Czech Republic scored 6 runs in the first and went on to beat Guatemala, an absolute beginner in the World Championship, 7-0.
Guatemala’s pitcher Juan Morales struggled with control and allowed 6 walks over 2 innings. Czech Republic didn’t need much offense. Their third hit of the day came on a double by Koci in the bottom of the sixth. Hospodka followed with another double to score Koci and close the game one inning in advance.
Kubat went the distance and earned the win for Czech Republic.
New Zealand used the first 2 at bats to score 9 runs and defeated Hong Kong 10-0 in 4 innings.
New Zealand showed some power in the first. Makea (cover picture) tripled, Valk doubled and Attewell homered to open the score.
Hong Kong had a chance to score as they loaded the bases (walk, hit by pitch, single) against Taine Slaughter with 2 outs in the third. New Zealand’s starter struck out Cheung Chun Yin and went on to earn the win.
South Africa came from behind to beat Denmark, 3-2. The European team led 2-0 after 6.
In the bottom of the seventh Damian Overmeyer hit an inside the park home run to make it a one-run game. Joshua Wentzel, base hit, and Reece Nyland, hit by pitch, became the potential tying and winning run for Jordan Atkin. On a 1-2 count, with two outs, South Africa’s left fielder got to a change up by Mikkel Nielsen and turned into a line drive to center field for a walk off win.
India took a lead on a defensive error in the third, but the run proved to be a wakeup call for Australia. The Aussie stroke back in the bottom half of the frame and took a 3-1 lead on Adam Smith’s home run. Australia added one. Ludkin earned the, 4-1, win.
India, expecially starting pitcher Chaudari, can legitimately be proud of making the game much closer than most expected.
The teams were rushed out of the field by a thunder storm just minutes after the third out.