September 4, 2022
On September 4, the last match of the Super Round of the “5th WBSC U-15 World Cup” (till September 5/Hermosillo, Mexico) was held, and the Samurai Japan U-15 national team faced Porto. Rico in a ninth game. .1 to win. Decided to move on to ranking.
Kosuke Hotta (Hiroshima Hatsukaichi Boys), who was assigned the starting pitcher, allowed a hit to the first batter in the first inning, but he scored the second and scored no runs. In the second inning, he stole two strikeouts, creating flow to the offense by preventing all three players from retreating.
In the first inning, the batting line was taken out by three out, but in the second inning, Kanta Kanemoto (Seki Medi Baseball Academy Young) reached base with a hit. Kenta Hatanaka’s (Sumiyoshi Boys) sacrifice hit invited a bad pitch from third, and Kanemoto survived from first base to home. Hatanaka also reached 3rd base and continued to have no-out chances at 3rd base. Following this, Ryusa Tsuji (Shiga Yasu Boys) heads for base and sacrifices himself to move to second base. 3 to 0 and widen the gap.
However, in the third inning, when the lead hitter for that inning was swung out and a pitching error advanced to second base, the pitcher was changed from Hotta to Teruha Takahashi (Higashinerima Little Senior). After striking out the first batter, Balk widens the pinch with an out and a third base. 2 dead, but 1 point returned for a wild throw.
However, behind that, Riku Tsuchiya (Kasukabe Boys) created a chance with a hit and a stolen base with one out and second base. On the next Tsuji grounder, Hatanaka aims for the house and hits, but Tsuji, who stays at first base, steals and throws wildly to extend his chances at third base with two outs. Here, Shoto Ebina (Aomori Yamada Little Senior) hits a well-timed right shot to score an extra point.
In the 5th inning, Tsuji doubled and bases loaded with an out, and Takahashi pushed and walked for the 6th run. With the bases still loaded, Ima Kikuchi (Aomori Yamada Little Senior) scored two in time to make it 8-1.
In the 6th inning, back-to-back hits by Kanemoto and Hatanaka were implicated in errors, and they scored the 9th run and pushed the wrong one.
Takahashi, who relieved in the middle of the 3rd inning, sometimes saw a scene where the control of the ball was disturbed, but in the 5th inning, 2 touches and 4 touches on balls gave good clearing without points.
Japan did not miss the opponent’s mistake, such as 5 crazy throws, and scored many points. With a clear win, the Super Round final round ended, and after finishing the Super Round with 3 wins and 2 losses, they qualified for the ladder match on the final day of the tournament.
5th WBSC U-15 World Cup
Contest Summary Participants
August 26 to September 4, 2022
Sunday, August 28 11:30 a.m. Japan 4-0 Panama
Monday, August 29 11:30 a.m. Japan 10-0 France
Wednesday, August 31 11:30 a.m. Colombia 4-7 Japan
Thursday, September 1 11:30 a.m. Japan 12-6 United States
Friday, September 2 11:30 a.m. Japan 4-6 Chinese Taipei
Saturday, September 3 11:30 a.m. Japan 0-7 Cuba
Sunday, September 4 7:00 a.m. Japan 9-1 Puerto Rico
3rd place game
Monday, September 5 3:00 Chinese Taipei 7-0 Japan
* The start time is Japan time (Mexico: time difference -16 hours)
Participating countries and regions
Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Czech Republic
Panama, Japan, Colombia, France
United States, South Africa, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Guam
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