New Zealand announce roster for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup in Sao Paulo

New Zealand announce roster for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup in Sao Paulo
28/02/2024
"We know it's going to be incredibly tough to finish top two in our pool to get to the 2025 World Cup Finals but we are excited about the athleticism and potential of the individuals we have selected," said head coach Kiri Shaw.
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World powerhouses Japan, USA to clash in women's softball All-Star Series in July

World powerhouses Japan, USA to clash in women's softball All-Star Series in July
27/02/2024
The three-game series will be played in Nagoya, Fujinomiya and Yokohama in Japan, with a game in each city.
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Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa to contest two tickets to WBSC Men's Softball World Cup

Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa to contest two tickets to WBSC Men's Softball World Cup
27/02/2024
The WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Africa Qualifier is set to begin on Thursday in Limpopo, South Africa.
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Softball Australia announces roster with eight Olympians for women's softball series against Chinese Taipei

Softball Australia announces roster with eight Olympians for women's softball series against Chinese Taipei
26/02/2024
Australia will participate in the WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals in Castions di Strada, Italy from 15 and 21 July.
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Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico get ready for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Americas Qualifiers

Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico get ready for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Americas Qualifiers
23/02/2024
Five weeks away from the tournament's opening day, Brazil and Puerto Rico named their roster for the tournament, while hosts Colombia listed 35 players in their preliminary roster.
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WBSC Men's Softball World Cup: Hong Kong, China announced as wild card entry, to play in Group B in Prince Albert

WBSC Men's Softball World Cup: Hong Kong, China announced as wild card entry, to play in Group B in Prince Albert
22/02/2024
This marks Hong Kong, China's sixth participation in the top men softball competition in the world, and their return to the World Cup after seven years.
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Great Britain to visit OKC Spark eyeing Women's Softball World Cups, European Championship & LA28 Olympics

Great Britain to visit OKC Spark eyeing Women's Softball World Cups, European Championship & LA28 Olympics
21/02/2024
“As our journey towards the LA 2028 Olympic Games continues, the opportunity to play against quality competition becomes vitally important, especially with a group of young athletes," said Great Britain Softball Head of Performance Gary Anderson.
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25 coaches certified at Softball Asia seminar in Thailand

25 coaches certified at Softball Asia seminar in Thailand
21/02/2024
A total of 26 coaches - Bhutan (1), Iraq (1), India (5), Malaysia (10), Singapore (2) and Thailand (7) - attended the seminar.
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Auckland win New Zealand Men's & Women's National Softball Championships

Auckland win New Zealand Men's & Women's National Softball Championships
20/02/2024
New Zealand's National Fastpitch Championships were hosted at Rosedale Park by the North Harbour Softball Association, between 15-18 February.
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Softball Australia announce U-19 women's preliminary roster for 2024

Softball Australia announce U-19 women's preliminary roster for 2024
19/02/2024
Australia will compete in Group C of the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup.
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Swiss Baseball Softball Federation General Assembly welcomes four new members

Swiss Baseball Softball Federation General Assembly welcomes four new members
19/02/2024
President Dagmar Voith Leeman described the 2023 season as successful and highlighted the historic participation in the Baseball European Championship.
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Bruno Motroni grand slam gives Patronato seventh men's softball National Championship in Argentina

Bruno Motroni grand slam gives Patronato seventh men's softball National Championship in Argentina
16/02/2024
A grand slam from the 2019 World Champion Bruno Motroni in the top of the eighth inning was the difference in the final of the tournament.
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Colombia, Cuba name preliminary rosters for WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Americas qualifier

Colombia, Cuba name preliminary rosters for WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Americas qualifier
16/02/2024
The event, which will award five spots to the World Cup, will take place in Sincelejo, Colombia, from 7 to 13 April.
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Colombia to host Americas qualifiers for U-18 Women's Softball World Cup and WBSC Men's Softball World Cup

Colombia to host Americas qualifiers for U-18 Women's Softball World Cup and WBSC Men's Softball World Cup
14/02/2024
The U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Americas qualifier will be held in Monteria, from 30 March to 7 April; while the Men's Softball World Cup Americas qualifier will take place in Sincelejo between 7 and 14 April.
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Australia to tune up for WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals against Chinese Taipei

