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Cal Ripken World Series 2009: Japan’s progress

by on Aug.17, 2009 @ 10:39 am, under Other

The Cal Ripken World Series (12 and under) kicked off on the 14th in Aberdeen, Maryland.

NOTE: I did not write these summaries. For some reason, it appears as though old articles no longer show up at the Cal Ripken World Series site so I used Google's cache to dig up what I could find. If someone connected to the Cal Ripken World Series has a problem with this, please contact me directly and I was remove the articles, post-haste. Incidentally, I could not recover the game recap for the game on the 18th.

Here are the results for Japan so far:

8/15: Japan 4 - Mexico 3

Mexico 3 – 4 Japan
2:30pm on Memorial

Japan jumped to an early 2-run lead in the first, when HR Derby finalist Yuma Kondo singled up the middle to drive in Kazuma Doi and Atsushi Takahashi. But Mexico went to work in the fourth when Irving Wilson launched a homer to left center to drive-in three and take the lead.

Japan responded with two runs in the fifth when Doi added a homer of his own to bring in two runs and the win.

Japan will play against Canada in tomorrow's 8 o'clock game under the lights at Cal Sr.'s Yard. Mexico heads to Wrigley at 2:30 tomorrow to play Australia.

8/16: Japan 16 - Canada 0

(2-0) Japan 16 – 0 Canada (0-2)
8:00pm on Cal Sr.'s Yard

Japan shined under the lights of Cal Sr.'s Yard in the nightcap of Day 2 at the CRWS. Nine different players for Japan registered hits, led by Atsushi Takahashi who had a two hit performance. Home Run Derby finalist Yuma Kondo started on the hill, and combined efforts with Yoshiki Okada to no-hit the national team from Canada.

Takashiro Nagoaka blasted a home run in the fourth to put an exclamation point on Japan’s offensive output.

Canada has struggled in its first two games, but will try to change that when they return to Sr.'s Yard on Monday night to face Australia at 8 o’clock. Japan’s bats will finally rest on Monday, as the team’s next game is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30 against Australia.

Current Standings (International)

Country W L
Dominican Rep. 2 0
Japan 2 0
Korea 1 1
Mexico 1 1
Australia 0 2
Canada 0 2

I'll continue to update this thread with new information as it becomes available.

=== Updated 8/18 @ 10:48pm JST

Be sure to check-out Japanese Baseball Cards' posts from the tournament:

Searching for Senichi Hoshino, Part One

Whither Canada? Or Searching for Senichi Hoshino, Part Two

=== Updated 8/19 @ 7:06pm JST

Japan has qualified for the playoffs after their victory over Australia.

8/18: Japan 12 - Australia 0

Updated Standings (International)

Country W L
Dominican Rep.* 4 0
Japan* 3 0
Korea 1 1
Mexico 1 2
Australia 1 3
Canada 0 4

*qualified for playoffs

=== Updated 8/21 @ 4:54am JST

8/19: Japan 12 - Korea 1

08/19/2009 1:10 PM - For the second consecutive day, Japan scored 12 runs and cruised to victory in only four innings of play. They jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over Korea and never looked back. Atsushi Takahashi led off the top of the first inning with a double and eventually scored when Kazuma Doi followed with a double to left center. The next batter, shortstop Kiki Kugimiya hit a two-run blast to center field. Two batters later, third baseman Akira Ohuro homered to left center, scoring three runs. Japan would score at least one run in each of the next three innings for a commanding 12-1 victory.

Korea was held to just one run on four hits as Japan advanced to a perfect 4-0 record and a tie with the Dominican Republic atop the International Division.

Updated Standings (International)

Country W L
Japan* 4 0
Dominican Rep.* 4 0
Mexico* 2 2
Korea* 1 3
Australia 1 3
Canada 0 4

*qualified for playoffs

=== Updated 8/22 @ 7:26am JST

8/20: Japan 7 - Korea 0

08/20/2009 7:32 PM - Japan remained the only undefeated international team, defeating the Republic of Korea 7-0 tonight. The win advances Japan to the International Championship against Mexico, which will take place tomorrow afternoon at noon on Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Japan, who has been getting fantastic pitching all series, had three pitchers combine for a one-hitter in the victory. Akira Oura pitched the first 2 1/3 innings, giving up one hit, and Kazuma Doi and Koki Kugimiya relieved him, giving up no hits. The three combined for 14 strikeouts.

The game was close until the fifth inning, but Japan opened up the bottom of the inning with a triple from Atsushi Takahashi, and ended up scoring five runs en route to victory. Japan catcher Tomohiro Okuda added two hits and two RBIs in the win.

Si Chan Choi was solid in defeat for the Republic of Korea, pitching 4 1/3 innings, and giving up just two earned runs while striking out six.

Japan will now try to finish the Cal Ripken World Series undefeated tomorrow, but will have to get by a Mexico team that they only beat 4-3 in pool play. Mexico avenged another pool play loss today, defeating the previously undefeated Dominican Republic 7-2 to advance to the Championship.

8/21: Mexico 1 - Japan 0

08/21/2009 1:42 PM - For the seventh consecutive year, Mexico will play in the Cal Ripken World Series Championship Game. The team has won the International Division each year the tournament has been played in Aberdeen.

After a scoreless inning and a half of play, Mexico's Julio Urias led off the bottom of the second with a double to right centerfield. Alejandro Pacheco then reached on a fielding error by Japan's shortstop. Juan Cota followed with a walk to load the bases and Eduardo Gonzalez grounded to shortstop scoring Urias with the game's only run.

Eduardo Gonzalez turned in an impressive performance on the mound for Mexico as he pitched a complete game, allowing only two hits and recording 10 strikeouts and no walks. In consecutive days, Mexico upset two previously undefeated teams, the Dominican Republic and Japan, to advance to the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series Championship Game. They will take on the winner of U.S. Championship Game between Forest Hills, FL and Upper Montgomery Athletic Club (Maryland).

Updated Standings (International)

Country W L
Mexico** - Champs 4 2
Dominican Rep.* 4 1
Japan** 5 1
Korea* 1 4
Australia 1 3
Canada 0 4

*qualified for playoffs
**advanced to championships

There's also a YouTube channel you can check out for some video footage.

4 comments on “Cal Ripken World Series 2009: Japan’s progress

  1. Gwynar

    Cool. But it sounds like you won’t be able to get to any of the regular games remaining on the schedule. If they make it to the next round, I’m guessing you’ll have a much easier to finding/stalking him though.

    BTW: I took the liberty of adding the links to your posts in my main post up above. Nice pictures!

  2. npbcardguy

    Yeah, the unfortunate thing about having a job is it interferes with my stalking :-)


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