chinese Taipei on August 26 and 27. In their final warm up game, they will face Australia on August 28. The 18U Baseball World Cup starts on August 30 and runs through September 8.

The USA will face off with South Korea, Colombia, Italy, Cuba, and Australia during the pool play in Round 1 of the Baseball World Cup. The teams participating in the other pool will be Japan, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Venezuela, and host Chinese Taipei.

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Groups Set for IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup in Taichung


Ten of the twelve teams from the 2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup are back for this year’s edition. Defending champion USA will be back as will runner-up Canada in what looks to be an even stronger field this year. The event will take place in Taichung, Chinese Taipei from August 30 to September 8.

The two teams that will not make the return trip to Asia are the Netherlands and Panama. Replacing them will be Cuba and Mexico.

  • Pool A: Canada (2), Chinese Taipei (3), Japan (6), Venezuela (8), Czech Republic (12), Mexico (invited)
  • Pool B: USA (1), Colombia (4), Korea (5), Australia (9), Italy (10), Cuba (invited)

(Numbers next to countries are their standings from the 2012 18U Baseball World Cup in Seoul)

The addition of Cuba makes the tournament even more competitive this year. The island nation has won 11 of the 25 tournaments and has placed in the top three 17 times.

Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung will be the main stadium for the tournament. It has hosted many international events including the 2013 World Baseball Classic earlier this year.

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IBAF Announces Dates for 18U Baseball World Cup in Taiwan


The IBAF announced the dates of the XXVI IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup to take place from August 30 to September 8, 2013. It was announced recently that the tournament will take place in Taichung, Taiwan.

In the 2012 edition of the tournament, the USA defeated Canada in the gold medal game in Seoul. That tournament featured several future professional players including highly touted pitcher Shoehi Otani from Japan. Many other players from the USA, Canada, and other countries are thought to be high round draft picks this summer during the MLB draft.

National teams are being asked to confirm their participation by March 11. Last year there were 12 teams competing including the USA, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, Panama, Czech Republic, and Venezuela.

This year the tournament looks to be just as competitive.

Final Standings XXV IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup:

1) USA
2) Canada
3) Chinese Taipei
4) Colombia
5) Korea
6) Japan
7) Panama
8) Venezuela
9) Australia
10) Italy
11) Netherlands
12) Czech Republic

 

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2013 18U Baseball World Classic to be Held in Taiwan


The IBAF has announced that the 2013 18U World Baseball Classic will take place in Taichung City, Taiwan.

The tournament has changed its name from the 2012 edition which it was named the 18U Baseball World Championships. In the 2013 edition of the tournament, the USA defeated Canada in the finals to claim the gold medal.

The 2013 tournament will take place later this year from late August through the first week of September. It will be held at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium. It will feature 14 teams, in 2012 there was 12.

Another feature will be that there will be no home plate collisions this year. In last years tournament, USA player Willie Abreu tried to run over Canadian catcher Christopher Saw. It was a big collision in which Abreu was thrown out of the game. Shaw did hold on to the ball for the out. You can see the play on the Baseball de World YouTube channel here. The play happens around the 2 minute mark.

Look for another great tournament in a baseball hotbed.

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IBAF Welcomes Curacao and Saipan as Members


The Executive Committee of the International Baseball Federation had its first meeting of 2013 in Cartagena in cooperation with the Colombian Baseball Federation. During the meeting the IBAF welcomed two new members in Curacao and Saipan.

Another key aspect to the meeting was to discuss the merger status with softball and review the constitution that will govern the new combined body, The World Baseball Softball Confederation.

A report on the merger and the combined bid for the 2020 Olympics was discussed.

Also on the agenda was the announcement of the host for the upcoming 18U Baseball World Cup. The event, to take place in late August and early September, will be held in Taichung (Taiwan). It was also announced that in the 14-team event that there will be no collisions at home plate.

