Baseball/Softball initiative "Asoball" a huge hit in Japanese kindergartens

Baseball/Softball initiative "Asoball" a huge hit in Japanese kindergartens
27/01/2023
Asoball is a baseball-type experience programme "to nurture baseball/softball talent among toddlers and preschoolers" and which can also be played by parents.
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Baseball, softball feature on the programme of the Central American and Caribbean Games

Baseball, softball feature on the programme of the Central American and Caribbean Games
26/01/2023
The baseball tournament is scheduled from 25 June to 1 July, while the softball tournaments will run from 25 to 28 June (women's) and from 4 to 7 July (men's).
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South Africa qualify for XIV WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup

South Africa qualify for XIV WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup
25/01/2023
The South African squad prevailed over host Uganda in a seven-game series, 4-3, and became the third qualified nation for the XIV WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup.
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Olympian Valerie Arioto among nine new inductees into USA Softball Hall of Fame

Olympian Valerie Arioto among nine new inductees into USA Softball Hall of Fame
23/01/2023
The inductees are set to be enshrined at the 42nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 28 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center.
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Softball Canada names roster for WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup

Softball Canada names roster for WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup
18/01/2023
Five of these players are veterans of the U-19 Canadian team that finished fourth in the World Cup 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada; while four represented Canada in the WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup 2020 in New Zealand.
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Mizuno unveils new, more sustainable official softball for WBSC Softball World Cups

Mizuno unveils new, more sustainable official softball for WBSC Softball World Cups
18/01/2023
Through the WBSC-Mizuno partnership, that runs through to 2025, the Japan-based company is appointed as the official softball and umpire equipment supplier for all WBSC softball events, including Men’s and Women’s Softball World Cups.
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World No. 2 Canada unveil preliminary roster, target gold medal at WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup on home soil

World No. 2 Canada unveil preliminary roster, target gold medal at WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup on home soil
17/01/2023
Prince Albert, Canada, will host a Men’s Softball World Cup group in 2024 and the Finals in 2025.
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France reaches new record in registered baseball and softball players

France reaches new record in registered baseball and softball players
17/01/2023
Participation numbers in France climbed to 14,654, a 7% increase from 2021. Female athletes are 22.1%.
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2022 in Review - Top Stories of the Year

2022 in Review - Top Stories of the Year
16/01/2023
The top stories in 2022, a year in which baseball and softball returned with a full international events calendar and the introduction of new, exciting disciplines.
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Prince Albert, Canada to host WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup Group, Finals

Prince Albert, Canada to host WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup Group, Finals
10/01/2023
Prime Ministers Park, which was improved with a CAD$1.5 million renovation for the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018, will host the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in 2024 (group stage) and 2025 (Finals).
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Haylie McCleney, USA Softball Women’s National Team named World Games Athlete, Team of the Year Awards candidates

Haylie McCleney, USA Softball Women’s National Team named World Games Athlete, Team of the Year Awards candidates
05/01/2023
The winners will be announced on 31st January, after an online voting process. You can give your votes to the candidates on The World Games website.
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XVII Women’s Softball World Cup: Group C’s hosts Italy open training camp in Florida

XVII Women’s Softball World Cup: Group C’s hosts Italy open training camp in Florida
03/01/2023
Italy will host the XVII WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Group C in Castions di Strada & Butrio, from 22-26 July 2023; and the Finals in 2024.
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WBSC Softball World Rankings: Argentina, USA close 2022 on top of men's & women’s rankings

WBSC Softball World Rankings: Argentina, USA close 2022 on top of men's & women’s rankings
31/12/2022
For the first time in history Argentina close the year as World No. 1 in the men’s chart; while USA remain as the top-ranked nation in the world in the women’s ranking.
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2022 Year in Review: A year rich in development

2022 Year in Review: A year rich in development
28/12/2022
An overview of development initiatives which include field construction and renovation in Spain, Serbia, Burkina Faso and Japan.
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2022 Year in Review: Men’s, Women’s softball world champions crowned in the same year for the first time in history

2022 Year in Review: Men’s, Women’s softball world champions crowned in the same year for the first time in history

Burkina Faso opens 2022-23 season with mixed-gender softball game

Burkina Faso opens 2022-23 season with mixed-gender softball game
20/12/2022
All teams of the capital city Ouagadougou participated in the event on 18 December.
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ITA conducts anti-doping education activities during WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup

ITA conducts anti-doping education activities during WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup
16/12/2022
In total 80 athletes, eight coaches and 10 other officials and event organisers listened to the educational presentation.
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Dates, groups unveiled for XVII WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup; first to be played under new Two-Stage format

Dates, groups unveiled for XVII WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup; first to be played under new Two-Stage format
15/12/2022
The XVII WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup will open next year with a new Two-Stage format. Group A will compete in Dublin, Ireland from 11-15 July; followed by Group B in Valencia, Spain, from 18-22 July; and Group C in Castions di Strada & Buttrio, Italy, from 22-26 July.
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Softball star Jocelyn Alo named Sports Illustrated Female Athlete of the Year

Softball star Jocelyn Alo named Sports Illustrated Female Athlete of the Year
14/12/2022
The member of the USA Softball National Team ended her college career as the all-time home run leader and this year won her second consecutive national title with Oklahoma in June.
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WBSC signs MOU with VIRTUS - International Sports Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment

WBSC signs MOU with VIRTUS - International Sports Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment
12/12/2022
The WBSC will include a new intellectual impairment class as part of future events.
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WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup MVP Yuan-Tsi Tien, All-World Team awarded during closing ceremony

WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup MVP Yuan-Tsi Tien, All-World Team awarded during closing ceremony
11/12/2022
The All-World Team was also unveiled with all five participating teams represented. In total, six girls were included in the All-World Team, joined by five boys.
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Chinese Taipei win back-to-back U-12 Softball World Cup titles

Chinese Taipei win back-to-back U-12 Softball World Cup titles
11/12/2022
The II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup medal games both went to extra innings, with Chinese Taipei defending their title against the Czech Republic and Singapore winning bronze. It was the first title for Chinese Taipei since 2019 and for the Czech Republic it was their best ever finish in a WBSC tournament while for Singapore, it was their first ever medal.
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U-12 Softball World Cup Final: Liang scores title-winning run in Chinese Taipei’s 3-2 victory over Czech Republic

U-12 Softball World Cup Final: Liang scores title-winning run in Chinese Taipei’s 3-2 victory over Czech Republic
11/12/2022
Chinese Taipei retained the WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup title with an exciting 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic, who claimed their first silver medal in a WBSC tournament, improving on their previous finish of bronze in the 2019 edition.
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U-12 Softball World Cup: See sparks Singapore’s extra-inning win to take bronze

U-12 Softball World Cup: See sparks Singapore’s extra-inning win to take bronze
11/12/2022
Edwin See's single loaded the bases that was key to Singapore's three-run score in the extra inning to win the bronze medal at the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup.
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WBSC Men's Softball World Cup - A Tournament to Remember

WBSC Men's Softball World Cup - A Tournament to Remember
11/12/2022
The WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022 featured impressive global media coverage, especially in the Philippines where the highlights of their national team's victory over Denmark passed 1.2m views on Facebook.
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Czech Republic to challenge Chinese Taipei in U-12 Softball World Cup final

Czech Republic to challenge Chinese Taipei in U-12 Softball World Cup final
10/12/2022
The II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup will reach its final day on Sunday, with the 2019 bronze medallists Czech Republic facing the hosts and defending champions Chinese Taipei in the gold medal game, and newcomers Singapore and Hong Kong playing for the bronze medal.
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Chinese Taipei’s two Wus wield home runs against Singapore to confirm title defence

