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[4/12/2015] WBSC releases groups for the 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup

by on Apr.12, 2015 @ 4:02 pm, under Samurai Japan
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The World Baseball Softball Confederation released the groups for the 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup on April 10. Twelve teams were split into two groups.

Group A

  • No. 1 - Japan
  • No. 2 - United States
  • No. 12 - Mexico
  • No. 14 - Australia
  • No. 15 - Brazil
  • No. 20 - Czech Republic

Group B

  • No. 3 - Cuba
  • No. 4 - Chinese Taipei
  • No. 7 - Canada
  • No. 8 - South Korea
  • No. 11 - Italy
  • No. 29 - South Africa

The tournament will take place between August 28 and September 6 in Osaka. Each group will compete in round robin play. The top three teams from each group will advance to a Super Round Robin, with the top two teams moving on to the finals.

Source: official announcement

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[4/1/2015] Candidates for High School national team released

by on Apr.02, 2015 @ 7:25 am, under High School, International, Samurai Japan
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation released a preliminary list of thirty candidates for the national team that is scheduled to compete at the 27th IBAF U18 Baseball World Cup (August 28-September 9). A final roster of twenty will be decided during the Summer Koshien.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG High Schol JPN High School ENG
P 大沢志意也 Osawa, Shiiya 東海大四 Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Daiyon
P 佐藤世那 Sato, Sena 仙台育英 Sendai Ikuei
P 江口奨理 Eguchi, Shori 浦和学院 Urawa Gakuin
P 鈴木健矢 Suzuki, Kenya 木更津総合 Kisarazu Sogo
P 勝俣翔貴 Katsumata, Shoki 東海大菅生 Tokai Daigaku Sugao
P 平沼翔太 Hiranuma, Shota 敦賀気比 Tsuruga Kehi
P 森奎真 Mori, Keima 豊橋工 Toyohashi Kogyo
P 高橋純平 Takahashi, Junpei 県岐阜商 Kenritsu Gifu Shogyo
P 高橋奎二 Takahashi, Keiji 龍谷大平安 Ryukoku Daigaku Fuzoku Heian
C 郡司裕也 Gunji, Yuya 仙台育英 Sendai Ikuei
C 柘植世那 Tsuge, Sena 高崎健康福祉大高崎 Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
C 西野真也 Nishino, Shinya 浦和学院 Urawa Gakuin
C 堀内謙伍 Horiuchi, Kengo 静岡 Shizuoka
INF 足立悠哉 Adachi, Yuya 八戸学院光星 Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei
INF 平沢大河 Hirasawa, Taiga 仙台育英 Sendai Ikuei
INF 宇草孔基 Ugusa, Koki 常総学院 Joso Gakuin
INF 相馬優人 Soma, Yuto 高崎健康福祉大高崎 Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
INF 諏訪賢吉 Suwa, Tadayoshi 浦和学院 Joso Gakuin
INF 津田翔希 Tsuda, Shoki 浦和学院 Joso Gakuin
INF 篠原涼 Shinohara, Ryo 敦賀気比 Tsuruga Kehi
INF 林中勇輝 Hayashinaka, Yuki 敦賀気比 Tsuruga Kehi
INF 貞光広登 Sadamitsu, Hiroto 天理 Tenri
INF 福田光輝 Fukuda, Koki 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin
OF 和田慎吾 Wada, Shingo 常総学院 Joso Gakuin
OF 荒木裕也 Araki, Yuya 浦和学院 Urawa Gakuin
OF 松本哲幣 Matsumoto, Teppei 敦賀気比 Tsuruga Kehi
OF 内山竣 Uchiyama, Shun 静岡 Shizuoka
OF 船曳海 Funabiki, Wataru 天理 Tenri
OF 青柳昴樹 Aoyagi, Koki 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin
OF 藤井健平 Fujii, Kenpei 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin

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Source: Nikkan Sports 4/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/1/2015

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[9/2/2013] IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup – Yuki Matsui strikes out twelve in first start

by on Sep.02, 2013 @ 2:48 pm, under High School
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Yuki Matsui started Japan's first game at the IBAF 18U Baseball Tournament in Taiwan on Saturday.  He gave up one run (earned) on three hits and seven walks over eight innings of work.  He also struck out twelve.  Japan beat Taiwan, 4-1.