In last years tournament, USA player Willie Abreu tried to run over Canadian catcher Christopher Saw. It was a big collision in which Abreu was thrown out of the game. Shaw did hold on to the ball for the out. You can see the play on the Baseball de World YouTube channel here. The play happens around the 2 minute mark.

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IBAF 18U WBC: Top Players from Seoul


SEOUL, South Korea – The 2012 IBAF 18U World Baseball Championships concluded this weekend in Seoul. It was a well run tournament with some great competition.

In the final day of play, the USA defeated Canada for the gold medal. Earlier in the day, Chinese Taipei downed Colombia 4-1 to win the bronze medal, and South Korea defeated rival Japan to finish 5th place.

Shortstop Christian Arroyo (USA) finished as the tournament MVP. He finished the tournament with 10 RBI to lead the tournament and was named to the All-Star Tournament Team. He finished the tournament hitting .444.

The top hitter for the tournament is Young Jin Young (KOR) who finished with a .478 average.

Garrett Williams (USA) finished with the best ERA for a pitcher at 0.00 in 11.2 innings of work.

Ryan Boldt (USA) led the tournament in stolen bases with an astonishing 12.

Final Standings

1) USA
2) Canada
3) Chinese Taipei
4) Colombia
5) Korea
6) Japan
7) Panama
8 ) Venezuela
9) Australia
10) Italy
11) Netherlands
12) Czech Republic

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Christian Arroyo (USA)
Leading Hitter: Young Jin Young (KOR)
Pitcher Best ERA: Garrett Williams (USA)
Pitcher Best Win/Loss Average: Su Min Lee (KOR)
Most Runs Batted In: Christian Arroyo (USA)
Most Home Runs: Mitchell Triolo (CAN)
Most Stolen Bases: Ryan Boldt (USA)
Most Runs Scored: Ryan Boldt (USA)
Outstanding Defensive Player: Tzu Wei Lin (TPE)

All Star Team

Best Starting Pitcher: Shintaro Fujinami (JPN)
Best Relief Pitcher: Jen Ho Tseng (TPE)
Catcher: Tomoya Mori (JPN)
First Baseman: Chih Chieh Su (TPE)
Second Baseman: Kyle Hann (CAN)
Third Baseman: Jesse Hodges (CAN)
Shortstop: Christian Arroyo (USA)
Outfielder: Jun Suk Song (KOR)
Outfielder: Elliot Hargreaves (AUS)
Outfielder: Cristian Cano (COL)
Designated Hitter: Jeremy Martinez (USA)

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Team USA Wins IBAF 18U World Baseball Championships


SEOUL, South Korea – The 2012 IBAF 18U World Baseball Championships concluded with the gold medal game tonight as the USA faced off with its North American neighbor Canada. It was an exciting finish to what turned out to be a fantastic tournament put on by the folks in South Korea.

Cal Quantrill, son of former MLB pitcher Paul Quantrill, got the start for Canada. He had looked very good all tournament until the gold medal game. He didn’t pitch horribly bad, but his defense didn’t help him out at all. He went 2.1 innings giving up 4 runs (only 2 ER) on 4 hits.

On the other side of things was Ian Clarkin for the USA. This was Clarkin’s first start in the tournament after having pitched 4.1 innings in 2 relief appearances. Prior to the gold medal game he had not given up a run. He pitched great against South Korea in the 2nd game of the tournament for the USA but had to leave the game earlier than he’d hoped due to injuring his hand. On this day, Clarkin was good. He pitched 6 innings allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits to earn his first win of the tournament.

The offense was exciting as well. Canada got a run in the top of the 2nd to take the lead to the excitement of the Canadian rooting section. However, the lead didn’t last long as the USA came back quickly with a single from Reese McGuire (2-for-3) and a double from Chris Okey (2-for-3) in the bottom half of the inning. McGuire wasn’t going to score on the play, but interference by the third baseman as he rounded third gave him a free pass to the plate to score the go ahead run.