Chinese Taipei’s two Wus wield home runs against Singapore to confirm title defence
10/12/2022
Chinese Taipei will bid for a second straight WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup title after completing a 15-0 semifinal win against Singapore. Chinese Taipei recorded three home runs, including an out-of-the-park homer by Yu-Yang Wu.
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Four players rack up multiple hits as Czech Republic beat Hong Kong to reach final

Four players rack up multiple hits as Czech Republic beat Hong Kong to reach final
10/12/2022
Natalie Budinova had two hits and three RBIs to lead Czech Republic to its first WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup final appearance, following their victory over Hong Kong.
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Singapore beat India to complete semifinal line-up

Singapore beat India to complete semifinal line-up
10/12/2022
Singapore will face off against Chinese Taipei in the semifinals after their quarterfinal win over India on Saturday morning.
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Czech Republic, Hong Kong set for semifinal clash; Singapore and India duel for last final four spot

Czech Republic, Hong Kong set for semifinal clash; Singapore and India duel for last final four spot
09/12/2022
The Czech Republic and Chinese Taipei beat India on Friday. Hong Kong reached the semifinals after winning by a single-run difference against Singapore. Singapore and India will vie for the final spot in the semifinals on Saturday morning.
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Chinese Taipei hit six home runs in impressive victory against India

Chinese Taipei hit six home runs in impressive victory against India
09/12/2022
Six inside-the-park home runs highlighted the victory of Chinese Taipei in their sweep of the Opening Round of the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup.
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Hong Kong hold off Singapore’s late rally to triumph 7-6

Hong Kong hold off Singapore’s late rally to triumph 7-6
09/12/2022
Singapore outhit Hong Kong 5-2, but the East Asian squad still prevailed 7-6 to secure third place in the Opening Round of the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup.
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Slanska’s solid hitting boosts Czech Republic win over India

Slanska’s solid hitting boosts Czech Republic win over India
09/12/2022
Czech Republic played a solid hitting game maiking 16-out-of-23 hits to claim the bounce back win in the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup.
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WBSC and Chinese Taipei Softball Association empower India with softball equipment support

WBSC and Chinese Taipei Softball Association empower India with softball equipment support
09/12/2022
The softball helmets were handed over before the game of India and the Czech Republic at the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup in Jin-Long Stadium in Taichung City, Taiwan.
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Chinese Taipei move to top spot with back-to-back wins in U-12 Softball World Cup

Chinese Taipei move to top spot with back-to-back wins in U-12 Softball World Cup
08/12/2022
Chinese Taipei are in solo first place in the standings after completing back-to-back victories on the second day, securing a semifinal berth in the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup.
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En-Shi Hsu leads Chinese Taipei to win over Czech Republic

En-Shi Hsu leads Chinese Taipei to win over Czech Republic
08/12/2022
Chinese Taipei won two-out-of-two games on Day 2. The host team's victory over Czech Republic put them on top of the standings.
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Li-Cheng Liang hits home run as Chinese Taipei beat Hong Kong

Li-Cheng Liang hits home run as Chinese Taipei beat Hong Kong
08/12/2022
Li-Cheng Liang bolstered the offence of Chinese Taipei with a late third-inning home run.
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Krystof Roll rallies Czech Republic past Singapore

Krystof Roll rallies Czech Republic past Singapore
08/12/2022
Czech Republic recorded their second victory in the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup. Krystoff Roll had one run, two hits and two RBIs, while teammates Daniel Mach and Sebastian Mckeon logged two runs each.
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David Weiss’ inside-the-park homer highlights Hong Kong victory over India

David Weiss’ inside-the-park homer highlights Hong Kong victory over India
08/12/2022
Hong Kong's aggressive hitting and base-running gave them the advantage over India to earn their first win in the U-12 Softball World Cup. Gabriel Wan, Ching Chan and David Weiss were the top performers for Hong Kong.
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China Softball League’s historic first season ends in Shaoxing as Zhejiang wins the title

China Softball League’s historic first season ends in Shaoxing as Zhejiang wins the title
07/12/2022
Nine teams participated in the newly created competition, playing 32 regular-season games each in two stages. The first stage was held in July, with the second played in November, both at the Shaoxing Baseball (Softball) Sports Culture Center.
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Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic claim wins, Singapore split win-loss on U-12 Softball World Cup opening day

Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic claim wins, Singapore split win-loss on U-12 Softball World Cup opening day
07/12/2022
Chinese Taipei and the Czech Republic share first place on Day 1, while Singapore are in third place. Sheng-Zhi Wu's three-run homer and Marketa Svecova's great pitching were the top performances of the day.
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Sheng-Zhi Wu wows with three-run homer to lift Chinese Taipei in win over Singapore

Sheng-Zhi Wu wows with three-run homer to lift Chinese Taipei in win over Singapore
07/12/2022
Chinese Taipei claimed a 18-0 opening day win against Singapore. The visiting side dropped their second game, following their tournament-opening win over India in the morning.
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Svecova shines in Czech Republic win over Hong Kong

Svecova shines in Czech Republic win over Hong Kong
07/12/2022
Czech Republic pitcher Marketa Svecova had 10 strikeouts allowing only three bases on balls.
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Singapore claim U-12 Softball World Cup opening game win against India

Singapore claim U-12 Softball World Cup opening game win against India
07/12/2022
Singapore opened the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup with a triumph. Nine Singaporean players combined for the 12 total runs.
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Where to watch the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup

Where to watch the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup
07/12/2022
Fans will be able to watch the 15 games of the II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup through the WBSC's exclusive online video platform, GameTime.
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II U-12 Softball World Cup Press Conference: Team Profiles and Quotes

II U-12 Softball World Cup Press Conference: Team Profiles and Quotes
06/12/2022
The II WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup press conference took place in Taichung City on the eve of the tournament. The head coaches shared their thoughts on the competition, where Chinese Taipei are aiming to defend their title won in 2019.
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Australia are WBSC Men's Softball World Champions, beating four-time winners Canada, USA claim bronze

Australia are WBSC Men's Softball World Champions, beating four-time winners Canada, USA claim bronze
04/12/2022
The silver medal makes Canada the most successful team in the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup with 13 medals - four gold, six silver and four bronze - one ahead of New Zealand on 13.
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Marshall Kronk named MVP, five teams represented in All-World Team

Marshall Kronk named MVP, five teams represented in All-World Team
04/12/2022
“To be named the MVP is unbelievable, it’s pretty special. Just winning the world championship is greater than any other individual, I’m speechless,” said Kronk after the closing ceremony. “This title is very special. It’s been 13 years since the last tournament, and coach Bob Harrow passed this year, so it’s very special to win for him.”
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WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup Finals Day - As It Happened

WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup Finals Day - As It Happened
04/12/2022
World Championship Final: Australia beat Canada to win second title. USA claimed fourth bronze medal after beating defending champions Argentina 2-0.
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Brad Kilpatrick’s shutout gives USA bronze medal at XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Brad Kilpatrick’s shutout gives USA bronze medal at XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
04/12/2022
It’s USA’s first medal in 22 years. The last time the US squad reached the podium in the Men’s Softball World Cup was also a bronze in East London, South Africa, in 2000.
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Men’s Softball World Cup Super Round Final Day: Australia beat Argentina in tiebreaker, book spot in final v Canada; USA v Argentina for bronze

