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Groups Unveiled for the U12 Baseball World Cup


The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the groups for the upcoming U12 Baseball World Cup to take place in Taiwan later this summer. Twelve teams will compete for the title that the US will defend after winning the 2013 edition of the tournament in Taiwan.

The top four nations will compete in the event with the top two, Japan and the USA, competing in the same group for the first stage.

Group A
1. Cuba (World No. 3)
2. Chinese Taipei (No. 4)
3. South Korea (No. 8)
4. Venezuela (No. 10)
5. Brazil (No. 15)
6. Russia (No. 32)

Group B
1. Japan (No. 1)
2. USA (No. 2; Defending U12 World Champions)
3. Mexico (No. 12)
4. Australia (No. 14)
5. Nicaragua (No. 16)
6. France (No. 27)

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Australia: Perth Heat Claim Second Straight Title; Fourth in Five Years


After a thrilling three game series the Perth Heat win its second consecutive ABL Championship. In winning another Claxton Shield, Perth did so in big fashion over the Adelaide Bite.

Adelaide won the first game in the most dramatic fashion. Perth took a 2-0 lead after single runs in the first and fourth, the Bite came back in huge fashion.

Leading off the bottom of the seventh was Stefan Welch. And here is what happened.

With the back-to-back-to-back home runs from Welch, Tom Brice, and Mitch Dening Adelaide took Game 1.

Game 1 Full Box Score

Game 3 was another thriller as Perth won in extra innings for force a final Game 3. Adelaide tied the game up in bottom of the seventh where the score would stay until Perth scored two in the top of the tenth to even the series. Matt Kennelly (1-for-3) and Brian Pointer (1-for-1) hit back-to-back home runs in the third for Perth giving the Heat a 2-1 lead.

Stefan Welch (2-for-4) homered for a second straight day in the first inning giving Adelaide a short lived 1-0 lead. Chris Adamson (1-for-4) homered to lead off the seventh.

With the score tied and one on in the top of the tenth, Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch putting two runners on for Allan de San Miguel (1-for-5) who doubled in both Tosoni and Luke Hughes.

Game 2 Full Box Score

The Perth Heat jumped out on top of Adelaide in Game 3 by scoring two runs in the first and four more in the second. That was all they would need in a 12-5 win to claim their second straight Claxton Shield.

Tim Kennelly (2-for-6), Tim Smith (2-for-4), and Luke Hughes (3-for-6) all homered for Perth in the win. Both Kennelly and Hughes drove in three runs in the win. Mike McCarthy picked up the win in relief going 3.1 scoreless innings while striking out seven.

Mitch Dening had a huge day at the plate for the Bite. He went 4-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs and scored three runs. Craig Maddox (2-for-4) also homered hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Wilson Lee only lasted 1.2 innings taking the loss for the Bite giving up five runs on four hits.

This was Perth’s fourth title in the five year existence of the newly formed ABL.

Photo Courtesy ABL/Perth Heat

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Australia: Grant Balfour to be Inducted into Hall of Fame


Baseball Australia has announced that Grant Balfour will be inducted into the Australia Baseball Hall of Fame.

Balfour has spent ten years in the major leagues with four different teams most notably the Oakland A’s where he racked up 38 saves in 2013. He will be inducted under the category of Outstanding International Career, and his induction is being moved up due to special circumstances.

To read more about his induction, Trish Quayle wrote a nice article for Baseball Australia that you can read by clicking here.

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Australia: Perth Back in Championship Series to face Adelaide


The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat blew by the Sydney Blue Sox on Saturday by a score of 9-2 to win the 2015 ABL Preliminary Final series advancing to the championship series for the fifth year. The Heat swept the series 2-0 after winning 5-4 Friday night.

Warwick Saupold pitched well for Perth going 4.1 innings allowing no runs on five hits while striking out seven. He did not pitch enough to pick up the win but he led the way. Scott Mitchinson picked up the win in relief giving up two runs in 1.2 innings of work. Daniel Schmidt, Ben Shorto, and Mike McCarthy finished off the game all going a scoreless inning.

Offensively Luke Hughes scored twice, Tim Smith went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI, and Rene Tosoni led the way with three hits driving in a pair.