Inning by Inning

1st inning - BB, Kl, BB, G4 (DP)

2nd inning - Ks, G4, BB, Ks

3rd inning - Ks, G5, Ks

4th inning - Fo2, F6, G4

5th inning - BB, Ks and CS, BB, G4

6th inning - 1B, SH2, BB, FC, Kl

7th inning - Ks, Kl, Ks

8th inning - F6, K2, 1B, BB, 2B (RBI), HBP, Ks

Sanspo posted portions of Matsui's post-game interview.

You won your first international game.

I was not great out there, but I was able to throw my pitches in tight spots.

You gave up one run.

I was not nervous, but I was a little excited in the first inning and put two runners on base with walks.  But then I managed to get a double play.

Taiwan's cheer group was pretty loud.

I experienced something similar at the Kanagawa tournament so it did not bother me.

Taiwan argued about the fly ball to left.

I tried to get one in and it came out flat...  I saw [the ball] veer away, but I was worried about a reversal.  The umps said it was foul though.  I was able to regain my composure there.

You did not allow any hits through five innings.

I was walking hitters so I was not thinking about that.

What did you think of the international ball?

The seems were high and low, it did not seem like there was a standard.  Each ball I got felt different.

One the team winning its first game.

The one thing starting pitchers are supposed to do is get the win.  I am glad we won.  I would like to pass on my experiences to the other pitchers to help in the next game.

Source: Sanspo 9/2/2013

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See also:

[8/29/2013] 26th IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship Schedule

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[8/29/2013] 26th IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Schedule; USA beats Japan 3-2 in Finals

by on Aug.29, 2013 @ 6:10 pm, under High School
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Final Standings

Pos Team
1 U.S.A
2 Japan
3 Cuba
4 Chinese Taipei
5 Korea
6 Venezuela
7 Canada
8 Australia
9 Mexico
10 Colombia
11 Italy
12 Czech Republic

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Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Luis Ortiz (USA)
Leading Hitter: Adam Haseley (USA)
Pitcher with best ERA: Tomohiro Anraku (JPN)
Pitcher with best Win/Loss Average: Tomohiro Anraku (JPN)
Most Runs Batted In: Tomoya Mori (JPN)
Most Home Runs: Tyler O'Neill (CAN)
Most Stolen Bases: Malik Collymore (CAN)
Most Runs Scored: Wu Kuo Hao (TPE)
Outstanding Defensive Player: Moises Esquerre (CUB)

All Star Team XXVI 18U Baseball World Cup

Starting Pitcher: Tomohiro Anraku (JPN)
Relief Pitcher: Taisuke Yamaoke (JPN)
Catcher: Tomoya Mori (JPN)
First Baseman: Byeong Wuk Lim (KOR)
Second Baseman: Li Lin (TPE)
Third Baseman: Michael Rivera (USA)
Shortstop: Moises Esquerre (CUB)
Outfielder: Adam Haseley (USA)
Outfielder: Tzu-Hao Chen (TPE)
Outfielder: Tyler O'Neill (CAN)
Designated Hitter: Cheng-Tang Wang (TPE)

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Standings

First Round

Group A

Pos Team GP W L AVG
1 Japan 5 5 0 1.000
2 Chinese Taipei 5 4 1 .800
3 Venezuela 5 3 2 .600
4 Canada 5 2 3 .400
5 Mexico 5 1 4 .200
6 Czech Republic 5 0 5 .000

Group B

Pos Team GP W L AVG
1 U.S.A. 5 4 1 .800
2 Cuba 5 4 1 .800
3 Korea 5 3 2 .600
4 Australia 5 2 3 .400
5 Colombia 5 1 4 .200
6 Italy 5 1 4 .200

Semifinals

Pos Team GP W L AVG
1 U.S.A 5 5 0 1.000
2 Japan 5 4 1 .800
3 Cuba 5 3 2 .600
4 Chinese Taipei 5 2 3 .400
5 Korea 5 1 4 .200
6 Venezuela 5 0 5 .000

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[8/27/2013] High School National Team beats Kwansei Gakuin University 3-1

by on Aug.28, 2013 @ 5:49 am, under High School
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The High School National Team played a practice game against Kwansei Gakuin University on Tuesday and recorded a 3-1 victory.  Harumi Iida (four shutout innings, two hits, two strikeouts), Kazuto Taguchi (two shutout innings, one infield hit, topped out at 142km/h), Taisuke Yamaoka (one shutout inning), Yuya Takahashi (one run over one inning), and Tomohiro Anraku (one shutout inning -- strikeout passed ball, strikeout, strikeout, fly out to center) made appearances in the game.