Men’s Softball World Cup Super Round Final Day: Australia beat Argentina in tiebreaker, book spot in final v Canada; USA v Argentina for bronze
03/12/2022
Another amazing day's play - with the last two games going to tiebreakers - to determine the teams for the last two games plus Placement Round games. World Championship Final: Australia v Canada at 16:00 on Sunday. Bronze Medal Game: USA v Argentina at 13:00 on Sunday.
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Australia win thriller against Argentina, set up World Championship Final against Canada

Australia win thriller against Argentina, set up World Championship Final against Canada
03/12/2022
Australia defeated Argentina 2-0, in eight innings, and will play on Sunday against Canada for the title of world champion. It's the first time that Australia and Canada will play off for the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup title.
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Japan beat Czech Republic in 10-inning thriller to finish seventh

Japan beat Czech Republic in 10-inning thriller to finish seventh
03/12/2022
Silver medallists from 2019, Japan’s seventh place finish is the third time they’ve recorded such a finish but the first time since 1980. The other being in the first edition in 1966.
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Hosts New Zealand close World Cup campaign with 2-1 victory over Denmark

Hosts New Zealand close World Cup campaign with 2-1 victory over Denmark
03/12/2022
The New Zealand Black Sox scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh after an defensive error by the Danish defense.
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Justine Rosales sparks Philippines win over South Africa

Justine Rosales sparks Philippines win over South Africa
03/12/2022
Julius Diaz (pictured) scored on a Jerome Bacarisas double to centre field in the top of the seventh.
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Canada advance to World Championship Final as Sean Cleary flirts with perfect game in win over Cuba

Canada advance to World Championship Final as Sean Cleary flirts with perfect game in win over Cuba
03/12/2022
Cleary pitched 6.2 perfect innings to start the game, and was one strike away from the perfect game.
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Kilpatrick leads USA to victory against Venezuela to play for bronze

Kilpatrick leads USA to victory against Venezuela to play for bronze
03/12/2022
Bradley Kilpatrick took care of the pitching, while five USA players combined for five runs to lead the five-time champions to play the bronze medal game after they beat Venezuela in the Super Round.
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Men's Softball World Cup Super Round Day 2 - Argentina take pole position in race to World Championship Game

Men's Softball World Cup Super Round Day 2 - Argentina take pole position in race to World Championship Game
02/12/2022
The second day of the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022 Super Round and Placement Round action has been full of more great action and drama at Rosedale Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Hikaru Matsuda homers, pitches Japan to win against New Zealand

Hikaru Matsuda homers, pitches Japan to win against New Zealand
02/12/2022
Matsuda hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and tossed five innings to lead his team to victory.
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Denmark homers Philippines to victory over Denmark

Denmark homers Philippines to victory over Denmark
02/12/2022
Denmark Bathan hit one of two homers, which sent the Philippines over Denmark
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Manuel Godoy’s three RBI lift Argentina past Canada in key Super Round game

Manuel Godoy’s three RBI lift Argentina past Canada in key Super Round game
02/12/2022
Argentina remain as the only undefeated team and now lead the Super Round standings with a 4-0 record.
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Vaillant’s triple treats Cuba to 4-1 win over Venezuela

Vaillant’s triple treats Cuba to 4-1 win over Venezuela
02/12/2022
Anibal Vaillant's valliant effort featuring an RBI triple led to the Cuban 4-1 victory against Venezuela in the sixth inning.
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Australia win spectacular slugfest, beat USA 12-9

Australia win spectacular slugfest, beat USA 12-9
02/12/2022
The two teams combined for six home runs, in an afteroon marked by multiple changes in the lead.
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Vojtech Forman and Marek Maly smash two-run homers as Czech Republic beat South Africa

Vojtech Forman and Marek Maly smash two-run homers as Czech Republic beat South Africa
02/12/2022
Marek Maly and Vojtech Forman opened and closed the game with two-run homers in Czech Republic's victory over South Africa on Friday. Forman closed out the game with a home run for the second time in two games, following Thursday's victory over Denmark.
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Men's Softball World Cup: Argentina and Canada lead the way as Super Round Day 1 complete

Men's Softball World Cup: Argentina and Canada lead the way as Super Round Day 1 complete
01/12/2022
The first of three days of Men's Softball World Cup Super Round action took place on Thursday at Rosedale Park in Auckland, New Zealand with the top four teams to play off for medals on Sunday. Argentina beat Venezuela, Australia and Canada were too good for Cuba and USA respectively in Super Round action; Placement Round - New Zealand beat South Africa, Japan overcame the Philippines and Czech Republic beat Denmark.
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New Zealand bounce back with 7-0 win against South Africa in Placement Round opener

New Zealand bounce back with 7-0 win against South Africa in Placement Round opener
01/12/2022
Josh Pettett tossed the complete game shutout for New Zealand, giving up one hit and three walks while striking out 10.
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Alan Peker two-run homer closes out 6-3 win for Argentina over Venezuela

Alan Peker two-run homer closes out 6-3 win for Argentina over Venezuela
01/12/2022
Alan Peker scored his third home run in the tournament to help seal Argentina victory over Venezuela.
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Adam Folkard, Jack Besgrove combine to no-hit Cuba in Australia’s 3-0 win

Adam Folkard, Jack Besgrove combine to no-hit Cuba in Australia’s 3-0 win
01/12/2022
Veteran superstar Adam Folkard started for Australia and tossed four almost perfect innings. He only hit a batter in the top of the fourth, the only Cuban to reach base in that span of the game.
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Kazuya Toriyama big game powers Japan past Philippines

Kazuya Toriyama big game powers Japan past Philippines
01/12/2022
Kazuyo Toriyama had three hits in the tournament prior to the Philippines game where he doubled his tally.
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Brian Abrey’s RBI gives Canada a come-from-behind win over USA to open Super Round play

Brian Abrey’s RBI gives Canada a come-from-behind win over USA to open Super Round play
01/12/2022
Abrey brought in the game-winning run with a line drive double to left center field in the sixth inning.
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Vojtech Forman’s grand slam rallies Czech Republic triumph over Denmark

Vojtech Forman’s grand slam rallies Czech Republic triumph over Denmark
01/12/2022
Vojtech Forman hit a grand slam, capping the Czech Republic's 7-2 win over Denmark. The two sides had met in the 2021 European Championship final, which Czech Republic won.
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Super Round schedule announced for XVII Men’s Softball World Cup

Super Round schedule announced for XVII Men’s Softball World Cup
30/11/2022
The medal games are scheduled for Sunday, 4 December. The bronze medal game will start at 13:00, while the World Championship final will follow at 16:00.
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Men’s Softball World Cup Day 5: Cuba and Venezuela join Argentina, Canada, USA, Australia in Super Round

Men’s Softball World Cup Day 5: Cuba and Venezuela join Argentina, Canada, USA, Australia in Super Round
30/11/2022
The final day of the Men's Softball World Cup Opening Round at Rosedale Park in Auckland, New Zealand saw Cuba beat the hosts in a nine-inning tiebreaker to confirm a Group A Super Round spot along with Venezuela in Group B.
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Alain Roman’s masterpiece sends Cuba to Super Round after 1-0 drama against New Zealand

Alain Roman’s masterpiece sends Cuba to Super Round after 1-0 drama against New Zealand
30/11/2022
Alain Roman outpitched Daniel Chapman in a memorable nine-inning pitching duel that decided the third place in Group A.
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Canada uses the long ball to knock out Japan, advance undefeated to Super Round

