Asia Cup champions Chinese Taipei qualify for inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup along with 2nd Place Japan, 3rd Place Korea

Asia Cup champions Chinese Taipei qualify for inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup along with 2nd Place Japan, 3rd Place Korea
19/08/2022
The top-ranked baseball nations in Asia will participate in the inaugural five-on-five Baseball5 World Cup in Mexico City this November.

Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea qualified for the inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup after finishing as the top three teams at the Baseball5 Asia Cup at the Ballroom of Berjaya Times Square Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.

Chinese Taipei won the tournament by beating Japan 2-1 (3-2; 2-5;12-9) in the championship game.

“We selected this team from 64 University players comprising baseball and softball players who attended trials and selected the team of 8 players to attend a 10-day camp before coming here,” said Kuo Yung-Chin, the manager and head coach of Chinese Taipei who had average age of 22. “Under the circumstances, we have done well very and this team certainly has great future. It is great to be number one in Asia for Baseball5.”

Chinese Taipei and Japan swept the semifinal series against Hong Kong and Korea respectively, advancing to the final and earning two of three Asia spots in the World Cup.

Korea won the bronze medal series against Hong Kong, 2-0 (3-1; 9-8) and became the third Asian National Team to secure a Baseball5 World Cup berth.

Baseball5 Asia Cup Final Standings

  • 1. Chinese Taipei
  • 2. Japan
  • 3. Korea
  • 4. Hong Kong
  • 5. Malaysia
  • 6. Singapore
  • 7. Thailand
  • 8. Philippines
  • 9. Pakistan

Eleven of the 12 National Teams participating in the first WBSC Baseball5 World Cup have now qualified after the teams from the Americas were also confirmed:

  • Africa (2) Kenya, South Africa
  • Americas (3): Cuba, host Mexico, Venezuela
  • Asia (3) Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea
  • Europe (2) France, Lithuania
  • Oceania (1) Australia
  • Wild Card (1) To be determined

The WBSC Baseball5 World Cup is scheduled from 7 to 13 November in Mexico City.