Australia to tune up for WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals against Chinese Taipei
14/02/2024
The Australian Women's National Softball Team will be playing Chinese Taipei in a six-game series at Blacktown International Sports Park in early March, in the first international softball game on Australian soil since 2020.
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Men's Softball World Cup groups unveiled; World No. 1 Australia to start title defence in Group A

Men's Softball World Cup groups unveiled; World No. 1 Australia to start title defence in Group A
12/02/2024
A total of 10 national teams have booked their tickets to the World Cup. Besides one wild card, an African Qualifier (two available spots), which will take place in South Africa from 29 February to 2 March, and an Americas Qualifier (five available spots) scheduled to be played in April, will decide the seven remaining participants in the biggest men's softball event in the world.
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"Io Sono Friuli Venezia Giulia": WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals promo video released

"Io Sono Friuli Venezia Giulia": WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals promo video released
10/02/2024
The WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Finals will take place in Castions di Strada in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy from 15 to 21 July later this year.
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WBSC Americas Softball holds Congress in Barranquilla, Colombia

WBSC Americas Softball holds Congress in Barranquilla, Colombia
06/02/2024
A total of 22 nations participated in the mid-term congress.
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Stephanie Küpers appointed as Germany U-18 Women's National Softball Team head coach

Stephanie Küpers appointed as Germany U-18 Women's National Softball Team head coach
05/02/2024
Germany is currently ranked No. 19 in the WBSC/KONAMI Women's Softball World Ranking with 646 points. Their highest position ever in the global ranking has been No. 15 from December 2022 to April 2023.
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Groups unveiled for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup

Groups unveiled for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup
02/02/2024
A total of 18 teams will open the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup in three groups of six teams.
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Japan Diamond League unveils schedule for 2024 season

Japan Diamond League unveils schedule for 2024 season
02/02/2024
The pro softball league season will begin on Friday 12 April at Ogaki City Kita Koen Baseball Stadium (Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture) and Denso Bright Pegasus Stadium (Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture).
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The World Games Athlete of the Year 2023: Australian softball star Jack Besgrove finishes in top 10

The World Games Athlete of the Year 2023: Australian softball star Jack Besgrove finishes in top 10
01/02/2024
Besgrove won two World Cups in four months when he helped Australia to their second WBSC Men's Softball World Cup title in December 2022, and led the green and gold to their first-ever WBSC U-23 Men's Softball World Cup in April 2023.
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Hermosillo to host WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Group A in June

Hermosillo to host WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Group A in June
30/01/2024
Hermosillo, in the north western Mexican state of Sonora, will host Group A from 12-16 June 2024.
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2023 - A Year of Firsts

2023 - A Year of Firsts
30/01/2024
The Baseball Champions League was one of a number of milestones for the WBSC in 2023, on and off the field.
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Softball Federation of Pakistan elections: Asif Azeem elected as President

Softball Federation of Pakistan elections: Asif Azeem elected as President
30/01/2024
The election was held during a general meeting at the Karachi Gymkhana sport club in Karachi.
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USA Softball Women's National Team members underline Top 50 Watch List for 2024 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

USA Softball Women's National Team members underline Top 50 Watch List for 2024 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
29/01/2024
Eleven senior and eight USA junior women's national softball team players have been included in the list.
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USA Softball U-18 Women's National Team roster announced to host World Cup group in Dallas

USA Softball U-18 Women's National Team roster announced to host World Cup group in Dallas
29/01/2024
USA, holder of the three women's softball world titles (U-15, U-18, and senior), aims to win its fifth consecutive U-18 Women's Softball World Championship, keeping alive the second-longest current streak of consecutive titles in any WBSC World Cup, second only to Japan's six titles at the Women's Baseball World Cup.
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Austrian Baseball Softball Federation celebrates 40 year anniversary

Austrian Baseball Softball Federation celebrates 40 year anniversary
29/01/2024
National Federation President Rainer Husty remembered the early days: "We started without equipment, playing in parks. We can be proud of what we built."
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Mexican Softball League opens historic season, draws huge crowds