Canada uses the long ball to knock out Japan, advance undefeated to Super Round
30/11/2022
The red and white squad belted three home runs to defeat Japan 9-2 on Day 5 of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup.
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Argentina clinch top spot in Group A with 5-3 win over USA, advance undefeated to Super Round

Argentina clinch top spot in Group A with 5-3 win over USA, advance undefeated to Super Round
30/11/2022
Argentina advance to the Super Round with a 2-0 record, while USA will open the next round with an even 1-1 mark.
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Venezuela beat Denmark in 8-3, qualify for Super Round

Venezuela beat Denmark in 8-3, qualify for Super Round
30/11/2022
Venezuela started the game knowing they had to beat Denmark if Japan won their game against Canada but the world No. 2 lost to undefeated Canada, which sent Venezuela through to the Super Round
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Buchner blasts home run to spark Czech Republic triumph over Philippines

Buchner blasts home run to spark Czech Republic triumph over Philippines
30/11/2022
Buchner had two hits, two runs and two RBIs to spark Czech Republic's offence, while three pitchers limited the Philippines to only three hits and one run in the game.
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Kronk homer tops 10-run first inning in Australian 15-0 win over South Africa

Kronk homer tops 10-run first inning in Australian 15-0 win over South Africa
30/11/2022
Marshall Kronk, James Todhunter and Julian Jemmott each grabbed a home run in Australia's 15-0 win over South Africa in three innings.
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Media accreditation now open for WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup in Taiwan

Media accreditation now open for WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup in Taiwan

Men’s Softball World Cup Day 4: Argentina, USA confirm Super Round spot, Venezuela beat Japan in crucial Group B game while South Africa claims first win

Men’s Softball World Cup Day 4: Argentina, USA confirm Super Round spot, Venezuela beat Japan in crucial Group B game while South Africa claims first win
29/11/2022
Day 4 of the Men's Softball World Cup saw USA, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, Venezuela and New Zealand win.
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Teams, schedule announced for WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup in Taiwan

Teams, schedule announced for WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup in Taiwan
29/11/2022
Five teams will compete in the second edition of the WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup: Czech Republic, Hong Kong China, India, Singapore and host Chinese Taipei.
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New Zealand take five-inning win against Philippines, set up elimination game against Cuba

New Zealand take five-inning win against Philippines, set up elimination game against Cuba
29/11/2022
In the bottom of the first, the Black Sox took control of the game with Makea’s swing, who smashed a three-run home run to left field to plate Cole Evans and Ben Enoka.
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Eudomar Toyo and Erwin Diaz lead Venezuela to victory against Japan

Eudomar Toyo and Erwin Diaz lead Venezuela to victory against Japan
29/11/2022
Venezuela's combined pitching and hitting efforts helped secure a 3-1 win against a tough Japanese side. Eudomar Toyo gave up just one run on seven hits, while teammate Erwin Diaz powered the offence with two RBIs.
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Argentina clinch Super Round spot with 8-1 win against Czech Republic

Argentina clinch Super Round spot with 8-1 win against Czech Republic
29/11/2022
A balanced offensive effort allowed the South Americans to claim their fourth win in a row in the tournament.
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Croft crushes three-run home run to secure South Africa win over Denmark

Croft crushes three-run home run to secure South Africa win over Denmark
29/11/2022
Tyler Croft helped South Africa with a three-run homer to take the lead and eventually win their first game in the XVII WBSC Men's' Softball World Cup.
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Cleary’s arm, Mayson’s bat stand out in Canada’s 6-0 win against Australia

Cleary’s arm, Mayson’s bat stand out in Canada’s 6-0 win against Australia
29/11/2022
Cleary tossed a complete game shutout giving up only two hits while striking out 11 opponents. It’s his second win of the tournament.
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Jonathan Lynch lifts USA past Cuba

Jonathan Lynch lifts USA past Cuba
29/11/2022
Jonathan Lynch contributed two runs, two hits and two RBIs in USA's victory against Cuba in the XVII WBSC Men's Softball World Cup.
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Men's Softball World Cup Day 3: Argentina pull off incredible comeback to beat NZ 11-5; Australia and Canada through to Super Round; Czech Republic beat USA for first time

Men's Softball World Cup Day 3: Argentina pull off incredible comeback to beat NZ 11-5; Australia and Canada through to Super Round; Czech Republic beat USA for first time
28/11/2022
The WBSC Men's Softball World Cup at Rosedale Park in Auckland, New Zealand continued to deliver more drama and entertainment with day three seeing the Czech Republic beat USA for the first time and Argentina come from 5-1 down in the seventh to beat hosts New Zealand in extra innings. Australia, Canada, Cuba and Japan all win.
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Down to the last out, Argentina come back to defeat New Zealand in nine-inning thiller

Down to the last out, Argentina come back to defeat New Zealand in nine-inning thiller
28/11/2022
The defending world champions scored four in the seventh inning to tie the game, and two inning later exploded with six runs to clinch the win in a dramatic game.
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Morita collects two RBIs in Japan’s bounce back win over Denmark

Morita collects two RBIs in Japan’s bounce back win over Denmark
28/11/2022
Japan recovered from their loss to Australia with a 3-0 victory over Denmark. Yusuke Morita had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Japanese team.
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Australia’s Jack Besgrove tosses no-hitter in 6-0 win over Venezuela

Australia’s Jack Besgrove tosses no-hitter in 6-0 win over Venezuela
28/11/2022
The left handed pitcher struckout 14 in seven innnings of work, issuing three walks.
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Yesander Rodriguez’s homer powers Cuban 3-1 win over Philippines

Yesander Rodriguez’s homer powers Cuban 3-1 win over Philippines
28/11/2022
Cuba recorded their second win in the tournament after beating South Africa on Sunday. Yesander Rodriguez opened the scoring for Cuba with a crushing home run.
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Michal Holobradek goes the distance to pitch Czech Republic past USA 6-3 in historic win

Michal Holobradek goes the distance to pitch Czech Republic past USA 6-3 in historic win
28/11/2022
The Czech pitcher recorded 10 strikeouts, while allowing eight hits, three runs and three walks. It is the first time the Czech Republic beat USA in five attempts at a WBSC Men's Softball World Cup.
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Canada beat South Africa 11-0 behind Sebastian’s dominant pitching

Canada beat South Africa 11-0 behind Sebastian’s dominant pitching
28/11/2022
Ty Sebastian showed masterclass pitching, while his teammates performed great offence against South Africa to earn their third consecutive win in the XVII WBSC Men's Softball World Cup.
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Czech Republic roster unveiled for WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup

Czech Republic roster unveiled for WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup
28/11/2022
Czech Republic finished third in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2019, winning the nation’s first ever medal in a Softball World Cup.
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Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 - Day 2: Australia claim stunning 6-5 win over Japan in the eighth; USA in big win over New Zealand; Argentina, Canada, Venezuela and Cuba also record wins

Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 - Day 2: Australia claim stunning 6-5 win over Japan in the eighth; USA in big win over New Zealand; Argentina, Canada, Venezuela and Cuba also record wins
27/11/2022
Earlier in the day USA beat New Zealand 7-0, Argentina too good for the Philippines 6-0; Venezuela beat South Africa 12-1 while Cuba (7-0) and Canada (10-0) kept the Czech Republic and Denmark scoreless respectively
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Australia complete late inning comeback to defeat Japan in extra innings

Australia complete late inning comeback to defeat Japan in extra innings
27/11/2022
Autralia scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the game and scored the game-winning run in the eighth on a triple by Joshua McGovern.
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Alan Peker’s three-run home run highlights Argentina 6-0 victory over Philippines