The US put together a solid inning in the bottom of the 3rd to take a 3-run lead. Garrett Williams (1-for-3) led of the inning with a walk. Ryan Boldt (2-for-5) followed that up utilizing his speed with a bunt single. After a sacrifice bunt put runners on 2nd and 3rd,  Jeremy Martinez (1-for-2)  singled to right to drive in Williams. The throw from Canada’s right fielder went all the way to the backstop allowing Boldt to score from 3rd base. Then it really got interesting.

Martinez had made a running error rounding 2nd base too far as the catcher picked up the ball. However, instead of running at the runner or throwing in front of him, Canada’s pitcher, who was backing up the throw home, threw behind Martinez to second base allowing him to easily move up to third.

Things really got interesting in the bottom of the 4th inning. Willie Abreu (0-for-1) led off the inning being hit by a pitch. After a single by Cavan Biggio (1-for-4) put runners on 1st and 2nd, USA performed a beautiful double steal. With runners at 2nd and 3rd and the infield in, Christian Arroyo (0-for-4) grounded into a fielder’s choice to third base. On the play, Abreu went on contact and bowled over the catcher. Catcher Christopher Shaw made a great play holding onto the ball tagging Abreu out at the plate.

On the play, Abreu was thrown out of the game because when he tried to run over the catcher he threw his arms upward toward the catcher’s head. I understand why the umpire threw him out, but I don’t think it was a malicious act. It was more of a natural reaction. Shaw did make a great play.

Some of the Canadian infielders didn’t take too kindly to Abreu’s acts and started walking toward him while talking loudly. The benches didn’t clear because the umpires saw what was happening quickly and did a great job of shutting it down quickly. That was good to see because it could have gotten out of hand had they not stepped in quickly.

Canada dodged bullet after bullet as the USA put runners on several more times only to hit into a double play by hitting the ball hard at someone.

The bottom of the 7th looked like it might be another one of those plays as the USA put 2 runners on. After a wild pitch put the two runners at 2nd and 3rd, Reese McGuire (2-for-3) doubled to the pitcher. Yes that is what it will say in the play by play if you read it online. McGuire hit a rocket back to the mound, but this time a play wasn’t made and the ball bounced off of the pitcher’s glove glancing into short left field just getting by the drawn in short stop. McGuire wound up with a double that barely left the infield and two runs scored on the play as the USA boosted its lead to 6-2.

That is where it would stay as Ryan Olson and Keegan Thompson came in to shut down the Canadian bats for the last 3 innings.

It was a well played game all around. Both teams have a lot to be proud about as they finish 1-2 in the standings.

The fans should also be mentioned as well. Both sides had vocal crowds, albeit not very large for having to travel so far. It was nice to see and hear the chants for both Canada and USA. I know it meant a lot to the players who traveled so far to play.

This was the first gold medal for the USA since 1999, and their 6th overall. This was Canada’s first silver and first medal since they won bronze in 2006.

Photo Courtesy IBAF.org

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IBAF 18U WBC: Korea Shuts Out Japan to Take 5th Place


SEOUL, South Korea – The 5th place game in the 2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships concluded this morning as the host South Korea squad picked up the win over Japan 3-0.

Japan had beaten Korea just two days prior knocking Korea out of the gold medal match. This time Korea would get its revenge and finish ahead of Japan in the final standings.

The weather was overcast and the crowd was sparse at 10am, but those who were here rooted on their team furiously.

Lee Geon Wook baffled the Japanese hitters for 8 innings allowing only 3 hits while striking out 7. He was going toe to toe with Japanese sensation Shohei Otani, who was clocked at 99mph (160kmh)earlier this year. Otani pitched well battling some control problems topping out at 96mph (155kmh).

Despite taking the loss, Otani had a good game. He struck out 12 batters in 7 innings of work allowing only 2 runs on 2 hits. At the plate he was 1-for-3 and made a nice running catch in left field in the 9th inning to save a sure double.