The series win sets up a Perth Heat versus Adelaide Bite championship series set to start February 6. The series will take place at Norwood Oval in Adelaide after the Bite became just the second team in league history to win 30 or more games during the regular season finishing up at 32-16.

The two teams split their first series against one another way back in November in Adelaide. They faced off again in January with Perth winning three of four finishing the season series with a 5-3 record against Adelaide.

The Championship Series will be carried live on ESPN Australia/NZ and worldwide on MLB Network and Fox Sports Asia.

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Australia: Adelaide Leading League Standings


Halfway through Week 11 of the Australian Baseball League season the Adelaide Bite have a strong five game lead over the Perth Heat. These two teams are facing each other this weekend in Perth with the Heat taking the first two games so far.

There is only two more weeks left after this weekend in the schedule before the playoffs start. The good thing for Adelaide is they finish the final two weeks with two series against the last place Melbourne Aces. The rest of the league is fighting for playoff positioning. Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, and Sydney are all within two games of each other.

Aaron Miller is having a great season for Adelaide. He leads the league in several offensive categories including average (.389), hits (56), total bases (101), runs (37), on base (.444), slugging (.701), and is second in home runs (12). Another player having a nice season is former MLB outfielder Trent Oeltjen who is hitting .309 with 6 home runs, and 29 RBI for the Sydney Blue Sox.

On the hill, Tim Atherton is having a great season for Canberra. Through ten starts he is 6-0 with an ERA of just 2.21. For Adelaide Morgan Coombs is having a nice season on the mound. Through eleven games (nine starts) he is 6-1 with a 2.32 ERA and has one save.

Current ABL Standings:

1. Adelaide Bite 25-13
2. Perth Heat 20-18
3. Brisbane Bandits 19-19
4. Canberra Cavalry 19-19
5. Sydney Blue Sox 18-20
6. Melbourne Aces 13-25

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Australia: Justin Huber Announces Retirement and Last Game


Justin Huber has decided to call it quits on the playing field. In an email sent to Melbourne Ace members, the 14-year professional stressed the importance of telling the Aces most loyal fans. He announced that his last game on the field will be Saturday January 24th.

Huber has played five seasons in the ABL hitting a total of 21 home runs over that time and helped the Aces make the 2011-2012 ABL Championship Series. Along with playing in his home country, Huber played in the two highest professional leagues playing in the MLB for parts of every season from 2005-2009 before leaving for Japan and the NPB in 2010.

So far this season in the ABL Huber is hitting .289 with 2 home runs. Huber’s best season in the ABL came in the 2011-2012 campaign when he hit .348 with 6 home runs and 26 RBI.

Huber is not done with baseball altogether. He will take over as the Melbourne Aces general manager, a role that has been vacant since Windsor Knox stepped down before the season.

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Australia: A Fan’s Trip to See Every ABL Stadium


I am a huge fan of road trips. When you add in sports it makes it even better. A lifelong dream of mine is to visit every MLB stadium in a summer. A few years back I got to go to every KBO stadium in a season (they have since added a new one and another is on the way). I am not sure how I ran across the story (I think it was the BallparkChasers Facebook page), but it is one I am definitely following.

Kirsten Richards is a native Australian who is embarking on a huge road trip across the great nation to visit all of the Australian Baseball League teams. It’s a good 3,300 mile trip (5,300 km) and remember it is summer there too so its not like she is traveling in cool fall weather.

I’m a bit jealous. After the ABL was reborn a few years ago I have been wanting to get down there and see a game, or two, or three, or six. I don’t know why but I’ve found myself following the Sydney Blue Sox (mainly because of their pitching) but they have yet to win a title. The league intrigues me and I have often listened and watched via the internet.

If you want to follow along with her trip (its in its early stages) check out her blog at Wishing for Boston. She just posted about the first game she saw recently and has been posting about the other sites she is seeing across Australia.

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Australia: Brisbane Leads League Early in ABL Season


Through the first five weeks of the Australian Baseball League season, the Brisbane Bandits are leading the league with a 12-8 record. The Adelaide Bite are just a half game back at 10-7 with Sydney being the only other team with a winning record at 11-9.

