Day 6 of the Men’s Softball World Championship featured various pivotal contest in the hunt for the playoffs. You can find all the information about the event, including full articles, photo galleries, boxscores, stats, standings and rosters at the tournament’s microsite.
Botswana 3-5 Mexico
Mexico defeated Botswana 5-3 in the first game of the day in Havlickuv Brod.
Marco Antonio Gonzalez hit a monster 3-run homer in the first inning to plate Daniel Durazo and Alan Osuna to take a 4-run lead. Early in the inning, Lenny Villalvazo scored on a bad throw by catcher Thabiso Radithobane after a dropped third strike.
Australia 11-0 South Africa
Adam Folkard and Layton Reid combined for a six-inning no-hitter as Australia clinched an 11-0 victory over South Africa, in six innings, to improve its record to 4-1. After three scoreless innings Australia’s offensive. Hayden Mathews homered twice for the winners.
Australia moves to 4-1 in Group B while South Africa is now 0-5.
Venezuela 1-2 Canada
A 2-run homer by Jason Hill in the bottom of the second inning was all the offense Canada needed to win a key match against Venezuela in Group B, in the fight for the top spot of the standings. Devon McCullough went the distance for Canada allowing only 4 hits and 1 run, with 13 strikeouts. Canada is now the only team undefeated in Group B.
Cuba 2-3 Argentina
Argentina scored three runs in the first two innings of play to clinch an important victory, 3-2, over Cuba. The Argentine team improves to 4-1 in the second place of Group A, in a great position for the last two days of the round robin. Cuba is now 3-2.
New Zealand 1-5 Japan
Japan claimed a pivotal win today in Havlickuv Brod, defeating the reigning world champions New Zealand, 5-1, and is the only undefeated in Group A. Japan had a solid overall performance. Reo Koyama went the distance and claim the win for Japan. The starter threw a total of 131 pitches and allowed 5 hits and 1 run, with 7 strikeouts and 5 walks.
Singapore 0-7 United States
United States is back over .500 in Group A after a 7-0, five innings victory over Singapore. USA improved to 3-2 and tomorrow will play Denmark in a key game for the playoffs race.
Netherlands 1-8 Denmark
Denmark claimed today the European duel against Netherlands, 8-1, in five innings and moved to 2-3 in Group B. Kim Hansen pitched the complete game with 3 hits, 8 strikeouts and 1 run. Tomorrow Denmark will face the United States in a game that could define the destiny of both teams in the hunt for the playoffs.
Czech Republic 4-1 Philippines
Czech Republic defeated Philippines, 4-1, in the last contest today at Hippos Arena. Jiri Nezbeda hit a 2-run shot in the seventh.
Jaroslav Brenik claimed the win in 4 innings of work (3H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 k) and Michal Holobradek closed the door the last three innings with no hits allowed. Leo Barredo lost for Philippines.