Mexican Softball League opens historic season, draws huge crowds
26/01/2024
A total of 13,408 filled the Mobil Super Stadium in Monterrey for the Sultanes vs Aguilas game. GameTime, the WBSC-owned streaming platform, is broadcasting the Mexican Softball League to the global market outside of Mexico.
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Olympic gold medallists conduct Softball Asia coaching clinic in Malaysia

Olympic gold medallists conduct Softball Asia coaching clinic in Malaysia
26/01/2024
A total of 42 softball coaches and athletes from Hong Kong, China; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore and Chinese Taipei attended the course in Kuala Lumpur.
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GameTime to live-stream Mexican Softball League historic inaugural season

GameTime to live-stream Mexican Softball League historic inaugural season
25/01/2024
Subscribers from around the world (outside of Mexico) will be able to watch 30 games of the LMS regular season.
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WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: "We look ahead to an exciting year" in 2024

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: "We look ahead to an exciting year" in 2024
23/01/2024
The third edition of the WBSC Premier12 highlights an impressive 2024 international baseball/softball events calendar. "It will be a great finale to a very busy year of events," says Fraccari in a video message to the baseball/softball family.
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Hosts Brazil name preliminary roster for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group A

Hosts Brazil name preliminary roster for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group A
18/01/2024
This will be Brazil's seventh participation in the U-18 Women's Softball World Cup (counting the previous Junior Women's World Championships).
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Education remains paramount in WBSC anti-doping campaign

Education remains paramount in WBSC anti-doping campaign
18/01/2024
The WBSC 2021-2014 plan includes monthly webinars in collaboration with the ITA. Registration is open for the first webinar, scheduled for 30 January. The latest list of prohibited substances is available on the WBSC website.
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WBSC Members Handbook: A tool to further boost Member Federations' development

WBSC Members Handbook: A tool to further boost Member Federations' development
17/01/2024
In line with the WBSC Strategic Plan 2022-2028, the WBSC Members Handbook provides guidelines and resources to the members to improve their governance and boost sustainable growth.
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Philippines Softball Association to host clinic for high school, college students

Philippines Softball Association to host clinic for high school, college students
16/01/2024
The Philippines women's softball team had a busy and successful 2023, being the most improved nation in the 2023 WBSC/KONAMI Women's Softball World Ranking, jumping up 17 spots from No. 31 to No. 14.
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Olympia Haarlem win The Cup indoor softball tournament in Netherlands

Olympia Haarlem win The Cup indoor softball tournament in Netherlands
15/01/2024
It was the first tournament of the year in the Netherlands, and served as a preparation for the Softball Hoofdklasse 2024, which is slated to begin on 13 April.
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Australia: Olympian Kaia Parnaby pitches New South Wales to Women's Softball National Title

Australia: Olympian Kaia Parnaby pitches New South Wales to Women's Softball National Title
15/01/2024
Parnaby was named the Player of the Grand Final. The champions filled their roster with Olympians like Parnaby, Michelle Cox, Rachel Lack, Stacey McManus, Gabbie Plain and Taylah Tsitsikronis.
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Pitcher Kagiso Mogale highlights Botswana preliminary roster for WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Africa Qualifier

Pitcher Kagiso Mogale highlights Botswana preliminary roster for WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Africa Qualifier
12/01/2024
A total of 30 players have been included in the list, including Kagiso Mogale, a two-time World Cup pitcher who led Botswana to an eighth-place finish in 2017, making the playoffs for the first and only time.
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Australian WBSC Softball Umpire Andrew Rindfleish passes away

Australian WBSC Softball Umpire Andrew Rindfleish passes away
12/01/2024
Andrew Rindfleish (pictured with his son, Scott) called balls and strikes in four WBSC Softball World Cups, the 1996 and 2000 Men's Softball World Championships; and the 1991 and 2001 Junior Men's World Championships. He also served as Australia's National Umpire in Chief between 2004 and 2009.
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New Zealand U-18 Women's National Softball Team to tune up for World Cup group stage at senior national championship

New Zealand U-18 Women's National Softball Team to tune up for World Cup group stage at senior national championship
12/01/2024
New Zealand will participate in the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group Stage, scheduled for July and August in Brazil, China and USA.
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22 nations to participate in Women's Softball European Championship 2024