Some of the hottest hitters so far early in the season are Craig Maddox who leads the league in hitting at a .425 clip. The Bite catcher is second in the league in doubles with seven while leading the league in both on base percentage (.511) and OPS at 1.336. Mitch Denning has found his power swing in Adelaide as well hitting seven home runs to tie for the early lead in the league. This matches his total for the past three seasons in the ABL (0, 5, and 2). Denning is tied with Kellin Deglan. This is Deglan’s first year in the league. Canberra’s Jack Murphy is also having a good season early on hitting .411 (2nd in the league).

On the pitching side of things Tim Atherton is back with Canberra and having a great season so far. Already 4-0, Atherton is leading the league in ERA at a 1.23 clip through twenty-two innings. Sydney’s Markus Solbach has also been strong on the mound. After a lackluster shortened season with Melbourne a year ago, Solbach has positioned himself as one of the top starters in the league. Through 34.1 innings, Solbach is 4-0 with a 2.36 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.

Australian Baseball League Standings:

1. Brisbane Bandits 12-8
2. Adelaide Bite 10-7
3. Sydney Blue Sox 11-9
4. Canberra Cavalry 8-9
5. Perth Heat 8-9
6. Melbourne Aces 5-12

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Australia Releases Final Roster to Face Diamondbacks and Dodgers


Baseball Australia has announced the final roster for the team that will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 20 and March 21. The team, newly named Southern Thunder, is led by MLB pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith (Arizona Diamondbacks) and former MLB outfielder Trent Oeltjen (Sydney Blue Sox).

Joining Oeltjen in the lineup will be power hitting Stefan Welch (Boston Red Sox) and Mike Walker (Milwaukee Brewers). The team features several other players with MLB experience including Luke Hughes and Justin Huber.

The Southern Thunder will take on the Dodgers on Thursday March 20th before taking on the Diamondbacks on Friday March 21st.

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Baseball Australia Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees


There will be three new inductees into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Baseball Australia Hall of Fame started in 2005 and recognizes players and coaches who have had an impact on the game of baseball at the highest level. The inductees must be of good character and have never brought the game into disrepute.

The Hall has seven eras of classification starting with Pre 1900. It continues with 1900 to 1918, 1919 to 1946 (start of American influence and the Claxton Shield), 1947 to 1967 (post war), 1968 to 1988 (Asia influence), 1989 to 1999 (first ABL), and 2000 to the present.

2014 Baseball Australia Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Phil Alexander, South Australia.  Category:  Playing 1968 – 1988
  • Kaye Greenham, Western Australia.  Category:  Playing 1947 – 1967
  • Brendan Kingman, New South Wales.  Category: Playing 1989 – 1999 & 2000 onwards

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Australia: ABL to Hold First Supplemental Draft


The Australian Baseball League holds its first supplemental draft for the 2013/14 season on Thursday. The six clubs will have a pool of players from Australia, the US, and other places to choose from.

The new season begins on Thursday October 31st as the Canberra Cavalry start the defense of their title against the Melbourne Aces.

For more information visit TheABL.com where you can read Tyle Maun’s article detailing the draft.

2012/13 Australian Baseball League Standings:

1. *Canberra Cavalry 27-19
2. Sydney Blue Sox 26-19
3. Perth Heat 25-21
4. Brisbane Bandits 23-22
5. Adelaide Bite 21-25
6. Melbourne Aces 15-31

*Won ABL Title after defeating the Perth Heat in the championship

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Texas Rangers to Hold Fundraiser for Christopher Lane Memorial Fund


Nearly a month has passed since the tragic death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane was maliciously murdered by “bored” teens.

There have been numerous benefits set up to honor the teen who was playing college ball in Oklahoma. And now another is being set up by the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and the Wives Club are going to hold a special fundraiser during a game with the Angels on September 28th. Part of the proceeds will go toward the Christopher Lane Memorial Fund.

The fund was set up by friends and the Essendon Baseball Club of Australia to help pay for funeral and travel costs to repatriate Christopher. However, the fund raised over $150,000 and will now create an ongoing legacy using the raised funds.

