The 4th WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup ended on October 23 with the final game between Japan and South Korea. Japan qualified for the qualifying round (opening round) with 4 wins and 1 loss, and qualified for the Super Round in 2nd place in Group A. They played Australia on the 20 , South Korea on the 21st and Mexico on the 22nd. This time we look back at the three Super Round games and the last game Japan played.
Players born between 1999 and 2004 are eligible to participate in the tournament. This year, the Samurai Japan U-23 national team is made up of adult players (JABA) and is led by Akio Ishii. WBSC international matches are played on a seven-inning system.
◆Australia In Japan, third-year high school graduate Ren Tomita (Mitsubishi Motors Okazaki) is the starting pitcher and throws well from the start. At the end of the 3rd inning, from the 2nd and 3rd goals, n°3, Kanta Aiba (Yamaha) hit the center punctually and scored 2 points. However, after that, the Aussie pitchers struggled and in the 6th inning, Tomita allowed a run at the opponent’s batting line, making it a tough development.
However, in the final inning, Ryusei Gonda (TDK), who was used as the nearer throughout the tournament, cut off the opponent’s batting order with a three-way retreat, and Japan won a battle. tight. Immediately after the game, Tomita was nominated for sixth place by the Hanshin Tigers in the pro baseball draft meeting held the same day.
◆Match Result Australia｜0 0 0 0 0 1 0｜1 Japan｜0 2 0 0 0 0 X｜2 ◆Battery Japan: Tomita, Gonda-Tatsuya Shirono (Seino Transportation)
◆Toshiba left-hander Tetsuyuki Fujimura (Toshiba) is Japan’s starter against Korea, who topped Group B in the game against Korea. Show a good pitch that seals 4 innings with 1 hit and no runs. Until the third inning, the batting line was “can’t score even if there are runners”, but in the top of the 4th inning, Takuki Nakagawa (Honda Suzuka) scored a run in a hit from the second base with two outs. At the start of the 5th round, the n°6, Shun Nakamura (NTT East Japan) extended the lead to 2 points with a timely double.
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