Both starting pitchers pitched well keeping the hits to a minimum. Both teams combined for only 7 hits in the game. Jun Suk Song doubled and drove in a run for Korea, but the big hit came from Dae Young Yoon who homered down the left field line in the 9th inning for Korea to stretch the lead to 3.

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2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships – Video and Photos from Day 3


Here are a few photos from the action on Sunday September 2nd at Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.

Mokdong Stadium in Seoul, South Korea

Mokdong Stadium in Seoul, South Korea

Korea vs Australia

Crowd at Korea vs Australia

Korea vs Australia

Australian Flags at Korea vs Australia

Korea vs Australia

Cheering on Australia

Korea vs Australia

Warming up in the bullpen

Korea vs Australia

View of the stadium during Korea vs Australia

All photos courtesy Kihoon Jung.

Video of a few of the early highlights from Canada vs Chinese Taipei including a home run by Mitchell Triolo from Canada.

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2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships Day 3 Updates


SEOUL, South Korea – The 2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships continue this week in Seoul as 12 teams are battling it out for the title. Over the weekend there were some very exciting games. Here is a recap.

Colombia 1, USA 11 (7)

The USA showed patience at the plate and speed on the base paths as they worked 12 walks (and 3 hit-by-pitches) to go along with 10 stolen bases.

From the get go, the USA was off to the races on the bases. Lead off hitter Ryan Boldt (0-for-0/4 BB/ 5 SB) worked a lead off walk and promptly stole second base. Dominic Nunez (1-for-4/1 RBI) moved him to third with a ground ball to first base, and then Boldt scored on a double by Reese McGuire (1-for-2/3RBI). However they weren’t done. The next hitter Jeremy Martinez (1-for-2/3RBI) got hit by a pitch and before you could blink both Martinez and McGuire put on a double steal. Andrew McGuire then walked to load the bases before the Colombia pitcher unleashed a wild pitch scoring the second USA run.

That wasn’t all. Another walk and bases loaded wild pitch scored the third USA run. Using their speed and showing good eyes at the plate, the USA scored 3 runs on 1 hit in the bottom of the first. That’s how the game would continue.

The big blow for the USA came in the 3rd inning as they scored 4 runs, 3 of which came home on a Jeremy Martinez bases loaded triple.

Stephen Gonsalves looked good on the mound for the USA going the distance allowing just 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 8 to pick up the win. Arturo Pena didn’t get out of the first for Colombia taking the loss giving up 3 runs in 0.2 innings.

Czech Republic 1, Italy 12 (7)

In the battle of Europeans, Italy came out on top with a blowout win. Italy pounded out 13 hits led by Mattia Mercuri who picked up 3 hits including 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Alberto Mineo chipped in 3 hits of his own along with 2 doubles and 3 RBI.

Gabriele Quattrini pitched well for Italy going 6 innings giving up just 1 unearned run on 2 hits to pick up the win. Viktor Smidt took the loss going only 2 innings allowing 8 runs (all unearned) on 6 hits.

Italy took advantage of a 2 out error in the 2nd inning to score 7 unearned runs and put the game away early.

Netherlands 3, Venezuela 8

The Netherlands dropped their 3rd straight game in the tournament as Venezuela improved to 2-1.

Wilson Garcia had a big day at the plate for Venezuela going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI, and 2 runs scored. Seven different batters drove in a run for Venezuela.

Alexis Rivero picked up the win going 5.2 innings allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. Kaj Timmermans took the loss lasing 5.1 innings allowing 7 runs on 7 hits.

No hitter collected more than 1 hit for the Netherlands.

South Korea 7, Australia 1

Australia held close until late in the game when South Korea scored 2 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to put the game away. Australia jumped out on top in the bottom of the first inning scoring a run, but South Korea starter Hyun Sik Jang shut them down for the next 6 innings giving up the 1 run on 9 hits while striking out 7. Lewis Thorpe pitched well for Australia but took the loss giving up 3 runs (2 ER) in 5.1 innings on 9 hits while striking out 7.