During the Rangers fundraiser fans will be able to purchase grab bags for $50, $100, or $200 that will contain autographed items from Rangers players. In addition to the grab bags, a silent auction is being set up for autographed jerseys of Australian born players Travis Blackley and the A’s Grant Balfour.

For more information you can visit TexasRangers.com.

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Memorial Fund for Slain Australian Baseball Player Chris Lane Set Up


Recently we wrote about an Australian baseball player shot at random , Chris Lane, by three teens in a small town in Oklahoma.

Lane, a 22-year old student, was here in the USA to earn his college degree and play baseball. He was in Duncan, Oklahoma visiting his girlfriend and her family before returning to school to start the new semester when he was shot at random by three teenagers.

It was first reported that the three teenagers did it because they were bored. There is another story coming out speculating that it might have been a gang initiation for the three teens who will now be tried in an adult court. It is still not clear why they decided to shot Lee in the back while he was jogging.

A friend of the family set up a fund to help support the parents travel to the US to bring their son home. The goal of that fund already has been overwhelmingly surpassed. The fund now sits at $130,000 and had an original goal of just $15,000.

The story has obviously touched the heart of so many and the support has been great even though I’d love to see more in the media.

You can also donate to the cause. The money will go toward paying for funeral expenses with all leftover money put into a foundation that will make donations to organizations in need. You can find the donation page below. Every little bit helps and will go to those in need.

Chris Lane was only chasing his dream of playing baseball and getting his college degree. Now we can only hope that this story and the foundation that is created will help others make the correct decision and chase their dreams.

A reminder too that the Essendon Baseball Club is also holding a memorial game this Sunday. As well, Australian baseball player Glenn Williams and Baseball NSW have set up an online auction to raise funds as well to be donated to the Chris Lane memorial fund. Items include signed hats and baseballs and are being auctioned off on eBay (Australia) for the next 10 days. Links to the items are below.

Johan Santana Signed Hat

David Nilsson Signed Ball

Graeme Lloyd Signed Ball

Justin Huber Signed Ball

Glenn Williams Signed Ball

Glenn Williams Signed Helmet

Hideki Okajima Signed Glove

If you can, please donate to the Chris Lane Memorial Fund. All money will go toward paying for the funeral expenses and anything over those cost will be donated to charity in his name. Every little bit helps.

Chris Lane Memorial Fund Donation Page

 Photo by Reuters

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Australian Baseball Player Chris Lane Killed by “Bored” Teens


In what was a senseless and uncalled for incident, three young men shot and killed Australian baseball player Chris Lane. Lane was just 22.

Lane was in Duncan, Oklahoma last Friday afternoon visiting his girlfriend and her family. He was out for a run on the streets of Duncan when he passed a house with three boys sitting on the porch. The boys then decided Lane would be their target and followed him in a car in order to shot him.

Why did they do it? They said they were bored.

The kids, and I do mean kids as the oldest was only 17, were in what was called a “wanna be gang”. Earlier they had killed an animal and stepped up their murder to people when they saw Lane jogging by.

Lane, a student from Melbourne, was attending college in the US on a scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Lane was entering his senior year at the university where he started at catcher for 14 games last season.

Lane’s former club team in Australia is holding a memorial game this Sunday August 25th.

For more information on the Chris Lane Memorial Game or if you would like to donate to the Christopher Lane Memorial Fund, please visit the Essendon Baseball Club Website.

Photo: Essendon Baseball Club

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Melbourne Aces Second Baseman Goes Bowling with Baseballs; Picks Up 7-10 Split


Melbourne Aces second baseman Scott Wearne bowls with baseballs. He didn’t pick up a strike,but he did something even more impressive. He picked up a 7-10 split with two balls in one throw. Real or fake? Either way its a pretty impressive video.

I’ll let you be the judge and please comment below and let us know what you think.

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Australia: Brisbane Bandits Move to Holloway Field for Upcoming Season


The Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League are moving to a new home for the 2013/2014 season. They will now call Holloway Field home after spending the first three years at RNA Showgrounds.