22 nations to participate in Women's Softball European Championship 2024
11/01/2024
The Women's Softball European Championship 2024 in the Netherlands will utilize the fields of the UVV softball complex, along with the Domstad Dodgers Ballpark. The Nieuwegein Diamonds and the Centrals/Wombats in De Bilt fields will also play host to this prestigious event.
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Men's Softball: Mexico claim Open & Masters gold at Buenos Aires 2023 Pan American Maccabi Games

Men's Softball: Mexico claim Open & Masters gold at Buenos Aires 2023 Pan American Maccabi Games
09/01/2024
Following men's softball's inclusion at The World Games Chengdu 2025 official sports programme, the fast-growing discipline keeps expanding its sizeable global footprint with participation in the Buenos Aires 2023 Pan American Maccabi Games.
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WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals 2024: Daily Passes on sale

WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals 2024: Daily Passes on sale
08/01/2024
Tickets are available on the VivaTicket.com platform. Tournament Passes are also on sale for the biggest softball event of the year.
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Australia's road to WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals 2024 set to begin with National Championships

Australia's road to WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals 2024 set to begin with National Championships
08/01/2024
The National Championships are a key part of the high-performance pathway, with the best players being looked at for selection for the Australia's National Team.
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Yukiko Ueno: Japanese softball superstar doesn't rule out LA28 Olympic Games appearance

Yukiko Ueno: Japanese softball superstar doesn't rule out LA28 Olympic Games appearance
04/01/2024
“I would be very happy to be back on the Olympic stage, but rather than striving for that, I would like to cherish each day and each year in front of me and face softball with even greater care," Ueno said.
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Kelly Kretschman celebrates softball's Olympic return, heralds momentous growth of women’s softball

Kelly Kretschman celebrates softball's Olympic return, heralds momentous growth of women’s softball
03/01/2024
Former USA softball star Kelly Kretschman, who attended the WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup last year, said the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Finals 2024 will be "like a mini-Olympics" and expects USA and Japan to be in the final.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 1 Ryuga Umeda (Japan)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 1 Ryuga Umeda (Japan)
31/12/2023
Japan's center fielder Ryuga Umeda hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to give his nation the WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup title.
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2023 in Review - Top Stories of the Year

2023 in Review - Top Stories of the Year
31/12/2023
The top stories in 2023, a year in which baseball and softball made its return in the Olympic sports programme of LA28, the launch of the two-stage format for the Baseball and Softball World Cups as well as four new tournaments – U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup, U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup, Youth Baseball5 World Cup and the Baseball Champions League - plus exciting developments in eSport.
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USA finish year No. 1 in WBSC/KONAMI Women's Softball World Ranking for third consecutive time

USA finish year No. 1 in WBSC/KONAMI Women's Softball World Ranking for third consecutive time
31/12/2023
USA have been the best women's softball programme in the world since December 31, 2021.
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WBSC/KONAMI Men's Softball World Ranking: Australia end the year as No. 1 for first time

WBSC/KONAMI Men's Softball World Ranking: Australia end the year as No. 1 for first time
31/12/2023
The Aussies climbed to the No.1 spot on 22 November, after the U-18 Men's Softball World Cup.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 2 Logan Bester (Puerto Rico)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 2 Logan Bester (Puerto Rico)
30/12/2023
Puerto Rican center fielder Logan Bester claimed the second spot in the Top-10 with a sensational diving catch against Mexico during the inaugural edition of the WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup.
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2023 Year in Focus

2023 Year in Focus
30/12/2023
The confirmation by the IOC Session of baseball/softball on the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics programme was one of many "giant strides" made by the WBSC in 2023. The WBSC launched new tournaments, partnered with Konami for the WBSC eBASEBALL™: POWER PROS and made significant statute changes whilst announcing 10 May as WBSC Day.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 3 Kee Hyun Yap (Singapore)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 3 Kee Hyun Yap (Singapore)
29/12/2023
At No. 3, Kee Hyun Yap appeared from nowhere to make an astonishing diving catch in right-centre field at the WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 4 Erika Piancastelli (Italy)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 4 Erika Piancastelli (Italy)
28/12/2023
At No. 4 we find Italian right fielder Erika Piancastelli, who showed off her defensive tools in this spectacular diving catch at the WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C on home soil.
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2023 Year in Review - Development: Baseball/Softball continues to develop in many ways and many places

