MELBOURNE — The Baseball Confederation of Oceania, a continental arm of the WBSC, has announced its 2018 competition calendar and hosting nations

The next edition of the U-15 Baseball Oceania Championship has been awarded to Auckland, New Zealand, and will be staged from 18-21 January 2018.

Defending WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup silver medallists Australia will host the U-23 Baseball Oceania Championship 2018 next January in Lismore, New South Wales. Tournament dates are still to be determined, BCO officials reported.

The 2018 BCO continental championships in Auckland and Lismore will serve qualifiers for next year’s WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup® and WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup, respectively.

Australia and New Zealand both represented Oceania at the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016.

Currently, No. 8 Australia is the highest ranked country in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.