Avenge South Korea and finish in 3rd place for the first time in two tournaments Complete the final game with ideal throwing and striking development | U-18 | Match report

match report

September 19, 2022

On September 18 (19 Japan time), the 3rd place game of the “30th WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup” held in Florida, USA was held. Samurai Japan’s U-18 national team defeated South Korea 6-2 to finish in 3rd place for the first time in two tournaments since the 28th tournament in 2017.

Their opponent was South Korea, who lost 0-8 in the first game of the Super Round, but they took the lead in the first game. Yoshinobu Kuroda (Kyushu International Univ.) of opposing starting pitcher, left-hander Hwang Jun-seo, moves to the front of left field, and Shion Matsuo (Toin Osaka) also moves to right field to create opportunities with first and third base. Number 4 Yuta Utsumi (Koryo), who performed well in the second half of the tournament, carried the ball past the center to score a valuable first goal.

Behind this, Japan’s great defensive power is demonstrated. Starting pitcher Ayuta Ikumori (Konan) walks both forwards and even allows a bunt to lead to a pinch with one out and a second and third base. However, shortstop Mitsuhiro Hodaka (Riseisha) and third baseman Kaito Ito (Osaka Toin) made great plays in quick succession to overcome the pinch.
When I got into the groove with that, Ito came on base with a hit in front of left field from right-handed side thrower Kim Jong-un, who started in the previous game, and Yuta Ebine (Tenri) didn’t failed to bunt (Osaka Toin) shoots in front of the right to create a chance.
Here, South Korea presented Kim So-hyun, who has the fastest speed of 163 kg. However, on that day ball control was not fixed and both players were sent off with back-to-back walks. Also, Matsuo hits left field with two timely goals. Utsumi also chose the walk, and South Korea sent Yun Young-chul, a full-fledged southpaw. The batting line exploded against the three pitchers who suffered in the previous game, and made a big inning with 5 runs at once.
Ikimori responds to this support by not throwing any punches until round three. In the 4th inning, he allowed a 2-run home run to Kim Dong-heon, but he took 2 strikeouts from the following and held it to 4 runs.

From the 5th round, Tsugutaka Kawahara (Osaka Toin), who has 3 wins in this tournament, will take the mound. Although he allowed a hit to the first batter, Mitsuhiro and Fujimori’s double play hits kept the following ones behind and saved no runs. In the 6th inning, all three players, including 2 strikeouts, were waived. In the last 7 innings, he easily struck out two and finished the game with one strikeout.
Although they were forced to fight hard in the middle of the tournament, they recovered well and finished the final game with 11 hits, 6 runs, 4 hits and no errors, which could be called the best game in the game. tournament.
Additionally, Kawahara won best pitcher (winner-loser) and best nine (relief pitcher), and Matsuo won best nine (catcher).

Coach/Player Comments

Directed by Shiro Mabuchi

“There were a few injuries and we weren’t able to play as well as we wanted to, but we managed to get the minimum possible result. Kawahara’s surge during a difficult period was a big factor. We We have to think more about the fight in there, like the order of the first move, and I felt that we would have to think about the super round battle from the first round.

Yosho Yamada (Omi)

“I’m very happy. The most important thing is that the team won. Personally, I was only able to improve in the middle of the tournament, which caused problems. It was a good experience I would like to take this experience in the next step.

Shion Matsuo (Osaka Toin)

“I think it’s the catcher’s job to bring out the best in the characteristics of the pitcher, so I haven’t been able to do this tournament well, but I think today was the best game ever. the times. I’m more than happy to have been able to fight with my best comrades.”

30th WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup

Tournament Overview Participating Players Broadcast Schedule

Tournament period

September 9 to September 19, 2022

opening round
Saturday 10 September 2022 4:00 Italy 0-6 Japan
Sunday 11 September 2022 8:00 Mexico 1-4 Japan
Monday September 12, 2022 8:00 Japan 5-4 Panama
Tuesday September 13, 2022 8:00 Japan 10-0 Australia
Wednesday September 14, 2022 8:00 Japan 2-9 Chinese Taipei
*The start time is Japan time (Florida: time difference -13 hours)

super round
Friday September 16, 2022 5:00 Korea 8-0 Japan
Saturday September 17, 2022 5:00 Japan 1-0 Netherlands
Sunday, September 18, 2022 10:30 PM USA 4-3 Japan
*The start time is Japan time (Florida: time difference -13 hours)

3rd place game
Monday September 19, 2022 4:00 Korea 2-6 Japan
*The start time is Japan time (Florida: time difference -13 hours)


America (Florida)

Participating countries and regions

group A
United States, South Korea, Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, South Africa

Group B
Japan, Chinese Taipei, Mexico, Australia, Panama, Italy

Samurai Japan U-18 Match Japan National High School Team vs. Japan Collegiate National Team

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