Alan Peker’s three-run home run highlights Argentina 6-0 victory over Philippines
27/11/2022
After three scoreless innings, Argentina scored three runs each in the fourth and sixth innings to punch another win in their XVII Men's Softball World Cup campaign.
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Blaine Milheim, Erick Ochoa homer as USA beat New Zealand 7-0

Blaine Milheim, Erick Ochoa homer as USA beat New Zealand 7-0
27/11/2022
It’s the first USA win over New Zealand since the world championship final at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 1988 in Saskatoon, Canada, when the North Americans won their fifth and last world title. It's also USA's biggest win ever over New Zealand.
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Rogelio Sequera and Edinson Marrero drive Venezuela’s hit parade against South Africa

Rogelio Sequera and Edinson Marrero drive Venezuela’s hit parade against South Africa
27/11/2022
South Africa scored the first run in the game but were completely overwhelmed by Venezuela in the next four innings highlighted with a string of runs and topped by a home run by Edinson Marrero.
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Four home runs give Canada 10-0 four-inning win over Denmark

Four home runs give Canada 10-0 four-inning win over Denmark
27/11/2022
The game was stopped for almost three hours due to rain at Rosedale Park.
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Savigne’s spectacular homer ignites Cuba’s bounce back win over Czech Republic

Savigne’s spectacular homer ignites Cuba’s bounce back win over Czech Republic
27/11/2022
Cuba had a productive second day to come up with bounce back win over the Czech Republic. Cuban pitchers and batters responded well even with a weather delay.
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Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 - Day 1: Cuba close to Argentina upset, New Zealand wow home crowd, Australia, USA, Canada and Japan pick up impressive wins

Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 - Day 1: Cuba close to Argentina upset, New Zealand wow home crowd, Australia, USA, Canada and Japan pick up impressive wins
26/11/2022
The WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup opening ceremony was stunning with a performance from Maori performing arts group Angitu before WBSC Secretary General Beng Choo Low opened the tournament.
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Hikaru Matsuda, Yusuke Morita power Japan past South Africa

Hikaru Matsuda, Yusuke Morita power Japan past South Africa
26/11/2022
Matsuda went 2-for-3 tonight with three RBI, including a two-run homer in Japan’s six-run third inning.
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Mullins scores on wild pitch, lifts USA past Philippines

Mullins scores on wild pitch, lifts USA past Philippines
26/11/2022
Nick Mullins benefited off a wild pitch by the Philippines' Leo Barred to score the lone run that gave the United States the opening day win in the Men's Softball World Cup. USA utilised three pitchers to keep the Filipino batters in check.
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Juan Zara's swing propels Argentina’s comeback win over Cuba

Juan Zara's swing propels Argentina’s comeback win over Cuba
26/11/2022
Argentina had a late game surge to a snatch a 3-1 comeback against Cuba.
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Nick Shailes collects 4 RBI as Australia tops Denmark in their Men’s Softball World Cup opener

Nick Shailes collects 4 RBI as Australia tops Denmark in their Men’s Softball World Cup opener
26/11/2022
Australia took a three-run lead in the bottom of the first, with a two-RBI single by Joshua White, and then never looked back.
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Ezekiel helps Canada edge Venezuela 3-2 in Men’s Softball World Cup thriller

Ezekiel helps Canada edge Venezuela 3-2 in Men’s Softball World Cup thriller
26/11/2022
World No. 3 Canada started their campaign with a win in the XVII WBSC Men's Softball World Cup.
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Daniel Chapman, Ben Enoka lift New Zealand to first win at WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Daniel Chapman, Ben Enoka lift New Zealand to first win at WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
26/11/2022
New Zealand’s win was preceded by a stunning opening ceremony at Rosedale Park.
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Men’s Softball World Cup Press Conference: Team Profiles and Quotes

Men’s Softball World Cup Press Conference: Team Profiles and Quotes
25/11/2022
The press conference for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 took place on Friday, on the eve of Saturday's start to the tournament. Here's a rundown of each team and quotes from their head coaches, starting with Japan, who is aiming to go one step better than their silver medal finish in the last edition in 2019.
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Records on the line at XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Records on the line at XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
25/11/2022
The VII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 1988 in Saskatoon, Canada, saw players and teams setting most of the individual and team offensive records. Mainly due to the reason that the tournament was played as a single round robin, with each team playing 13 games.
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Monica Abbott, Cole Evans, Maria Soto & Vaclav Svoboda complete WBSC Athletes’ Commission as softball athlete representatives

Monica Abbott, Cole Evans, Maria Soto & Vaclav Svoboda complete WBSC Athletes’ Commission as softball athlete representatives
24/11/2022
The four members were elected by athletes from National Federation members in an electronic vote staged from 1-9 November.
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Multiple teams in medal contention in much-awaited XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Multiple teams in medal contention in much-awaited XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
24/11/2022
The tournament will be played for the first time under the Super Round format, and the number of teams has been reduced from 16 to 12 to increase the parity and level of play of the competition.
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Where to watch the XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Where to watch the XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
24/11/2022
Fans around the world will be able to watch the 50 games of the XVII WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup through the WBSC's exclusive online video platform, GameTime.
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Argentina coach Gamarci thrilled for 'extraordinary' experience of Men's Softball World Cup in New Zealand

Argentina coach Gamarci thrilled for 'extraordinary' experience of Men's Softball World Cup in New Zealand
23/11/2022
“Being in the top four should be the goal of any team with winning aspirations,” Gamarci said.
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WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup - Group B: 22 combined medals, 5 golds

WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup - Group B: 22 combined medals, 5 golds
23/11/2022
Four teams in the group have medalled before in the tournament, with Canada (13), Australia (4), Japan (3) and Venezuela (2) combining for 22 medals (five of them golden).
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WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup - Group A: 23 combined medals, 13 golds

WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup - Group A: 23 combined medals, 13 golds
23/11/2022
Group A includes the two most successful nations in the history of the tournament, New Zealand and USA, and the defending world champions Argentina.
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WBSC and Mizuno extend partnership

WBSC and Mizuno extend partnership
22/11/2022
Mizuno will provide a total of 1,152 balls to be used during the 50 games of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, the greatest men’s softball competition in the world.
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Global Game Podcast - Sorenson looking for strong start for New Zealand

Global Game Podcast - Sorenson looking for strong start for New Zealand
22/11/2022
New Zealand will open the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022 taking on the Czech Republic on Saturday.
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WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022: By the Numbers

WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022: By the Numbers
22/11/2022
The WBSC Men's Softball World Cup begins on 26 November at Rosedale Park, Auckland in New Zealand. A stunning venue for an incredible event, which has some fascinating numbers behind it.
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Home team happy with hit out on eve of WBSC Softball World Cup in New Zealand

Home team happy with hit out on eve of WBSC Softball World Cup in New Zealand
21/11/2022
The International Invitational Tournament held in Palmerston North was the Black Sox's first international hit-out since participating in the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2019.
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USA win Pan American Championship undefeated, advance to Women’s Softball World Cup along with Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

USA win Pan American Championship undefeated, advance to Women’s Softball World Cup along with Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela
21/11/2022
USA beat Canada, 12-1, in the final of the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Cuba earned the bronze medal.
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Australia prevail in final shakedown ahead of WBSC Softball World Cup