2023 Year in Review - Development: Baseball/Softball continues to develop in many ways and many places
28/12/2023
The WBSC funds development through the Continental Associations and various partnerships. New Baseball and Softball venues opened from Africa to the Middle East to Asia while Iran (featured photo) staged its first U-13 Baseball Championship.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 5 Ryuji Okawa (Japan)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 5 Ryuji Okawa (Japan)
27/12/2023
The top five of the WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year opens with an outstanding double play by Japanese shortstop Ryuji Okawa at the WBSC U-23 Men's Softball World Cup Final between Japan and Australia in Parana, Argentina.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 6 Janet Leung (Canada)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 6 Janet Leung (Canada)
26/12/2023
At No. 6, Canada's shortstop Janet Leung showed up her defensive skills in Castions di Strada, Italy, on Day 3 of the WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C, to help her team earning a historic win over Japan.
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First On-Site Safeguarding Workshop a success

First On-Site Safeguarding Workshop a success
25/12/2023
The WBSC Integrity Unit held the first-ever on-site safeguarding workshop during the XXXI WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup this past summer and received overwhelming positive feedback. The WBSC Integrity Unit has been promoting #SafeCall safeguarding campaign since 2021.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 7 Sebastian Hassell (Venezuela)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 7 Sebastian Hassell (Venezuela)
24/12/2023
At No. 7, Sebastian Hassell from Venezuela showed off his wheels and his glove with a crazy leaping catch over the wall in foul territory at the WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 8 Uxua Modrego (Spain)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 8 Uxua Modrego (Spain)
23/12/2023
No. 8 in the 2023 Softball World Cup countdown is Modrego's run-saving diving catch at centre field against the Netherlands.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 9 Angelu Gabriel (Philippines)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 9 Angelu Gabriel (Philippines)
22/12/2023
The Philippines shortstop made a spectacular backhanded grab on a hard one-hopper from Italy's Andrea Filler to end the inning.
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LA28 Olympic Games to inspire a new generation for softball - Eri Yamada

LA28 Olympic Games to inspire a new generation for softball -  Eri Yamada
22/12/2023
Eri Yamada applauded the WBSC's decision to stage new softball tournaments such as the U-15 Women's Softball World Cup and U-23 Men's Softball World Cup saying it will improve the level of softball in the future.
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Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 10 Samantha Alekman (USA)

Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 10 Samantha Alekman (USA)
21/12/2023
Alekman's diving catch at the U-15 Women's Softball World Cup opens the countdown of the Top-10 WBSC Softball World Cup Plays of the Year.
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WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group B awarded to Pingtan, China

WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group B awarded to Pingtan, China
21/12/2023
The tournament will be played from 14 to 18 August at the Pingtan Softball Stadium. With Group B being hosted in China, the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group Stage is complete, with Group A in Brazil and Group C in USA.
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2023 Year in Review: Two maiden World Cups, new competition format highlight memorable year for international softball

2023 Year in Review: Two maiden World Cups, new competition format highlight memorable year for international softball
19/12/2023
The U-23 Men's Softball World Cup and the U-15 Women's Softball World Cup enjoyed their historic first edition, while the Women's Softball World Cup inaugurated the Two-Stage Format with a successful group stage.
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WBSC Congress approves Statutes Amendments to enhance global baseball/softball

WBSC Congress approves Statutes Amendments to enhance global baseball/softball
19/12/2023
The Member Federations voted in written form on 6 December. One combined Executive Board will lead the WBSC with the support of two additional permanent Commissions for Baseball and Softball.
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USA announce preliminary roster to host WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Group Stage in 2024

USA announce preliminary roster to host WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Group Stage in 2024
18/12/2023
"Building upon our most recent finish is paramount and our focus now is putting in the work to be in a position to become world champions in 2025. We have a great group here that will most certainly push each other towards that goal,” said head coach Ron Hackett.
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Olympian Leigh Godfrey appointed as head coach of Softball Australia's U-19 Women's Programme

