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Venezuela Downs Australia and Canada Makes Another Comeback at 18U Baseball World Championships

SEOUL, South Korea – In front of a small crowd of around 100 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Venezuela got in the win column with a 6-3 win over Australia bouncing back from a one run loss to host South Korea on Friday at the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships.

Venezuela got a solid start from Carlos Indriago who went 6.2 scoreless innings allowing 6 hits. He pitched in and out of trouble a few times but over powered most of the Aussie hitters. However, the Venezuela bullpen couldn’t keep Australia at bay in the bottom of the 9th as they took advantage of some wildness by Venezuelan Jhorman Cabrera to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Cabrera would give up 3 runs on 1 hit and 4 walks.

The 9th inning was electric. After two straight swinging strike outs, Cabrera walked the next two hitters. That was followed up by a throwing error from the third baseman on what should have ended the game. Instead, Australia scored two runs and had runners at 2nd and 3rd with two outs. Venezuela then decided to walk the next hitter intentionally to load the bases and set up a force at any base. Only Cabrera couldn’t find the strike zone and again walked a batter this time walking in the tying run.

The wildness must have stayed on the mound as the Australian reliever Matt Wilson didn’t fare too well in the 10th inning. He was wild immediately throwing a wild pitch allowing the runners to advance to 2nd and 3rd (extra innings start with runners at 1st and 2nd base).

The next batter grounded out to the second baseman but with the infield in the runner couldn’t score. However, the next batter hit a high chopper that would have been a routine play had the infield not been in to cut off the run. It bounded over the short stops head and into left field plating the first run of the inning. Another wild pitch and Venezuela had a 2-run lead, but they weren’t done. They scored one last run on a throwing error by the Australian second baseman.

Australian center fielder Elliott Hargreaves had a nice day. He doubled and stole third in the 7th inning but couldn’t come around to score. He finished the day 2-for-5 with a pair of stolen bases. He really showed a lot of raw talent today with some good speed and awareness of the game, but was over matched in the 9th inning by the closer’s 85+ mph fastball.

The end of the game was exciting as the small but vocal crowd supporting Australia came to life in the 9th inning. You could feel the tension and excitement in the air as they rallied to tie the game. The emotions on the players was what everyone lives to see in this game. Their pure enjoyment of the moment is the greatest part of this game and one of the many reasons why I still watch.

Italy 3, Canada 4

In other morning action, the comeback kids did it again. Canada once again scored a pair of runs in the 9th inning this time winning the game a day after scoring two in the 9th to tie the game against Japan.

Canada got a nice outing from reliever Brock Dykxhoorn who threw four shutout innings to hold off Italy and pick up the win. Davide Anselmi took the loss in 4.1 innings of relief allowing 3 runs (2 ER) on 7 hits.

Mitchell Triolo had a great game for Canada at the plate going 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 3 runs scored. Luca Pulzetti had a good day at the plate for Italy going 3-for-5.

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Day 1 Recap 18U Baseball World Championships

SEOUL, South Korea – After the second typhoon rolled through South Korea in about a week raining out the official Day 1 of the 18U Baseball World Championships, the tournament got underway with a full slate of games on Friday.

In Pool A, Australia, USA, and host South Korea all kicked off the tournament with a victory. The victors in Pool B were Canada, Panama, and Chinese Taipei.

Austarlia 7, Colombia 4

Australia held off a 9th inning comeback from Colombia to get ahead in the win column. Leading 7-1 in the 9th, Australian reliever  Jarrod Zahradnik had trouble finding the strike zone. In one inning of work he allowed 2 hits and 3 walks surrendering 3 runs and let Colombia bring the tying run to the plate. However with the help of his defense and a double play, he was able to get out of the inning to preserve the win.

Daniel McGrath picked up the win pitching 5.1 innings allowing just 1 run on 2 hits. Lead off hitter Elliott Hargreaves paced Australia offensively going 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored.

Venezuela 1, South Korea 2

The Venezuela 18U team is trying to carry on the winning tradition as the 15U team just won the World Championships in Mexico. However, they ran into a steamroller in the South Korean pitching staff as they held Venezuela to a single run en route to victory.

The combination of Jae Min Shim, Ju Yeong Song, Su Min Lee, and Hyoung Bae Yoon combined to limit Venezuela to just 1 run on 4 hits.

South Korea got 2 runs in the 3rd inning and held on for the win in the their opener. The Korean offense pounded out 12 hits led by  In Tae Kim who went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

USA 17, Netherlands 0 (7)

The USA pounded out 16 hits en route to a 17-0 blow out of the Dutch 18U National Team.

Christian Arroyo tallied 3 hits on the day driving in 3 runs with a pair of doubles. Jeremy Martinez helped the American offense going 2-for-4 with a double, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored. All 11 American batters that came to the plate got at least 1 hit in the game.

Garrett Williams pitched 5 solid innings allowing 5 hits while striking out 9 to pick up the win for the USA.

Next up for the USA is a highly anticipated game with South Korea.

Italy 0, Panama 2

Panama kicked off the tournament with a shutout of Italy in their opening match. Panama got a great pitching performance from Rigoberto Santamaria who went 7 strong innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 7. Omar Guzman pitched the final 2 innings picking up the save.

Rodrigo Orozco (2-for-3) and Mario Sanjur (2-for-4) each drove in a run to push Panama past Italy.