Elliot Hargreaves continued his hot hitting picking up 2 hits and getting robbed of an extra base hit by South Korea right fielder who made a great catch up against the wall. Cameron Warner drove in the run in the first with a single up the middle. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a RBI and a double .

South Korea third baseman Young Jun Yoo had a big day at the plate. He finished the day going 3-for-4 with 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases. Jun Suk Song also added 3 hits including 2 triples driving in 2 runs.

Canada 5, Chinese Taipei 6

In what was the most exciting game at Mokdong Baseball Stadium on Sunday, Chinese Taipei battled back from a 5-0 deficit to pick up a walk-off win against previously unbeaten Canada.

Canada picked up 2 runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings to take a 4-0 lead. They added a 5th run in the 4th inning on a Mitchell Triolo solo home run to left field.

Cal Quantrill pitched a good game for Canada tossing 7.1 innings allowing just 3 runs on 7 hits. Dayton Dawe took the loss in relief.

Chinese Taipei started their comeback in the 5th inning when they scored 2 runs on a Yu Pin Sen bases loaded 2-run single to right field. They tied the game in the 8th inning when the picked up a 2-run single from Yu Ming Chen to pull withing a single run. Chia Wei Yang followed up with a RBI single tying the game at 5 to set up the dramatic finish in the 9th.

It looked like Canada might break the tie in the top of the 9th. A routine fly ball to left field was dropped and Canada started with a runner at second base. After a ground out moved the runner to third, the next hitter walked putting runners at the corners with 1 out. Then with the infield in, the runner at third made what seemed like a poor base running decision as he went on a ground ball to first and was out by 4 steps. Jen Ho Tseng then went to work getting the final out. Tseng was throwing as hard as anyone in the tournament reaching 95 mph on the radar gun.

In the bottom of the 9th, Tsung Hsien Lee walked with one out. He was sacrificed to second, and with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, first baseman Chih Chieh Su came up with the big walk off single up the middle driving in the winning run.

Panama 0, Japan 8

Ryuhei Johma pitched great for Japan shutting down Panama for 7 innings allowing only 3 hits to pick up the win.

Tomoya Mori (2-for-4/RBI), Shohei Otani (2-for-5/RBI), Hiroki Takahashi (2-for-5), and Kohei Sasagawa (3-for-3/3 runs scored) led Japan offensively as they pounded out a total of 13 hits in the win.

Hector Salazar took the loss for Panama pitching 3.2 innings allowing 3 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits. Panama managed only 3 hits in the game against the strong Japanese pitching.

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Day 2 Recaps of the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships


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.

Venezuela 6, Australia 3

Italy 3, Canada 4

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.

Standings:

Pool A
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

Pool B
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

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#BaseballJourney at the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships


I have been fortunate to see some of the greatest baseball players to ever play in the USA, but I don’t want to stop there. I have lived in South Korea for most of the past 3 years during which I have seen a lot of baseball. I have gotten the chance to see every KBO team and stadium in use as well as a few that are only used by amateur and high school leagues.

Baseball is a religion of sorts here. The fans here are passionate, knowledgeable, and hungry for winners on every level. Luckily for me the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships are currently being held in Seoul. So for the next two weekends I’ll be spending my time between two stadiums watching international baseball. This is my current #BaseballJourney.

This is my first foray into international baseball. I’m fortunate to be able to see the USA play. Not only that, but I am getting to see them play Korea as well which will make for an electric atmosphere.

However, on the grand scheme of things it is seeing other countries that you might not know have good teams. For instance, Italy and the Czech Republic are representing Europe. Colombia, Panama, and Venezuela are here as well representing South America. Then there are the powers that you expect to be here and do well like Japan, Korea, USA, and Canada.

It’s an exciting time watching international baseball for the first time. I’m excited and realize how lucky I am for the chance to do so.

I don’t know where my #BaseballJourney will take me in the future, but I’m excited about the prospects.

If you have a baseball travel story, share with us using the tag #BaseballJourney.

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