Samurai U18 manager Mabuchi laments difference in strike zones, ‘That’s the difficulty of international games’ | Full Count

Japan qualify for Super Round with 4 wins, 1 loss and 2nd place

The Japanese national baseball team “Samurai Japan” U-18 suffered their first loss. The ’30th WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup’ was held on the 13th (14th Japan Time) in Sarasota, Florida, USA where they lost to Chinese Taipei 2-9. The team qualified for the Super Round in 2nd place with 4 wins and 1 loss, but manager Shiro Mabuchi looked back on the game saying, “It’s a 7 innings system, and the 4 runs at first are heavy, very heavy.”

In the second inning, starting pitcher Kazuki Kozai (with Kyushu International University) pinched with bases loaded with two outs and left the field. Pitcher Akiya Miyahara (Kaisei), who came to the mound in second place, allowed four runs, including a timely three-base hit that wiped out the runners in right middle. In the 3rd set, he lost 4 points due to missteps, and it became a development that allowed a large lead in the early stages.

Coach Mabuchi said: “I didn’t have enough balls and I didn’t get on well with the referee.” I thought it was better to go for a walk, but when I asked (the player) since , he seemed to be right in the middle.

The racy course was ruled a ball, and as a result, the bases were loaded with two outs, and as a result, Matsuo said, ‘If you don’t make it in the middle, you won’t have a ball to throwing.” That’s the difficulty of an international game. If you’re not a thrower who has power and can feel, you may not be able to place 1st or 2nd.

In the Super Round, the results of the first round will be carried over, but “there is still a possibility (of winning). The difference is only one point. If Taiwan does not win, it will be a tie. It won’t be that easy. I think I can see through some of my weaknesses.

(Full-Count Writing)

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