Australia prevail in final shakedown ahead of WBSC Softball World Cup
20/11/2022
Australia finished on top of the six-team international invitational tournament in Palmerston North, a lead-up tournament to the WBSC Softball World Cup in Auckland.
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The Global Game Podcast: Men's Softball World Cup on home soil "the pinnacle" - New Zealand Black Sox Head Coach Mark Sorenson

The Global Game Podcast: Men's Softball World Cup on home soil "the pinnacle" - New Zealand Black Sox Head Coach Mark Sorenson
18/11/2022
Sorenson, 55, has won three World Championship titles as skipper of the Black Sox in 1996, 2000 and 2004 as well as one as coach in 2017.
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Yukari Hamamura’s gem, pair of home runs give Bic Camera Takasaki first-ever JD.League title

Yukari Hamamura’s gem, pair of home runs give Bic Camera Takasaki first-ever JD.League title
17/11/2022
Bic Camera Takasaki defeated Toyota Shinning Vega, 2-1, in the final of the Diamond Series. Hamamura pitched the complete game, while Kanna Kudo and Yamato Fujita hit solo shots for the champions.
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Softball World Cup legacy: Palmerston North to host world-class international tournament ahead of WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Softball World Cup legacy: Palmerston North to host world-class international tournament ahead of WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
17/11/2022
Colquhoun Park in Palmerston North hosted the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2020. Competing national teams include current world champions and No. 1 Argentina, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Australia, No. 5 Czechia, and hosts New Zealand - ranked sixth in the world.
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XVII Men’s Softball World Cup - Group A Preview: Three world champions set to battle it out

XVII Men’s Softball World Cup - Group A Preview: Three world champions set to battle it out
16/11/2022
With 12 teams from around the world gathering in Auckland from 26 November to 4 December, here's a rundown of what to expect from each team in Group A. The top three teams from each group will advance to the Super Round.
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XVII Men’s Softball World Cup - Group B Preview: Six of the top-11 nations in the world set for tight contest

XVII Men’s Softball World Cup - Group B Preview: Six of the top-11 nations in the world set for tight contest
16/11/2022
With 12 teams from around the world gathering in Auckland from 26 November to 4 December, here's a rundown of what to expect from the six teams in Group B. The top three teams from each group will advance to the Super Round.
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WBSC invites all Member Federations to join the new edition of the Sport Specific Anti Doping Webinar on 22 November

WBSC invites all Member Federations to join the new edition of the Sport Specific Anti Doping Webinar on 22 November
15/11/2022
Participation is free. The webinar is available in English, Spanish and French and is part of the "Play Ball, Play Fair" campaign run by the WBSC Integrity Unit.
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15 days to go: Meet the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup trophy

15 days to go: Meet the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup trophy
11/11/2022
The trophy was awarded for the first time in 2019 when Argentina took it home after a thrilling win in the final match against Japan.
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Women’s Softball World Cup 2024 Americas Qualifier begins Saturday

Women’s Softball World Cup 2024 Americas Qualifier begins Saturday
10/11/2022
A total of 14 teams aim to qualify for the XVII WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup, which will be played for the first time under the two-stage format.
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WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup merchandise now on sale

WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup merchandise now on sale
05/11/2022
The items offered include hats, T-shirts, tank tops and hoodies branded with the logo of the tournament in different colours and sizes, both for men and women.
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JD.League unveils new trophy as playoffs set to begin on 5 November

JD.League unveils new trophy as playoffs set to begin on 5 November
04/11/2022
The Japan Diamond Softball League presented the champions trophy. Seven teams remain in contention for the title with the playoffs opening on 5 November. The Diamond Series Finals will be held on 13 November at ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba.
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Huemul Mata: Star pitcher "confident" Argentina can retain WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup title

Huemul Mata: Star pitcher "confident" Argentina can retain WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup title
03/11/2022
"We are better physically, the pitching level has increased. We improved in all aspects of the game, and now we find ourselves with more confidence and more optimism to face the other powerhouses like Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Australia,” Mata said.
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European Softball Coaches Association holds camp in the Netherlands

European Softball Coaches Association holds camp in the Netherlands
03/11/2022
Sixty players and coaches attended the five-day event in Diessen. They earned the right to test for the WBSC level 1 coach license.
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Olympian Yuruby Alicart returns to Venezuelan Women’s National Softball Team aiming to lead new generation

Olympian Yuruby Alicart returns to Venezuelan Women’s National Softball Team aiming to lead new generation
02/11/2022
After four years of abscence, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games veteran announced she is back with her national team for the World Cup Americas Qualifier.
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WBSC Softball Athlete Representatives election set to open on 1 November

WBSC Softball Athlete Representatives election set to open on 1 November
31/10/2022
Four athlete representatives will be elected in total - two for women's softball and two for men's softball.
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WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Group Stage: Groups announced for Americas qualifier

WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Group Stage: Groups announced for Americas qualifier
28/10/2022
All games of the tournament will be live-streamed on the WBSC Americas Softball YouTube Channel.
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Veteran pitching staff to lead Cuba in WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Veteran pitching staff to lead Cuba in WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
28/10/2022
The Caribbean nation announced their final roster for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Men’s Softball World Cup - One Month To Go: New Zealand captain Cole Evans expecting ‘exhilarating crowd’ in Auckland

Men’s Softball World Cup - One Month To Go: New Zealand captain Cole Evans expecting ‘exhilarating crowd’ in Auckland
26/10/2022
"Softball supporters are some of the best in the world, especially in New Zealand,” said Evans.
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Seven-time world champs New Zealand unveil roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup on home soil

Seven-time world champs New Zealand unveil roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup on home soil
25/10/2022
The announcement was made live on national television through Whataaka Maori TV, the official broadcaster of the World Cup. Ben Enoka (pictured) is the only player from the 2013 gold-medal team that won the championship in Auckland, 10 years ago.
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Whakaata Māori named official broadcaster of WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022

Whakaata Māori named official broadcaster of WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022
24/10/2022
Whakaata Māori will livestream all games of the tournament on its digital platform MĀORI+ for New Zealand fans. All Black Sox games will also be broadcast live on television. For the rest of the world, fans will be able to watch the 50 games of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup through GameTime.
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Monica Abbott discusses retirement with Japanese media and looks forward to softball at the LA28 Olympic Games

Monica Abbott discusses retirement with Japanese media and looks forward to softball at the LA28 Olympic Games
24/10/2022
“I’ve always said that softball needs to be in the Olympics. As a women’s sport, high pace, fast energy, big rivalries and great story lines… softball belongs in the Olympic Games,” Abbott said.
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Media accreditation now open for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand

Media accreditation now open for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand

Cuba reveal preliminary roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in New Zealand

Cuba reveal preliminary roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in New Zealand
19/10/2022
A total of 24 players were named to the preliminary team for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, to be played in Auckland, New Zealand, from 26 November to 4 December.
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Softball Argentina unveil experienced roster to defend Men’s Softball World Championship in New Zealand

Softball Argentina unveil experienced roster to defend Men’s Softball World Championship in New Zealand
14/10/2022
A total of 13 veterans from the 2019 World Cup winning team roster will travel to Auckland vying to repeat the world title.
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Four-time Olympic softball medallist Tanya Harding inducted into Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Four-time Olympic softball medallist Tanya Harding inducted into Sport Australia Hall of Fame
14/10/2022
Tanya Harding’s contribution to Australian softball spanned 15 years (from 1993 to 2008), more than 50 tournaments and a total of 283 matches, including four consecutive Olympic Games medals: A silver medal in Athens 2004 and three bronzes in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008.
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WBSC Virtual Cup Opening Round ends with record number of entries

