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[10/24/2013] WBAJ: 6th Women’s Baseball World Cup to take place in Miyazaki

by on Oct.24, 2013 @ 2:25 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Women's Baseball Association of Japan (WBAJ) announced on Wednesday that the 6th Women's Baseball World Cup will take place in Miyazaki next year, between September 1 and 7.  Games will take place at Sun Marine Miyazaki and Ivy Stadium.  Teams from eight countries, including Japan, are expected to participate in the tournament.

Player candidate meetings for Japan's team will take place during meetings on November 30 and December 1.

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Past Tournaments

Year   Host Country Teams Gold Silver Bronze
2004 1 Edmonton, Canada 5 United States Japan Canada
2006 2 Taipei, Taiwan 7 United States Japan Canada
2008 3 Matsuyama, Japan 8 Japan Canada United States
2010 4 Maracay, Venezuela 11 Japan Australia United States
2012 5 Edmonton, Canada 8 Japan United States Canada
2014 6 Miyazaki, Japan        

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Source: Sponichi 10/23/2013, Sponichi 10/24/2013

Sponichi to host public viewing if Madonna Japan reaches finals at Women’s World Cup

by on Aug.17, 2012 @ 2:53 pm, under Women's Baseball
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If Madonna Japan reaches the finals at the IBAF 5th Women's Baseball World Cub, Sponichi will host a public viewing at Sponichi Plaza Osaka on August 20 at 8am.  Footage taken from the plaza will also be streamed over Ustream.  Source: Sponichi 8/17/2012

For those interested, you can see footage of Japan's previous games via Youtube.

Japan's game against Canada, on August 18 at 10:20am will also be streamed via Youtube.

WBAJ releases final roster for 5th Women’s Baseball World Cup

by on Jul.22, 2012 @ 8:59 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Women's Baseball Association of Japan (WBAJ) released the final twenty-player roster that will be competing at the 5th Women's Baseball World Cup.

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National Women's Team (twenty players)

Pos Name (JPN) Name (ENG) Team
P 新宮 有依 Shingu, Yui Heisei International University
P 中島 梨紗 Nakajima, Risa Samurai (Club Team)
P 吉井 萌美 Yoshii, Moemi Heisei International University
P 磯崎由加里 Isozaki, Yukari Shobi University
P 里  綾実 Sato, Ayami Fukuchiyama Seibi HS Coach
P 小西 美加 Konishi, Mika Osaka Brabee Honeys (GPBL)
C 西  朝美 Nishi, Tomomi Asahi Trust (Club Team)
INF 中野 菜摘 Nakano, Natsuimi Shobi University
INF 新井 純子 Arai, Junko Shobi University
INF 出口 彩香 Degushi, Ayaka Shobi University
INF 川端 友紀 Kawabata, Yuki Kyoto Asto Dreams (GPBL)
INF 田中 幸夏 Tanaka, Sachika Hyogo Swing Smileys (GPBL)
INF 六角 彩子 Rokkaku, Ayako Samurai (Club Team)
INF 大山  唯 Oyama, Yui Shobi University
INF 金 由起子 Kon, Yukiko Hornets Ladies (Club Team)
OF 三浦 伊織 Miura, Iori Kyoto Asto Dreams (GPBL)
OF 志村亜貴子 Shimura, Akiko Asahi Trust (Club Team)
OF 中村  茜 Nakamura, Akane Hyogo Swing Smileys (GPBL)
OF 直井 友紀 Naoi, Yuki Samurai (Club Team)
OF 萱野 未久 Kayano, Miku Sirius (Club Team)

Japan Women’s National Team practice game rained out; GPBL players added to roster

by on Apr.22, 2012 @ 10:11 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The third practice game between a team of mixed Girls Professional Baseball League (GPBL) players and the Japan Women's National Preliminary Team was rained out today.

The following six GPBL players were added to the preliminary roster, based on performances from the two games played on Saturday:

The preliminary roster now contains a total thirty players.  The roster will be pared down to twenty for the 5th Women's Baseball World Cup (August 10-19).