The national team score one run in the 1st on three consecutive hits by Tomoya Mori, Satoshi Sonobe, and Yasuhito Uchida (starting DH, batted fifth, RBI single to center in the 1st, double to left-center in the 6th, single to left in the 8th).  They tacked on a second run in the 3rd and Ryo Watanabe drove in the third and final run in the 8th.

The national team will head to Taiwan on Wednesday.

Some practice game totals:

Uchida, Yasuhito: 2 G, 6-for-7, 2 RBI
Mori, Tomoya: 2 G, 3-for-7, 2 RBI
Sonobe, Satoshi : 2 G, 3-for-9. 1 RBI
Yoshida, Yuto: 2G, 4-for-9

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2013, Daily Sports 8/27/2013, Asahi Shimbun 8/27/2013, Sports Hochi 8/28/2013, Daily Sports 8/28/2013, Sponichi 8/28/2013, Sponichi 8/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2013

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[8/27/2013] High School National Team blanks Kansai University 5-0 in practice game

by on Aug.27, 2013 @ 1:13 am, under High School
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The High School National Team played a practice game against Kansai University at the Osaka Gas Imazu Baseball Field on Monday.  The national team blanked Kansai 5-0.  The university team featured first and second year students.

Matsui, Yuki - 4 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 8 SO, topped out at 147km/h

Yamaoka, Taisuke - 2 IP, 0 H, 1 SO

Takahashi, Yuya - 2 IP, 0 H, 2 SO

Anraku, Tomohiro - 1 IP, 0 H, 3 SO

Mori, Tomoya - starting catcher, batted third - two hits, two RBI

Sonobe, Satoshi - started at first and batted fourth - hit a solo homer in the 5th

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2013Daily Sports 8/27/2013

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[8/22/2013] IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup – Final Roster

by on Aug.22, 2013 @ 8:56 pm, under High School
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The final roster for the national team that will be representing Japan at this year's IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship (August 30-September 8) was posted today.

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Players

Pos Uni Player JPN Player ENG High School JPN High School ENG YR HT WT T B
P 1 飯田 春海 Iida, Harumi 常総学院 Joso Gakuin 3 175 75 R R
P 2 松井 裕樹 Matsui, Yuki 桐光学園 Toko Gakuen 3 174 75 L L
P 3 山岡 泰輔 Yamaoka, Taisuke 瀬戸内 Setouchi 3 172 70 R L
P 4 田口 麗斗 Taguchi, Kazuto 広島新庄 Hiroshima Shinjo 3 170 69 L L
P 5 高橋 由弥 Takahashi, Yuya 岩国商 Iwakuni Shogyo 3 177 68 L L
P 6 高橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona 前橋育英 Maebashi Ikuei 2 188 82 R R
P 7 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro 済 美 Saibi 2 187 85 R L
C 8 内田 靖人 Uchida, Yasuhito 常総学院 Joso Gakuin 3 185 87 R R
C 9 若月 健矢 Wakatsuki, Kenya 花咲徳栄 Hanasaki Tokuharu 3 178 80 R R
C 10 森  友哉 Mori, Tomoya 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin 3 170 80 R L
INF 11 園部  聡 Sonobe, Satoshi 聖光学院 Seiko Gakuin 3 184 87 R R
INF 12 逸崎 友誠 Itsuzaki, Yusei 明徳義塾 Meitoku Gijuku 3 174 70 R L
INF 13 奥村 展征 Okumura, Nobuyuki 日大山形 Nihon Daigaku Yamagata 3 177 72 R L
INF 14 熊谷 敬宥 Kumagai, Takahiro 仙台育英 Sendai Ikuei 3 175 70 R R
INF 15 竹村 春樹 Takemura, Haruki 浦和学院 Urawa Gakuin 3 175 72 R L
INF 16 渡辺  諒 Watanabe, Ryo 東海大甲府 Tokai Daigaku Kofu 3 178 80 R R
OF 17 森  龍馬 Mori, Ryuma 日大三 Nihon Daigaku Daisan 3 176 80 R R
OF 18 吉田 雄人 Yoshida, Yuto 北 照 Hokusho 3 178 73 R L
OF 19 上林 誠知 Uebayashi, Seiji 仙台育英 Sendai Ikuei 3 184 77 R L
OF 20 岩重 章仁 Iwashige, Akihito 延岡学園 Nobeoka Gakuen 3 183 83 R R