Holloway Field offers many upgrades for Bandits fans. They will now be closer to the action, have better catering options, and the location might be the best part. Fans will now be able to easily access the stadium via car, train, bicycle, bus, or even on foot.

Plus Holloway Field is historic in Queensland, Australia. Over the years the field has seen Claxton Shield contests and gives the team a baseball only facility.

The field opened in 1964 and has long been the home to the Windsor Royals Sports Club. It was refurbished in 1982 and again in 1986.

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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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Major League Baseball Opens 2014 Season in Sydney, Australia


For the first time in MLB history, the season will open up in Australia come 2014 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks open the season in Sydney.

The two-game series will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22-23.

Both teams will open the doors to their training schedule as they will be in Australia for six days but play only two games.

This is a huge deal for Australia where baseball is slowly growing. There have been 31 Australian Major Leaguers over the years, and one currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Peter Moylan.

The Australian Baseball League was reborn during the 2010-2011 season. The league consists of six teams spread out around the country with one in Sydney.

The Major League games will take place after the 2013-2014 ABL season which runs from November to February. This will only hope to keep the baseball game growing both helping the ABL and the Australian National Team.

What it is guaranteed to help is the economy in Sydney. Bringing in money and improvements to the Sydney Cricket Ground which will be renovated to meed Major League standings prior to the opening series.

The games will also take place during the 100th anniversary of an exhibition game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants that took place at the same venue.

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Baseball and Softball South Australia Receives $2 Million Grant


Baseball and softball in South Australia secured a grant of $2 million to use toward facility development.

The grant will help with the expansion and refurbishment of the Softball SA West Beach facility. Baseball South Australia will work with the Australian Baseball League and the Adelaide Bite to help provide a facility that can meet the needs of using the facility for professional games.

Complete Press Release from the Australian Baseball Federation

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WBC: Netherlands Eliminate Australia Behind Strong Outing from Cordemans


Cordemans Helps Orange Eliminate Australia

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Robbie Cordemans hurled five shutout innings for the Netherlands and Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in a 4-1 victory over Australia. The Dutch team all but bought their ticket to second round action in Tokyo with the victory, while the Aussies were relegated to the qualifying rounds.

The Dutch offence would give Cordemans the early cushion and their starter would make it hold. Andrelton Simmons led off the first with a booming double into the left field corner and was bunted to third by Schoop. Roger Bernadina rapped a single up the middle to drive him in, and the Netherlands were up by one.

An inning later, Curt Smith started things going for the Netherlands with a safety to left centre. Dashenko Ricardo laid down a bunt to move him over, but beat it out, advancing to second on a wild throw by Australian starter Dushan Ruzic. Simmons would drive Smith home on a grounder, but the Dutch were not finished.

Schoop took a 2-0 pitch from Ruzic and deposited it over the left centre field fence for a 4-0 lead, which was more than Cordemans would need. The blast would force Ruzic from the game after he got Bernadina for the third out.

With the Orange offence in charge, Cordemans kept the pressing Australian hitters off-balance for five complete innings. Using a deceptive changeup, the right-hander allowed only one baserunner to make it to third and gave up two hits while sending three down swinging. He struck out two of the last three hitters he faced, using only 67 pitches.

After Ruzic exited, Australian manager Jon Deeble inserted game one starter Chis Oxspring in relief of Ruzic. Oxspring was just what the Baseballroos needed to keep the win within sight. The southpaw battled through his first two innings before settling down, showing his veteran experience in the third and fourth.

With the Dutch eager to blow open the game, they loaded the bases with one out in Oxspring’s first frame, starting with a double by Wladimir Balentien. After struggling with his control to the first four batters, the Aussie pitcher induced a double play grounder to third to end the frame.

In the fourth, Oxspring had difficulty finding the strike zone to the leadoff hitter Randolph Oduber, losing him on a walk and bobbling a sacrifice bunt by Simmons to put runners on first and second with no outs. But first baseman Mike Walker made a good play on another Schoop bunt and got the lead runner at third. Oxspring then took over, striking out Bernadina looking and getting Balentien, the cleanup hitter, on a foul pop fly to get out of the jam.