WBSC Virtual Cup Opening Round ends with record number of entries
14/10/2022
The dynamic, open-to-the-public eSport tournament completed its pilot debut on September 30, however the number of participants is already breaking records.
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WBSC Men’s U-23 Softball World Cup postponed to 2023

WBSC Men’s U-23 Softball World Cup postponed to 2023
12/10/2022
The bidding process to host the inaugural U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup has been re-opened.
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WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022: New Zealand v Czech Republic to open tournament as groups & schedule confirmed

WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022: New Zealand v Czech Republic to open tournament as groups & schedule confirmed
11/10/2022
The 50-game tournament, slated for 26 November to 4 December, will be played at Rosedale Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
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International softball community mourns the passing of WBSC Softball Umpire Scott Rindfleish

International softball community mourns the passing of WBSC Softball Umpire Scott Rindfleish
11/10/2022
Rindfleish umpired four WBSC World Championships, including the Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2008 in Whitehorse, Canada; the Women’s Softball World Championship 2010 in Venezuela, and the Men’s Softball World Championships 2013 and 2019 in New Zealand and Czech Republic.
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South Africa unveils roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

South Africa unveils roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
07/10/2022
Tidima Kekana, who handled most of the workload of the South African pitching staff in the last two World Cups in 2017 and 2019, is set to play his fifth World Cup and will be the veteran voice in the dugout.
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Monica Abbott to retire from Japanese professional softball league after 2022 season

Monica Abbott to retire from Japanese professional softball league after 2022 season
05/10/2022
The veteran left-handed pitcher announced that the 2022 season will be her last dance in the JD League.
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Michal Holobradek to lead renovated Czech Republic team in quest for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup first medal

Michal Holobradek to lead renovated Czech Republic team in quest for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup first medal
05/10/2022
Michal Holobradek will lead the Czech four-man pitching staff, joined by Jonas Hajny, Lukas Kubat and Marek Maly. Only three players, including Holobradek, repeat from the 2019 Czech team that finished eighth place as host of the World Cup in 2019.
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Erik Urbaneja returns to Venezuela’s extended roster for Men’s Softball World Cup 2022

Erik Urbaneja returns to Venezuela’s extended roster for Men’s Softball World Cup 2022
05/10/2022
The veteran lefty is the most experienced arm in the preliminary list announced to play in New Zealand.
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Santiago 2023 reveals baseball, softball pictograms for Pan Am Games

Santiago 2023 reveals baseball, softball pictograms for Pan Am Games
03/10/2022
Baseball and softball are part of Santiago 2023’s Pan American Sports programme.
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USA unveil national team roster for WBSC Men's Softball World Cup in New Zealand

USA unveil national team roster for WBSC Men's Softball World Cup in New Zealand
30/09/2022
USA will look to add its 10th WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship medal in the top men’s softball global event.
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International Summit on Sport: WBSC President joins world sport's leaders in signing Sport for All Declaration in Vatican City

International Summit on Sport: WBSC President joins world sport's leaders in signing Sport for All Declaration in Vatican City
30/09/2022
The WBSC has put its effort into making baseball/softball more accessible through its flagship parasport Baseball for the Blind, Baseball5 and Wheelchair Softball.
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Palestine: Beach Services Club win women’s softball tournament

Palestine: Beach Services Club win women’s softball tournament
29/09/2022
The team defeated Palestinian Al-Ahly Club in the final with a score of 5-4.
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Adam Folkard, Nick Shailes highlight Australia’s roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand

Adam Folkard, Nick Shailes highlight Australia’s roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand

Hong Kong Softball Association: Wong Chun Cheong elected as new President

Hong Kong Softball Association: Wong Chun Cheong elected as new President
28/09/2022
The HKSA General Meeting was held at the Tianguang Road Softball Stadium on September 25, 2022.
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Sichuan beat Jiangsu to win 2022 Chinese National Softball Championship

Sichuan beat Jiangsu to win 2022 Chinese National Softball Championship
22/09/2022
A total of nine teams competed in the four-day competition.
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Team Beacon (Belize City) wins Belize Women’s Softball National Championship

Team Beacon (Belize City) wins Belize Women’s Softball National Championship
16/09/2022
Team Beacon (Belize City) defeated Play Chune Girls (Belmopan) 5-2 in the final game to clinch the National Championship title. Belize Bank E-kyash Bulldogs captured third place.
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WBSC Coach Licensing Course to be held in conjunction with the ESCA Training Camp

WBSC Coach Licensing Course to be held in conjunction with the ESCA Training Camp
15/09/2022
All the coaches taking part in the course will be tested and, based on their final result, will receive a Level 1 or Level 2 Baseball or Softball License according to the WBSC international standards.
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Canada announces WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 roster

Canada announces WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 roster
10/09/2022
“This line-up will give us best opportunity to get back on top of the podium” stated Canada Men’s National Team Head Coach John Stuart.
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Women’s Softball European Championship to be played in 2024

Women’s Softball European Championship to be played in 2024
08/09/2022
WBSC Europe Board decided to shorten the gap between the Women's Softball European Championship and to organise the next one in 2024
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Japan, Philippines qualify for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, complete field of teams for Auckland

Japan, Philippines qualify for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, complete field of teams for Auckland
06/09/2022
Japan defeated Philippines, 9-2, in the final of the 11th Men’s Softball Asian Cup in Kochi, Japan, to win the continental title.
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Japan, Singapore qualify out of Asia for WBSC U-23 Men's Softball World Cup

Japan, Singapore qualify out of Asia for WBSC U-23 Men's Softball World Cup
02/09/2022
World No. 2 Japan dominated in the three-team Asia Cup. No.2 Singapore came from behind to beat No. 16 India, 3-2, on the final day and earned the second spot. The Men's Softball Asia Cup is to start on 3 September.
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Yukiko Ueno: Olympics is a major platform and inspiration for softball

Yukiko Ueno: Olympics is a major platform and inspiration for softball
01/09/2022
"Whether softball is on the Olympic programme or not makes a big difference," Ueno said during the second part of an interview with the legendary two-time softball Olympic gold medallist.
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Watch for free: WBSC to live stream Men's, U-23 Softball Asia Cups

Watch for free: WBSC to live stream Men's, U-23 Softball Asia Cups
31/08/2022
The tournaments will run from 1 to 6 September and be available through the official WBSC YouTube channel and Facebook page. WBSC's in-house media company BASE also earned broadcasting rights to the Baseball Holland Series.
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Six-team Palestinian Women's Softball Championship underway

Six-team Palestinian Women's Softball Championship underway
31/08/2022
The tournament started in mid-August and will run through the end of September.
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WBSC Secretary-General Beng Choo Low meets Governor of Kochi Prefecture ahead of Men's, U-23 Softball Asia Cups

WBSC Secretary-General Beng Choo Low meets Governor of Kochi Prefecture ahead of Men's, U-23 Softball Asia Cups
30/08/2022
Pictured above, from left: See Kok Wooi (Softball Asia Competitions & Technical Committee chair, Tournament Director), Sally Lim (Secretary General of Softball Asia), Beng Choo Low, Tomori Masanori (Shimanto City Sports Association President), Hamada Seiji (Governor of Kochi Prefecture), Tomoaki Okamoto (Japan Softball Association Executive Director).
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Softball Asia 2023 tournaments announced

Softball Asia 2023 tournaments announced
22/08/2022
“This meeting is very important for us to move forward and get back on track,” said WBSC Secretary General and SA President Beng Choo Low.
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Softball legend Yukiko Ueno interview: What it takes to be the best in the sport

