12U BWC: Japans needs Walk-Off Single to keep clean Slate
Japan wins against Mexico 5-4 to finish first round with 6-0 record
Tien-Mou/Taipei City. Japan remains its keep slate at the II 12U Baseball World Cup with a 5-4 victory over Mexico in their final first round match on Thursday afternoon at Tien-Mou Stadium in Taipei City. However Japan needed a two-out walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to keep Mexico out of victory lane. Both teams already were qualified for the quarterfinals.
In the beginning it looked like a lopsided win for Japan. Daichi Aoki and Tomoharu Moriya hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first to give them a 4-0 lead. Afterwards though Japan’s offense was shut down and weren’t able to do anything against Mexican pitching. This allowed Mexico to get back into the game. A wild pitch in the third and an error in the fourth helped them to cut the deficit to 2-4. In the sixth Hector Vargas tied the game with a two-out, two-run double.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Japan led off with Tomoki Ouchi, who reached on an error at short. A sac bunt not only moved him to second but all the way to third. Following a strikeout for the second out Koyo Mizushima ended the game hitting a 1-2 pitch off Kevin Garcia through the middle for a walk-off single.
On Friday Mexico will face Venezuela in the quarterfinals. Japan will square off with Panama in the afternoon. Both games will be played at Tien-Mou Stadium.
|MIZUSHIMA Koyo cf||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|IKEDA Kohei 1b||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0|
|OBA Shogo 1b||1||0||0||0||0||1||5||0||0|
|KIKUTA Hirokazu ph/1b||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|UEDA Taiyo 2b||2||1||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|AOKI Daichi c||3||1||2||3||0||0||3||1||0|
|MORIYA Tomoharu ss||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||3||0|
|NINOMIYA Kosuke lf||1||0||0||0||2||0||1||0||1|
|TAKAMIZU Hidemasa rf||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|SUZUKI Ryusei rf||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||2|
|OUCHI Tomoki ph||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|NAKAJIMA Hiromu 3b||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||4||1|
|SAWAMURA Shota ph||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|YAGIHASHI Sora p||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|SATO Ichiro p||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|ISHII Yuki ph||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E
Mexico.............. 001 102 - 4 10 4
Japan............... 400 001 - 5 8 1
Note: 2 outs, 1 runner LOB when the game ended.
E - BALLESTEROS 2(2); CASTILLO(2); VARGAS(1); NINOMIYA(1). DP - JPN 2. LOB -
MEX 6; JPN 6. 2B - ZAZUETA(2); VARGAS(1). HR - AOKI(2); MORIYA(1). SH -
SAWAMURA(2). SB - NINOMIYA(7). CS - NAKAJIMA(1).
|SATO Ichiro W||3.1||5||3||2||1||3||3||0||0||0||14||15||4||2||44|