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Top nations prepare for WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup

Japan, Argentina, Canada and Australia took part in a warm-up tournament against some of the premier softball teams in the Manawatu region.

Four of the world’s top-five ranked men’s softball nations took part in a warm-up tournament for the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup this past weekend at Colquhoun Park in Palmerston North.

No. 1 ranked Japan, No. 2 ranked Argentina, Canada ranked No. 4 and world No. 5 Australia took on four Manawatu Softball Association Premier competition sides; Blue Sox, Huia, Kingswood and Wanganui.

Japan went unbeaten in their four games, and defeated Kingswood 5-1 in the final.

Australia finished the tournament with a 2-1 record after victories over Argentina and Blue Sox, while Canada and Argentina each recorded one win, one loss and one draw from their three group games.


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Argentina, Australia and Canada will do battle in Group A of the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, while Japan takes on the likes of host nation and world No. 3 New Zealand in Group B.

The U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup will begin on Saturday with a match-up between world No. 11 Denmark and world no. 21 Guatemala at 11am NZDT.