Olympian Leigh Godfrey appointed as head coach of Softball Australia's U-19 Women's Programme
15/12/2023
Godfrey is renowned for her distinguished softball career that includes a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in 2007, competing in five Senior World Championships, including bronze medal honours in 2012 & 2014 and participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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Tickets on sale for WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals in Italy

Tickets on sale for WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals in Italy
14/12/2023
The local organising committee launched a Christmas Special Package for the entire tournament, for only €55.60. This special offer will last until 6 January. Ticket packages are available via VivaTicket.
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Dallas, USA to host WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup group in 2024, Finals 2025

Dallas, USA to host WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup group in 2024, Finals 2025
13/12/2023
Dallas will host one of the three groups that make up the Group Stage of the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup, which will be played from 29 August to 2 September 2024, while the Finals will take place in 2025.
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Netherlands to host Women's Softball European Championship 2024 in September

Netherlands to host Women's Softball European Championship 2024 in September
13/12/2023
The biggest softball event in Europe will be played from 1 to 7 September, 2024.
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Lesotho celebrates success of Tri-Nation Softball Tournament in Mabote

Lesotho celebrates success of Tri-Nation Softball Tournament in Mabote
13/12/2023
"I'm really happy today to have a turnout of such a large number of teams, and I truly regard this as a milestone," said T’seliso Lemphane, President of the Lesotho Baseball and Softball Association.
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Historic draft set up rosters for inaugural Mexican Softball League season

Historic draft set up rosters for inaugural Mexican Softball League season
12/12/2023
The No. 1 overall pick in the draft was Cuban catcher Rosangela Jardines, selected by Olmecas de Tabasco. The No. 1 pitcher was Yilian Tornes, the Cuban National Team ace, who will play for Aguilas de Veracruz.
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WBSC Africa announces dates, venues of Baseball, Softball & Baseball5 World Cup Qualifiers

WBSC Africa announces dates, venues of Baseball, Softball & Baseball5 World Cup Qualifiers
12/12/2023
South Africa will host U-15 and U-23 Baseball World Cup and Men's Softball World Cup qualifiers. Praia, Cape Verde will be the venue for Africa's Baseball5 World Cup qualifier.
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Miu Goto: Softball star receives Japan Diamond League awards, sets sights on LA28 Olympics

Miu Goto: Softball star receives Japan Diamond League awards, sets sights on LA28 Olympics
12/12/2023
Goto (pictured left), who guided Toyota Red Terriers to their first JD.League title, earned the West Division MVP award, along with the best ERA and best win-loss record. Kanna Kudo (pictured right) was the MVP and also the best hitter of the East Division.
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Dutch Baseball Softball Federation elects new Board, Gregor Rossen as President

Dutch Baseball Softball Federation elects new Board, Gregor Rossen as President
11/12/2023
A senior portfolio manager, Gregor Rossen has experience as a coach and an executive in Dutch baseball.
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Heidenheim, Regensburg and Wesseling celebrate titles in German baseball/softball

Heidenheim, Regensburg and Wesseling celebrate titles in German baseball/softball
08/12/2023
The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe won the Baseball Bundesliga. The Regensburg Legionaere won the German Baseball Cup. The Wesseling Vermins won the Women's Softball Pennant and German Cup.
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Swiss baseball/softball celebrates Awards Night

Swiss baseball/softball celebrates Awards Night
07/12/2023
The Zurich Challengers won the Baseball National League A, while the Wittenbach Panthers won in Women's Softball. Baseball National Team manager Chris Byrnes was named the Coach of the Year.
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Softball Canada names preliminary roster for Men's Softball World Cup group

Softball Canada names preliminary roster for Men's Softball World Cup group
06/12/2023
The Athlete Pool includes 14 players who won the silver medal at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022, an additional five with previous Men’s World Cup experience, and six members from the U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup fifth-place team from earlier this year.
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Mexican Softball League announces inaugural season schedule, first-ever draft