Manager/Coaches

Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG High School JPN High School ENG
MGR 21 西谷 浩一 Nishitani, Koichi 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin
C 22 仲井 宗基 Nakai, Munemoto 八戸学院光星 Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei
C 23 島田 達二 Shimada, Tatsuji 高知 Kochi

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2013

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Tomoya Mori was officially named captain on August 25.  Yuki Matsui was essentially named ace of the staff.  Source: Daily Sports 8/26/2013, Daily Sports 8/26/2013

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IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup – Preliminary Roster

by on Apr.03, 2013 @ 11:10 pm, under High School
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation released their first preliminary roster for the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship (August 30-September 8).  Additional players, about twenty, will be selected after the Summer Koshien.

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Preliminary Roster

Pos Player JPN Player ENG High School JPN High School ENG YR T B
P 小島 和哉 Ojima, Kazuya 浦和学院 Urawa Gakuin 2 L L
P 岸本 淳希 Kishimoto, Junki 敦賀気比 Tsuruga Kehi 3 R R
P 藤田 凌司 Fujita, Ryoji 県岐阜商 Ken Gifu Sho 3 L L
P 乾  陽平 Inui, Yohei 報徳学園 Hotoku Gakuen 3 R R
P 児山 祐斗 Koyama, Yuto 関 西 Kanzei 3 L L
P 下石 涼太 Shimoishi, Ryota 広 陵 Koryo 3 R L
P 安楽 智大 Anraku, Tomohiro 済 美 Saibi 2 R L
P 坂本 優太 Sakamoto, Yuta 高 知 Kochi 3 R R
P 大竹耕太郎 Otake, Kotaro 済々黌 Seiseiko 3 L L
C 内田 靖人 Uchida, Yasuhito 常総学院 Joso Gakuin 3 R R
C 若月 健矢 Wakatsuki, Kenya 花咲徳栄 Hanasaki Tokuharu 3 R R
C 喜多 亮太 Kita, Ryota 敦賀気比 Tsuruga Kehi 3 R R
C 森  友哉 Mori, Tomoya 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin 3 R L
INF 熊谷 敬宥 Kumagai, Takahiro 仙台育英 Sendai Ikuei 3 R R
INF 園部  聡 Sonobe, Satoshi 聖光学院 Seiko Gakuin 3 R R
INF 高田 涼太 Takada, Ryota 浦和学院 Urawa Gakuin 3 R R
INF 竹村 春樹 Takemura, Haruki 浦和学院 Urawa Gakuin 3 R L
INF 遠藤 康平 Endo, Kohei 常葉菊川 Tokoha Gakuen Kikugawa 3 R R
INF 米満 一聖 Yonemitsu, Issei 敦賀気比 Tsuruga Kehi 3 R L
INF 笠松 悠哉 Kasamatsu, Yuya 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin 3 R R
INF 水谷友生也 Mizutani, Yukiya 大阪桐蔭 Osaka Toin 3 R R
INF 和田  恋 Wada, Ren 高 知 Kochi 3 R R
OF 吉田 雄人 Yoshida, Yuto 北 照 Hokusho 3 R L
OF 長谷川 寛 Hasegawa, Hiro 仙台育英 Sendai Ikuei 3 R L
OF 上林 誠知 Uebayashi, Seiji 仙台育英 Sendai Ikuei 3 R L
OF 勝岡 静也 Katsuoka, Shizuya 報徳学園 Hotoku Gakuen 3 R L

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Source: Mainichi News 4/3/2013

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