Oxspring pitched five frames out of the ‘pen, retiring seven in-a-row at one point, starting the run with another double play. He walked four, but only surrendered a single hit, leaving after the seventh inning.

The green-and-yellow had their best chance to draw the game even in the seventh. David Bergman, like Cordemans an ace in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse (the top league in the Netherlands), gave up a leadoff double to Welch, who blasted the seventh pitch of the at bat into the right field corner. Bergman got the next two outs before giving way to Jonathan Balentina, who hit pinch hitter Corey Adamson with his only pitch.

Top Orange reliever Leon Boyd game in to get the Netherlands out of the predicament, but gave up a RBI single to Brad Harman. It was the Aussie second baseman’s first hit of the tournament. Boyd got out of the inning by striking out former major leaguer Chris Snelling.

Xander Bogaerts had his first-ever international hit, a double, to lead off the eighth. Andrew Russell, who came in for Oxspring, stranded him on three straight ground balls, and Australia had one final chance.

Dutch closer Loek Van Mil came in to finish off things, but gave up back-to-back one out hits to Walker and Adamson. Harman almost stole player-of-the-game honours from Cordemans with a blast off the 7-foot-1 hurler, but the long fly ball landed in the glove of Oduber in left field.

A palpable sigh of relief settled across the diamond, and Van Mil struck out the final hitter of the inning to earn the save and all but assure that the Netherlands will be joining Japan and Cuba in the second round of the Classic.

Cordemans ran his WBC shutout streak to 11 2/3 innings and earned his first-ever victory in the tourney. Bergman got five outs, giving up a run on two hits with no strikeouts and Boyd tossed 1 1/3, allowing two safeties and a base on balls. Van Mil closed things out with the scoreless ninth. Ruzic took the loss for the green-and-yellow.

Eight different players had a single hit for the Netherlands, which collected four extra base hits. The Orange struck out only once against Aussie pitching. Simmons had his third double and scored a run and Andruw Jones raised his average to .429, reaching base twice.

Walker was the only batter with two hits for Australia. He batted .455 in the tournament, one of few bright spots for a listless Aussie offence. For the third-straight game, the Australians could not get anything going from their bats, stranding eight batters in scoring position. The team was 1-for-8 with runners on second or third.

China fails to advance to the second round, but will avoid the WBC qualifying rounds. Australia will have a long road back to the Classic as it will enter the qualifiers for the first time. Stay tuned for more previews, recaps, and analysis of the 2013 Classic and the round to the 2017 WBC.

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WBC: Australia vs the Netherlands Pitching Match Up


This is the last game for both teams and a huge one for the Netherlands. If they lose, they could be out of the second round. However, with a win they might advance depending on the other game of the day.

So let’s take a look at who each team will send to the hill to start.

Australia

Dushan Ruzic will get the start today for Team Australia. The right-hander was originally signed by the Florida Marlins in 2005. He got as high as Double-A with the Cincinnati Reds organization before moving on to pitch in Europe.

Ruzic has some experience with the Netherlands having pitched in the Dutch Major League from 2008-2010. He has also pitched internationally in Italy and this past off season in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Bite where he went 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 73.2 innings.

He pitched in relief in Game 1 coming in to pitch 1.1 innings against Chinese Taipei. He allowed just one hit and one walk during that time.

Netherlands

Rob Cordemans will get the start for the Dutch. The right-handed starter has been one of the top pitchers in the Dutch Major League for years. He has been named the top pitcher of the league seven times.

In 2012, he pitched for the Amsterdam Pirates and was named MVP after posting a 10-1 record with an ERA of just 0.22 over 80.2 innings of work.

Cordemans has extensive international experience having participated in four Olympics, seven World Cups, and the past two World Baseball Classics. He has pitched 9.1 innings over four games (one start) at the WBC and allowed just two runs on six hits.

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WBC: Korea Shuts Out Australia to Keep Hopes Alive for Second Round


Song Delivers as Korea Shuts Out Australia

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Korea scored three runs in the first inning against Australia and Seung Song made the advantage stand up in a 6-0 victory over punchless Australia. The Blue Bogy was much more effective on defence and received the timely hits they were missing against the Netherlands two days prior.