Hirotami Kojima to manage national team at 2012 Asian Baseball Championship

by on Apr.13, 2012 @ 12:25 am, under International, Women's Baseball
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The Baseball Federation of Japan announced on Thursday that Hirotami Kojima will manage the national team that will be competing at the 2012 Asian Baseball Championship (November 28-December 2, Taiwan).

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The Women's Baseball Association Japan announced that the female national team (the one that will be competing at the Women's Baseball World Cup in August) will be playing two exhibition games against a mixed Girls Professional Baseball League team on April 21 and 22 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto.  Players from the GPBL will also be scouted for the national team.

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The NPB's Samurai Japan steering committee met for the first time on Tuesday in Tokyo and  discussed a number of issues, including the possibility of scheduling international exhibition games in the fall.

IBAF posts 5th Women’s Baseball World Cup — Japan wins third consecutive title

by on Mar.22, 2012 @ 12:21 am, under Women's Baseball
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The IBAF posted the schedule for the 5th Women's Baseball World Cup (via Nikkan Sports).

UPDATE 8/11 @ 12:59am - Changes were announced by the IBAF on August 10.  From the official site:

Due to the delayed arrival of Team Venezuela because of visa problems, their opening match against Japan at Telus Field will be re-scheduled from Friday, August 10, 3pm to Wednesday, August 15, 11am. Venezuela now is expected to enter the competition on Saturday, August 11 against host Canada.

There are additional changes to the original schedule. Game #2 between Cuba and Australia on Friday, August 10 will be moved from John Fry Park to Telus Field and from 2 to 3pm local time. On Saturday all four games will be played at Telus Field. At 10am in game #5 Chinese Taipei faces Cuba, at 1.30pm in game #6 the Netherlands take on Japan, at 4.30pm in game #7 Australia plays against the United States and at 8pm in game #8 Venezuela squares off with Canada.

You can view the official schedule here.

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First Round
Game Date Time Home Score Away Venue Notes
1 8/10
(Fri)
11:00 USA 10-0 Netherlands Telus Field  
2 14:00
15:00
Cuba 4-12 Australia John Fry Park
Telus Field 
 
3 15:00 Venezuela   Japan Telus Field  
  19:00 Opening Ceremony Telus Field  
4 20:30 Canada 12-2 China Taipei Telus Field  
5 8/11
(Sat)
11:00
10:00
China Taipei 6-3 Cuba Telus Field  
6 14:00
13:30
Netherlands 0-21 Japan John Fry Park
Telus Field
 
7 15:00
16:30
Australia 8-11 USA Telus Field  
8 19:30
20:00
Venezuela 2-14 Canada Telus Field  
9 8/12
(Sun)
11:00 China Taipei 17-3 Netherlands Telus Field  
10 14:00 Cuba 5-11 Venezuela John Fry Park  
11 15:00 Canada 5-4 Australia Telus Field  
12 19:30 USA 5-2 Japan Telus Field  
13 8/13
(Mon)
11:00 Japan 10-0 Cuba Telus Field  
14 14:00 China Taipei 4-2 Venezuela John Fry Park  
15 15:00 Australia 13-11 Netherlands Telus Field  
16 19:30 USA 9-15 Canada Telus Field  
17 8/14
(Tues)
11:00 Australia   Venezuela Telus Field Rained out
18 14:00 Cuba   USA John Fry Park Rained out
19 15:00
17:00
Japan 11-1 China Taipei Telus Field Re-scheduled
due to rain
20 19:30
20:00
Netherlands 2-19 Canada Telus Field Re-scheduled
due to rain
  8/15
(Wed)
Rest/Rain Day
3 15:00
10:00
Venezuela 0-3 Japan Telus Field++ Re-scheduled
due to rain
17 13:00 Australia 20-1 Venezuela Telus Field Re-scheduled
due to rain
18 13:00 Cuba 1-9 USA John Fry Park Re-scheduled
due to rain
21 8/16
(Thurs)
11:00 Venezuela 14-6 Netherlands Telus Field  
22 14:00 USA 13-3 China Taipei John Fry Park  
23 15:00 Japan 10-0 Australia Telus Field  
24 19:30 Canada 12-2 Cuba Telus Field  
25 8/17
(Fri)
11:00 Australia 11-0 China Taipei Telus Field  
26 14:00 Venezuela 5-1 USA John Fry Park  
27 15:00 Netherlands 5-13 Cuba Telus Field  
28 19:30 Japan 9-7 Canada Telus Field  
Semifinals
Game Date Time Home Score Away Venue Notes
29 8/18
(Sat)
11:00 Chinese Taipei 7-5 Netherlands Telus Field  
30 14:00 Venezuela 9-6 Cuba John Fry Park  
31 15:00 Japan 5-1 Australia Telus Field +
32 19:30 Canada 4-17 USA Telus Field  
Finals
Game Date Time Home Score Away Venue Notes
33 8/19
(Sun)
10:00 Cuba 8-10 Netherlands Telus Field 7th-8th place
34 13:00 Chinese Taipei 1-6 Venezuela John Fry Park 5th-6th place
35 13:00 Canada 17-13 Australia Telus Field 3rd-4th place
36 17:00 Japan 3-0 USA Telus Field Finals