Japan 5, Canada 6 (10)

Canada needed 9th inning comeback and an extra frame to take down Japan in both teams opening game. It was a see-saw battle that saw Japan take an early 2 run lead only to have Canada score 3 unanswered. Then it was Japan’s turn as they got 3 in the 7th to take a 6-4 lead that they held into the bottom of the 9th, but they couldn’t shut the door.

Canada got a 2-run game tying home run from Jesse Hodges (2-for-3/3 RBI) in the bottom of the 9th that sent the game into extra innings. With runners placed on first and second base due to the international tie breaking rules, Canada immediately sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd. After a strike out, Hodges scored on a wild pitch to win the game.

Canada only managed 6 hits in the game with Hodges the only hitter with more than 1. Tatsuhiro Tamura led the Japanese offense going 3-for-6, driving in a run, and scoring another. Japan managed only 7 hits, all singles.

Logan Seifrit picked up the win with an inning of relief. Canada starter Ryan Kellogg pitched well going 6.2 innings allowing 5 runs but only 2 earned on 6 hits.

Chinese Taipei 6, Czech Republic 0

Chinese Taipei dispatched the Czech Republic in both teams first match. Jung Hung Sen pitched well going 6 scoreless innings allowing 7 hits and striking out 5 to pick up the win. Chih Chieh Su led the offense for Chinese Taipei going 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored. Chia Kai Liu drove in a pair of runs going 2-for-3.

Ivan Aubrecht and Michal Vykoukal both went 2-for-4 for the Czech Republic.

Schedule for Saturday September 1:

Pool A

Venezuela vs Australia

Netherlands vs Colombia

USA vs South Korea

Pool B

Italy vs Canada

Japan vs Chinese Taipei

Panama vs Czech Republic

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

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

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

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

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

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

The coaching staff includes:

Greg Hamilton – Head Coach

Chris Reitsma – Pitching Coach

Hyung Cho – Third Base Coach

Corey Eckstein – First Base Coach

Canada 2012 JNT Roster

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Australia: Roster Announced for 18U World Championships in Seoul

The 2012 IBAF 18U World Championships will be held in Seoul, South Korea starting August 30th.

On Tuesday, the Australian Baseball Federation, after a 6-week academy on the Gold Coast, announced its team roster.

The club includes 12 players who have signed with major league clubs, and the team is coming off its win in the 18U Oceania Championships earlier this year in Guam.

Australia looks to improve on its silver medal finish in the 2010 Tournament in Thunder Bay. They will open the tournament at 6pm on Thursday August 30th against the USA.




Coaching Staff

Head Coach:  Tony Harris

Assistant Coach:   Damian Shanahan

Assistant Coach:  Brent Phelan

Pitching Coach:  Graeme Lloyd

Executive Officer:  Neil Barrowcliff

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Canada: 18U National Team Roster Announced for Spring Training Camp

Press Release Baseball Canada

OTTAWA – Twenty-nine players have been named to the Junior National Team roster that will compete at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida April 12th – April 22nd.

The annual Spring Training Camp will feature daily practices along with seven exhibition contests against MLB extended spring training clubs and one game against Lake Sumter Junior College.

Included on the schedule is a match-up against the extended spring training club of the Toronto Blue Jays on April 17th at the Bobby Mattick Complex in Dunedin, Florida.

“This camp will allow our coaching staff the opportunity to evaluate all players in a highly competitive environment,” says Greg Hamilton, Baseball Canada’s Director of National Teams and Head Coach of the Junior National Team. “The strides taken at this camp will better prepare our team for success going forward and leading to the IBAF 18U World Championship in September.”

Five players will be making the first appearance with the Junior National Team in Orlando as RHP Dylan Brooks (Dorchester, ON), Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, ON), Jake Marks (Brights Grove, ON), Sean Ratcliffe (Ajax, ON) and Mitchell Robinson (Surrey, BC) have been named to the Spring Training roster.

For the players, the training camp will not only offer them the chance to represent their country while improving their skills but will also provide plenty of exposure, as several college and professional scouts will use the training camp as an opportunity for talent evaluation.

The Spring Training Camp is an important step in the process as the JNT prepares for the IBAF 18U World Championship August 30th-September 8th in Seoul, South Korea.

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XXV IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship with 12 Teams

IBAF announces participants for Tournament from August 30 to September 8 in Seoul, Korea

The 12 national teams from the 18 and under category will be gathering in Seoul, Korea for the XXV 18U Baseball World Championship this summer. The tournament will be held in the capital city of Korea from the August 30th to September 8th.

The competing teams will be split into two groups to play the first round. Group A being comprised of Korea, USA, Venezuela, Australia, Colombia and the Netherlands. Group B consists of Japan, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama, Italy and Czech Republic.

The top three teams from each pool will battle each other in the 2nd round and the top-two teams after the second round will play the gold medal game to determine the best nation in the world for the 18U category.

The championship will also highlight the endeavors the world of baseball makes in an attempt to grow young athletes for the next generations and further develop the sport globally, while it serves as a unique opportunity to showcase global prospects for future professional leagues.

The last edition of the IBAF 18U Championship took place in Thunder Bay, Canada in 2010 with Chinese Taipei winning the gold medal and this year’s host nation Korea captured the championship titles in 2006 and 2008.

The game schedule and other relevant information of the championship will also be announced on www.ibaf.org

  • Group A: Korea, USA, Venezuela, Australia, Colombia, Netherlands
  • Group B: Japan, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama, Italy, Czech Republic
Courtesy IBAF.org

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