Song utilised a filthy splitter to keep the Baseballroos swinging on pitches out of the zone, striking out five and scattering four baserunners in four innings. He retired six in-a-row late in his outing.

The Korean lineup gave him a 3-0 advantage before he ever took the mound as the first seven batters of the inning reached base. Seung-Yeop Lee ripped a double in the inning and Hyun-Soo Kim had a two-run single against Ryan Searle, who walked two and hit one in the frame.

Korea was back at it again in the second. Yong-Kyu Lee started things off with a single to left and came around on another two-bagger by Lee. Searle got out of the inning, but the four-run advantage was too much for an Australian offence that failed to put a rally in motion throughout the game.

Searle struggled through three innings before giving way to Steven Kent, who pitched two strong innings. The left-hander gave up only one hit to Dae-Ho Lee, erasing the slugger on a double play. He struck out one.

Australia had its best chance in the fifth inning. Tim Kennelly worked a seven-pitch at bat for a double, but Allan de San Miguel struck out after working a 3-0 count. James Beresford then blooped a hit to left centre, but Kennelly could not advance and reliever Hee-Soo Park got Mitch Dening to fly out to right and then struck out No. 3 hitter Luke Hughes.

Clayton Tanner put the blue-and-white away in the sixth, but Kyung-Eun Noh struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the bottom of the frame to prevent Australia from lessening the deficit.

Korea added another run in the seventh. Yong-Kyu Lee had his second hit to start things off, with Keun-Woo Jeong replacing him on a fielder’s choice. Dae-Ho Lee singled the run home and the Blue Bogy grabbed a 5-0 lead.

Australia’s struggles continued against Korea’s reliever in the seventh, despite a Kennelly leadoff hit. Noh and Tae-Hyon Chong teamed up to retire the final three batters.

Korea loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the eighth, and Jeong crushed a pitch to left field, but the wind blew it down and Australia escaped with no further damage.

The Aussies had their only other real opportunity in the bottom of the inning after Stefan Welch blooped a ball that landed in shallow left centre. Yong-Kyu Lee made a last-second attempt after Hi-Hyon Son pulled away at the last minute. Welch advanced to third on a ground ball, but Seung Lak-Son would retire Mike Walker, who had two hits on the day, to end the threat. It was the only time Australia had a runner reach third.

Korea struck a final time in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith, who spent several years in the Seattle Mariners’ rotation. Seung-Yeop Lee led off with a safety and advanced to second on a single by Dae-Ho Lee, later scoring on a grounder by Jeong Choi. James Beresford made a nice play for the out, backing up a diving Welch at third and catching the ball after it tipped of Welch’s glove and nailing Choi by a step.

Son finished off the shutout by striking out two batters in the ninth. Park got four outs, two by strikeout and Noh struck out two-of-five batters in relief. Chong and Son finished off the game. Korean hurlers whiffed 12 batters and were backed up flawlessly by a defence which had committed four errors against the Netherlands.

Korea was 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position after going hitless against the Netherlands in the same situation. Australia was 1-for-11 in their attempts to drive men home from second or third.

Seung-Yeop Lee and Dae-Ho Lee both had three hits and a RBI. Yong-Kyu Lee reached base four times, twice on hits. Ah-Seop Son reached base in all four plate appearances.

Seven hurlers toed the rubber for Australia. Searle gave up four runs on four hits and two walks, striking out two. Kent was easily the most effective reliever, though Tanner (1 IP), Brad Thomas (1/3 IP), and Matthew Williams (2/3 IP) did not allow a run. Kennelly reached base in all three plate appearances and joined Walker with a brace of hits.

Barring a surprising turn of events, Australia will be eliminated from the Classic and will have to win their final match to avoid relegation to the qualifiers. The Aussies will take on the Netherlands in their final contest on only 18 hours rest. First pitch is at 4:30 a.m. GMT on Mar. 5. Korea will face Chinese Taipei, who is undefeated in Pool B action. The showdown between the Asian arch-rivals is set for 11:30 a.m. on Mar. 5.

Stay tuned for more news, reviews, and analysis.