+ Game time can be changed to evening if Canada is in top 4

++ Subject to change

NOTE: Score links lead to IBAF site.

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First Round Standings

Pos Team GP W L WPCT
1 Japan 7 6 1 857
2 Canada 7 6 1 857
3 U.S.A. 7 5 2 714
4 Australia 7 4 3 571
5 Chinese Taipei 7 3 4 429
6 Venezuela 7 3 4 429
7 Cuba 7 1 6 143
8 Netherlands 7 0 7 0

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August 11 - Game 6

  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Japan 9 0 1 2 9 21 18 0
Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3

Youtube Footage | Box Score

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August 12 - Game 12

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Japan 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0
USA 1 0 0 3 1 0 x 5 10 0

Youtube Footage | Box Score

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August 13 - Game 13

  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Cuba 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Japan 4 0 1 1 4 10 13 0

Youtube Footage | Box Score

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August 14 - Game 19

  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 3
Japan 5 0 0 5 1 11 12 1

Youtube Footage | Box Score

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August 15 - Game 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Japan 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 1
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Youtube Footage | Box Score

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August 16 - Game 23

  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5
Japan 3 5 0 0 1 1 10 7 0

Youtube Footage | Box Score

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August 17 - Game 28

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Canada 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 7 15 0
Japan 2 2 1 4 0 0 x 9 9 1

Youtube Footage | Box Score

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August 18 - Semifinals

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Australia 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 2
Japan 0 0 3 0 2 0 x 5 8 0

Youtube Footage | Box Score

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August 19 - Finals

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Australia 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 2
Japan 0 0 3 0 2 0 x 5 8 0

Youtube Footage (block in Japan) | Box Score

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Final Standings

  1. Japan
  2. USA
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. Venezuela
  6. Chinese Taipei
  7. Netherlands
  8. Cuba

Individual Awards

Leading Hitter: Tamara Holmes (USA)
Pitcher Best ERA: Lauren McGrath (AUS)
Pitcher Win-Loss Average: Yukaria Isozaki (JPN)
Most Runs Batted In: Yukiko Kon (JPN)
Most Home Runs: Nicole Luchansky (CAN)
Most Stolen Bases: Bronwyn Gell (AUS)
Most Runs Scored: Shae Lillywhite (AUS)
Outstanding Defensive Player: Ayako Rokkaku (JPN)
Most Valuable Player: Yukari Isozaki (JPN)

All Star Team

Best Starting Pitcher: Yukari Isozaki (JPN)
Best Relief Pitcher: Ayami Sato (JPN)
Catcher: Stephanie Savoie (CAN)
First Base: Kate Psota (CAN)
Second Base: Nicole Luchansky (CAN)
Third Base: Christina Kreppold (AUS)
Shortstop: Ayaka Deguchi (JPN)
Outfield: Iori Miura (JPN)
Outfield: Jenna Flannigan (CAN)
Outfield: Hsiao Mei Chen (TPE)
Designated Hitter: Tamara Holmes (USA)

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Last Update 8/20 @ 2:37pm

Preliminary Rosters for Japan’s Women’s National Baseball Team announced

by on Jun.21, 2011 @ 3:46 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Women's Baseball Association Japan released the preliminary rosters for the Women's National Team that will be competing at the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup in Canada next year.  Japan has won the gold the last two times in a row (2008 and 2010).