Softball legend Yukiko Ueno interview: What it takes to be the best in the sport
18/08/2022
Ueno was in attendance during the WBSC Congress 2022 in Taiwan, where she received the WBSC Order of the Golden Diamond. The WBSC talked with the 40-year-old pitcher about her career and some of the top moments of her illustrious career, in an interview not to be missed.
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WBSC opens Nomination procedure for Athletes Representatives elections

WBSC opens Nomination procedure for Athletes Representatives elections
15/08/2022
Each Member Federation in good standing can nominate one candidate in each of the four categories by 10 September. The elections are set to take place electronically from 1 to 9 November.
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Four years ago, USA wins Women’s Softball World Championship with walk-off, earns Tokyo 2020 Olympic ticket

Four years ago, USA wins Women’s Softball World Championship with walk-off, earns Tokyo 2020 Olympic ticket
12/08/2022
The WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 was the first Olympic Qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 softball event.
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JD.League Diamond Series 2022 to be played in Chiba in November

JD.League Diamond Series 2022 to be played in Chiba in November
10/08/2022
ZOZO Marine Stadium hosted the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 finals, where USA defeated Japan, 7-6, in an instant classic.
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Softball Membership grows by 2.5% over the last 12 months in Australia

Softball Membership grows by 2.5% over the last 12 months in Australia
09/08/2022
Softball in Australia also experienced 2.05% growth compared to the most recent COVID unaffected membership period in 2019-20.
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Tokyo 2020 legacy: Japan tops USA to close women’s softball series in front of 12,000 fans at Yokohama Stadium

Tokyo 2020 legacy: Japan tops USA to close women’s softball series in front of 12,000 fans at Yokohama Stadium
08/08/2022
More than 12,000 fans attended the Yokohama Stadium to watch the rematch of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Gold Medal Game. The Olympic Champions edged USA, 1-0, winning the Japan All-Star Series two games to one.
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Softball to be included in Indian National Games for the first time ever

Softball to be included in Indian National Games for the first time ever
08/08/2022
The Games -- organised by the Indian Olympic Association, the Sports Authority of India and the host State Government -- will include both men's and women’s softball events.
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USA edges Japan to tie All-Star women’s softball series in Fukushima

USA edges Japan to tie All-Star women’s softball series in Fukushima
07/08/2022
A three-run homer off the bat of Baylee Klingler gave the US the victory in the second game of the series.
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Japan walks it off against USA to open Japan All Star Softball Series

Japan walks it off against USA to open Japan All Star Softball Series
06/08/2022
Left handed Olympian Miu Goto went the distance for Japan and earned the win, allowing five hits and one run, while striking out 13 US batters.
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games rematch: Japan, USA set for three-game softball series in Fukushima and Yokohama

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games rematch: Japan, USA set for three-game softball series in Fukushima and Yokohama
05/08/2022
The three-game series will commence on Saturday at Azuma Stadium in Fukushima, venue of the first two days of the Olympic Softball competition one year ago, before moving on to Yokohama Stadium, host of the Tokyo Olympic gold medal game, for the final game on Monday.
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Asian Games organizing committee conducts baseball/softball webinar

Asian Games organizing committee conducts baseball/softball webinar
04/08/2022
More than 150 local sports authorities attended in person, while more than 300 nationwide sport authorities joined the webinar online. 
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Argentina wins U-23 Men’s Softball Pan Am Championship, qualifies with Mexico, Venezuela, Guatemala to WBSC World Cup

Argentina wins U-23 Men’s Softball Pan Am Championship, qualifies with Mexico, Venezuela, Guatemala to WBSC World Cup
31/07/2022
The top-ranked nation in the world defeated Mexico, 10-3, in the final of the eight-team competition and claimed the first-ever continental title in this age bracket played in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.
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Netherlands clinch Women’s Softball European Championship, advance to World Cup 2024 with Great Britain, Italy

Netherlands clinch Women’s Softball European Championship, advance to World Cup 2024 with Great Britain, Italy
31/07/2022
The Netherlands defeated Great Britain, 7-0, in the final game of the European Championship played in Catalonia, Spain.
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Dates confirmed for WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup 2023

Dates confirmed for WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup 2023
29/07/2022
The WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup 2023 is the inaugural edition of this age-group tournament and will feature the world’s best players from 12 countries.
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Australia names roster for WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup

Australia names roster for WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup
25/07/2022
“We are quietly confident this team can contend for success at the World Cup,” Head Coach Dave Metekingi said.
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8 teams to open WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup Americas qualifier in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela

8 teams to open WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup Americas qualifier in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
22/07/2022
World No. 1 Argentina, No. 8 Mexico, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 13 Guatemala, No. 20 Dominican Republic, No. 27 Colombia, No. 30 Panama and No. 32 Peru will play a single round robin from 23-28 July.
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WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup European qualifier set to open on Sunday in Catalonia, Spain

WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup European qualifier set to open on Sunday in Catalonia, Spain
22/07/2022
The European tournament will take place in Barcelona, Gavà, Sant Boi de Llobregat and Viladecans.
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Kenya latest African country to sign agreement with Japanese organization to grow baseball, softball

Kenya latest African country to sign agreement with Japanese organization to grow baseball, softball
22/07/2022
"I'm confident this agreement will help us develop the game further in Kenya," commented Kenyan baseball leader Titus Mutwiri.
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WBSC Softball Hall of Fame member, Australian Bob Harrow passes away

WBSC Softball Hall of Fame member, Australian Bob Harrow passes away
22/07/2022
The Australian coach led his National Team the the World Championship in Saskatoon 2009, Australia's only world title so far.
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One year ago today: Softball opens Tokyo 2020 Olympics

One year ago today: Softball opens Tokyo 2020 Olympics
21/07/2022
Softball made its Olympic return after being out of the Games for the 2012 and 2016 editions.
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WBSC launches upgraded GameTime video platform, will feature games from World Cups, leagues around the world

WBSC launches upgraded GameTime video platform, will feature games from World Cups, leagues around the world
21/07/2022
The new platform will be available starting with the upcoming WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and will stream all WBSC events and various National Leagues.
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Chilean Women's National Softball Team tops Ukraine to win Basque Country International Cup

Chilean Women's National Softball Team tops Ukraine to win Basque Country International Cup
21/07/2022
The South American nation, which prepares to host the Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games, defeated Ukraine, 5-1, in the final of the four-team competition.
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Monica Abbott: Softball continues to strengthen and grow globally with more nations developing elite programmes

Monica Abbott: Softball continues to strengthen and grow globally with more nations developing elite programmes
19/07/2022
"Playing internationally, being a part of the international game, both with the WBSC and then also at professional leagues, as you spread knowledge throughout it’s a trickle effect,” said Abbott.
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Softball Canada reveals core players for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Softball Canada reveals core players for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
18/07/2022
The list includes10 players. The rest of the squad for the top men’s softball tournament in the world will be announced in mid-September.
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Softball gold medal game draws largest crowd of any sport at The World Games 2022

Softball gold medal game draws largest crowd of any sport at The World Games 2022
15/07/2022
The 10,000+ attendance for softball's gold medal game was two times as large as the second-highest attended event of the multi-sport competition thus far.
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Haylie McCleney named MVP as The World Games All-World Team revealed

Haylie McCleney named MVP as The World Games All-World Team revealed
14/07/2022
The MVP and local outfielder hit .553 with 4 runs and 5 RBI as USA’s everyday leadoff hitter.
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