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WBC: Australia vs Korea Pitching Match Up


With both Korea and Australia losing their opening games, this match proves to be very important for both teams if they want to keep their chances alive of advancing to the next round. So with a short time to go before first pitch, let’s take a look at the starters.

Korea

Seung-Jun Song will get the nod for Korea. He pitched for eight years in the US minor leagues after being signed initially by the Boston Red Sox. He advanced as far as Triple-A in both the Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants organizations before returning to pitch in Korea.

In 2012, he pitched for the Lotte Giants posting a 7-11 record with an ERA of 3.31 in 28 games. It was his first year in the KBO to not win 10 or more games after doing so from 2008-2011.

His international experience consists of being apart of the 2008 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Beijing.

Australia

Going tonight for Australia will be Ryan Searle. Signed by the Chicago Cubs, Searle has pitched in their minor league organization since 2008.

Searle spent most of the 2012 season with Single-A Daytona, but did make appearances in Double-A and Triple-A during 2012. He pitched in a 42 games across the different leagues in 2012 going a combined 8-5 with a 3.87 ERA.

His international experience includes a win over Canada at the 2011 World Cup where he pitched 7.1 shutout innings.

Tonight is a must win for both clubs, so don’t be surprised if a lot of pitchers are used.

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WBC: Chinese Taipei Opens Tournament with Win Over Australia


Chinese Taipei Cruises to Opening Round Victory in WBC

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Chinese Taipei continued where it left off in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round, combining a persistent offence with stellar pitching to beat 10th-ranked Australia 4-1. Former New York Yankees’ superstar Chien-Ming Wang was dominant in the 2013 WBC opener, tossing six shutout innings for the victory in Taichung.

Chinese Taipei, rated fifth in the world, opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Dai-Kang Yang, added to the roster before the tournament’s main draw, stroked a single to left to lead things off for Chinese Taipei. After a brilliant sacrifice bunt by Che-Hsuan Lin, Cheng-Min Peng stroked a single to right to plate the first run of the game.

Australia’s Chris Oxspring would settle down after Peng’s hit, catching Chih-Sheng Lin looking on strikes and inducing a grounder to get out of the frame.

Neither side would score in the second, but Chinese Taipei would strike for two more in the third. Che-Hsuan singled to start the rally, and Peng walked to put two runners on base. Chih-Sheng Lin followed by blasting a double down the left field line that bounced out for a ground rule double and score Lin. Szu-Chi Chou knocked in Chinese Taipei’s third run with a grounder to first.

Oxspring lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, whiffing one.

Chinese Taipei made the score 4-0 in the fifth, as Peng led off with a line drive home run just inside the right field foul pole.

Wang, meanwhile, needed only 61 pitches to retire Australia through six innings. The veteran right-hander allowed only four hits, using his trademark sinker to erase three on double plays. He walked none and struck out two. He left just before hitting the 65-pitch limit imposed on the first round of play.

Stefan Welch put Australia on the board in the seventh with a home run off the top of the fence in right center field off reliever Yao-Hsun Yang. The dinger ended a streak of 30 2/3 scoreless innings by Chinese Taipei pitchers in WBC play.

Both team’s bullpens took over in the late innings, with a leadoff double by Che-Hsuan Lin in the seventh the closest either could come to a rally.

Hung-Chih Kuo and Hung-Wen Chen finished the game off for Chinese Taipei, which was backed by a raucous crowd in Taichung’s Intercontinental Stadium. Chen looked particularly filthy, locating a mid-90s fastball and vicious curve to earn the save. He struck out one in the final frame.

Australian manager Jon Deeble used seven pitchers in the loss, all of whom will be available again in the opening round. Brendan Wise was the most effective, striking out one and allowing a pair of safeties in two innings.

Lin and Peng were the hit leaders with two, and Peng reached base in 3-of-4 plate appearances. Neither team committed an error.

The victory was Chinese Taipei’s second in six attempts in the Classic, while the Basebalroos dropped to 1-6. The hosts will take on the Netherlands on Mar. 3 at 6:30 a.m. GMT, while Australia next takes the field against Korea on Mar. 4 at 10:30 a.m. GMT.

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