Mexican Softball League announces inaugural season schedule, first-ever draft
06/12/2023
The participating teams are Sultanes de Monterrey, Olmecas de Tabasco, El Águila de Veracruz, Diablos Rojos del México, Bravos de León and Charros de Jalisco.
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Larry Castro appointed as Swiss Women's National Softball Team head coach

Larry Castro appointed as Swiss Women's National Softball Team head coach
06/12/2023
The Spaniard takes over from Corina Grass, who successfully led the team in recent years.
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Canada Men's National Softball Team head coach John Stuart receives coaching excellence award

Canada Men's National Softball Team head coach John Stuart receives coaching excellence award
04/12/2023
The Coaching Association of Canada recognised Stuart for steering Canada to a silver-medal finish at the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022.
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Po Chun Liu: Building hopes and dreams through softball

Po Chun Liu: Building hopes and dreams through softball
30/11/2023
A three-year project turned 16 girls into medal contenders at the WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup in Tokyo, Japan in October with the LA28 Olympic Games now a potential long term ambition.
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XVII Women's Softball World Cup Finals schedule announced

XVII Women's Softball World Cup Finals schedule announced
28/11/2023
World No. 2 Japan will take on No. 10 Australia in the opening game of the WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals, which will take place in Castions di Strada, Italy from 15 to 21 July, 2024.
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Women's, Men's Softball World Rankings to qualify six national teams for The World Games Chengdu 2025

Women's, Men's Softball World Rankings to qualify six national teams for The World Games Chengdu 2025
28/11/2023
A total of eight teams will compete in each discipline. The top six teams in the WBSC Women's and Men's Softball World Rankings at 31st December 2024 will earn an automatic berth in The World Games 2025.
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May 10 declared World Baseball Softball Confederation Day

May 10 declared World Baseball Softball Confederation Day
28/11/2023
On 10 May 2014, the WBSC elected its first Executive Board. "We will dedicate this day to our community to celebrate it together," said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari during last weekend's Executive Board meeting. "A day to commemorate the unification of baseball and softball."
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Japanese softball legend Taeko Utsugi visits Olympic House, adds her name to Olympians Wall

Japanese softball legend Taeko Utsugi visits Olympic House, adds her name to Olympians Wall
24/11/2023
Utsugi, who guided Japan to two Olympic medals as a head coach in Sydney and Athens, visited the Olympic house as member of the WBSC Executive Board, which is holding its meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Anti Doping: WBSC and ITA offer webinar on Clean Sport Education

Anti Doping: WBSC and ITA offer webinar on Clean Sport Education
24/11/2023
The webinar, organised by the World Baseball Softball Confederation and International Testing Agency, will take place on 7 December in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish and French. WBSC Athletes' Commission Member and ITA Education Ambassador Randolph Oduber will answer questions.
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Dates announced for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup group and Finals in Canada

Dates announced for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup group and Finals in Canada
23/11/2023
One of the three groups, which make up the Group Stage of the XVIII WBSC Men's Softball World Cup, will be staged in Prince Albert, Canada from 10 to 14 July 2024 while the World Championship Finals will be held from 8 to 13 July 2025.
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Men's Softball World Rankings: Australia new No. 1, U-18 Men's Softball World Champions Japan No. 2

Men's Softball World Rankings: Australia new No. 1, U-18 Men's Softball World Champions Japan No. 2
22/11/2023
The Men's Softball World Rankings latest update includes 45 programmes across the five Olympic continents, including eight new countries - American Samoa, Belgium, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Germany, Nicaragua and Spain.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil to host WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup group

Sao Paulo, Brazil to host WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup group
21/11/2023
Brazil will host a WBSC Softball World Cup for the first time, becoming the 16th nation to organize a Women’s Softball World Cup (across all categories) and the 20th nation when including Men’s Softball World Cups.
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Ryuga Umeda hits walk-off grand slam, Japan repeat as U-18 Men's Softball World Champions

Ryuga Umeda hits walk-off grand slam, Japan repeat as U-18 Men's Softball World Champions
19/11/2023
The win in Hermosillo is Japan's fourth World Championship in the history of the event, and the second in a row after claiming the honours in 2020.
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Ryuki Tsuda earns WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup MVP honours, WBSC unveils All-World Team