Pos Names (JPN) Names (ENG)
P 黒崎はるか Kurosaki, Haruka
P 新宮 有依 Shingu, Yui
P 磯崎由加里 Isozaki, Yukari
P 里  綾実 Sato, Ayami
P 半田  渚 Handa, Nagisa
P 萱野 未久 Kayano, Miku
P 松永 美希 Matsunaga, Miki
P 坂本 加奈 Sakamoto, Kana
C 高島 知美 Takashima, Tomomi
C 有坂有理香 Arisaka, Yurika
INF 鈴木野乃花 Suzuki, Nonoka
INF 森藤 友綺 Morito, Yuki
INF 長尾 朱夏 Nagao, Ayaka
INF 大山  唯 Oyama, Yui
INF 中野 菜摘 Nagano, Natsumi
INF 新井 純子 Arai, Junko
INF 高木 珠里 Takagi, Juri ?
INF 大澤 靖子 Osawa, Yasuko ?
INF 金 由起子 Kon, Yukiko
INF 宮崎  恵 Miyazaki, Megumi
INF 六角 彩子 Rokkaku, Ayako
INF 田口 紗帆 Taguchi, Saho
OF 川口  琴 Kawaguchi, Koto
OF 今野めぐみ Konno, Megumi
OF 志村亜貴子 Shimura, Akiko
OF 大友 美雪 Otomo, Miyuki
OF 柴田 侑季 Shibata, Yuki
OF 宮本奈美子 Miyamoto, Namiko

WBAJ selects Hiroshi Shintani to manage Women’s World Cup baseball team

by on Mar.07, 2011 @ 7:59 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Women's Baseball Association of Japan (WBAJ) decided today that Hiroshi Shintani will be managing women's national team at next year's Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Canada.

Shintani is currently manager of the women's baseball team at Shobi University and has also been a coach with the women's national team during the last two World Cup tournaments (2008 and 2010).

The former manager of the national team, Koichi Okura, will take over as the chairman of the WBAJ.

WBWC: Tournament to resume with 6 games on the 15th

by on Aug.15, 2010 @ 1:29 pm, under Women's Baseball
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Via the IBAF website:

After the suspension of games, the IBAF has announced the revised schedule that will see the tournament restart in Maracay Venezuela.

The schedule will not include Hong Kong, as they have elected to withdraw from the competition and return home to Hong Kong.

Not too surprised that Hong Kong decided to withdraw from the tournament, especially since it was one of their own players that was struck by a stray bullet.

The update also mentions that the following 6 games will be played on the 15th:

South Korea Vs. USA at 10 am, Aviacion Stadium
Japan Vs. South Korea at 2 pm, Aviacion Stadium
Cuba Vs. USA at 6pm, Aviacion Stadium

Puerto Rico Vs. Cuba at 10 am, Jose Perez C. Stadium
Australia Vs. Netherlands at 3 pm Jose Perez C. Stadium
Chinese Taipei Vs Venezuela at 7pm, Jose Perez C. Stadium

WBWC: Hong Kong player hit by stray bullet

by on Aug.14, 2010 @ 6:29 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Associated Press is reporting that a player on the Hong Kong team was hit by a stray bullet during a game against the Netherlands at Jose A. Casanova Stadium in Caracas, Venezuela during the second day of the Women's Baseball World Cup on the 13th.

Sanspo mentions that the remaining games on schedule for the 13th and all the games on the 14th were being postponed.  The IBAF plans on meeting with the heads of each of the teams at the tournament on the 14th to discuss what course of action to take moving forward.

The Hong Kong player that was hit by the stray bullet was taken to a hospital and is apparently ok.