Japan has a high school tournament called Koshien. They do it in the spring and summer. Most of the games see 40,000 plus to watch high school players compete for the championship. Perhaps it has more of a tradition, but not many in Japan have shown a big interest in the 18 and under international championships. This is an age equivalent of Koshien. The Japanese team is composed of the best high school players who participated in Koshien. Yet, only 5,500 showed up to watch Japan shut out the defending champions, the United States.
Japan 3 United States 0
Sena Sato pitched six games at the Koshien tournament between August 8 to August 20 throwing 680 pitches. In his last game he got smacked around for 9 runs to raise his ERA to 2.36. The eight days or so of rest seemed to have done him good. He went nine innings against the United States team, allowing only five hits, striking out nine and walking three. The United States loaded the bases in the fifth with one out but Sato was able to get a double play grounder to end the inning. Rui Okoye was again the hitting star from the leadoff spot with two hits and one run driven in. Japan scored all three of their runs in the fifth, Okoye driving in one run with an infield single and later scoring on a throwing error. United States pitcher Jordan Butler was virtually unhittable, striking out seven hitters in three plus innings of shutout relief.
Cuba 7 South Africa 0
Robert continued with the big bat for Cuba collecting two hits and three RBIs, driving in two runs with a triple and another with a single. Oscar Colas limited the South Africans to five hits in his six innings of work, striking out 10. Three pitchers relieved him, each striking out two in a hitless inning of relief.
Mexico 8 Czech Republic 4
The Czechs continued to play sloppy defense, committing two errors that opened the gates for Mexico to score five unearned runs. Villafranca drove in two runs in the inning with a double. He later added a two run homer in the seventh. Mexico got three innings of shutout one hit relief from Gerardo Bojorquez.
South Korea 6 Canada 2
After upsetting Taiwan yesterday Canada could not repeat the feat against the second Asian tiger, the scores being reversed. W. Choi banged out three of the Koreans 12 hits and stole five bases to lead the offense. He scored two runs and drove in two. Josh Naylor drove in both runs for Canada with a solo homer and a ground out. Chung-yeon Choi worked seven plus innings and only allowed the solo shot to Naylor to get the win.
Taiwan 11 Italy 1
Taiwan rebounded from their loss to Canada yesterday with a pasting of the Italian team. Sh Chiang drove in four runs, including getting the big two run double that gave Taiwan a 2-1 lead after two. He added another two run double in the six run fourth that broke the game wide open. H. Chen drove in three runs in the inning with a bases clearing double. Wen-Chi Yeh got the win working the first five innings of a seven inning game.
Australia 11 Brazil 1
Australia remained undefeated with their rocking of Brazil. Tristan King bashed two homeruns to drive in six runs to be the one man wrecking crew for Australia. He hit three run homeruns in the third and the seventh to lead the offense. Alexander Wells worked six of the nine innings to get the win.
The two big games tomorrow include Cuba versus South Korea and Japan against Australia to see who will remain undefeated in their respective pools. To follow the scores click on the link below.