Ryuki Tsuda earns WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup MVP honours, WBSC unveils All-World Team
19/11/2023
Tsuda hit .409 for the tournament with two home runs, eight RBIs and was the tournament leader in runs scored with 11. He scored on Umeda's World Championship title-winning grand slam.
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U-18 Men's Softball World Cup: McGillivray’s two-run homer, Neid’s pitching gem give Canada bronze medal

U-18 Men's Softball World Cup: McGillivray’s two-run homer, Neid’s pitching gem give Canada bronze medal
19/11/2023
Canada's Alex McGillivray and Nicholas Neid played heroic roles against USA to win bronze in the WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup. This is the first time in history of the competition that the two North American neighbours met in a medal game.
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U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 8: Japan clinch Super Round win, set up World Championship Final rematch with Mexico; USA and Canada play for bronze

U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 8: Japan clinch Super Round win, set up World Championship Final rematch with Mexico; USA and Canada play for bronze
18/11/2023
Japan defeated Mexico, 7-4, in the last game of the Super Round, setting up a rematch against the host team in WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup final. The World Championship game will take place on Sunday, 19 November, at 17.00 local time. USA and Canada will collide in the Bronze Medal Game at 14.00.
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U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup Day 7: Mexico secure spot in Sunday's World Championship Final; All Super Round teams still in medal contention

U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup Day 7: Mexico secure spot in Sunday's World Championship Final; All Super Round teams still in medal contention
17/11/2023
Canada's 10-5 win over USA on Friday confirmed Mexico's place in the final while Japan needs to beat the hosts on the last day of the Super Round on Saturday to book a spot in the final with them.
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U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup Day 6: Australia, Japan, Mexico open Super Round with wins

U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup Day 6: Australia, Japan, Mexico open Super Round with wins
16/11/2023
Australia topped Venezuela, 4-3, and Japan defeated Canada, 4-1, in the first two games of the day before Mexico claimed an important 8-1 win over USA to open the Super Round at the Fernando Ortiz Stadium. A grand slam from David Diaz (pictured) earnt him the Player of the Day award.
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U-18 Men's Softball World Cup Super Round schedule revealed

U-18 Men's Softball World Cup Super Round schedule revealed
16/11/2023
Mexico (2-0), USA (2-0), Canada (1-1), Japan (1-1), Australia (0-2) and Venezuela (0-2) will open the Super Round on Thursday in Hermosillo.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 5: Venezuela beat Argentina to claim final Super Round spot, schedule announced

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 5: Venezuela beat Argentina to claim final Super Round spot, schedule announced
15/11/2023
A two-out, two-run single from Sebastian Hassell (pictured) in the top of the seventh gave Venezuela the crucial 3-2 win over Argentina to secure third place in Group B. They join Mexico (2-0), USA (2-0), Canada (1-1), Japan (1-1) and Australia (0-2) in the battle for the title of World Champions.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 4: Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico win, punch tickets to Super Round along with Australia

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 4: Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico win, punch tickets to Super Round along with Australia
14/11/2023
The WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup daily blog reviews all the exciting action in Hermosillo, Mexico where Canada, Czechia, Japan, Mexico and USA all won on Tuesday. USA's Cody Gibbons (pictured) was named Player of the Day for pitching a complete-game shutout against Argentina, with 11 strikeouts, four hits and two walks.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 3: Historic win for Colombia, Australia beat Czechia in extras, important wins for Mexico, Argentina & USA

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 3: Historic win for Colombia, Australia beat Czechia in extras, important wins for Mexico, Argentina & USA
13/11/2023
The WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup daily blog reviews all the exciting action in Hermosillo, Mexico where Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and USA all won on Monday. Australia pitcher Joel Byrne was named Player of the Day for throwing an eight-inning complete game to lead his side to a thrilling 3-2 win over Czechia.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 2: Venezuela, Australia earn dramatic walk-off wins; Mexico beat Czechia with late-inning rally; Canada, Japan remain undefeated

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 2: Venezuela, Australia earn dramatic walk-off wins; Mexico beat Czechia with late-inning rally; Canada, Japan remain undefeated
12/11/2023
Australia, Canada and Mexico remain undefeated in Group A after two days of competition. In Group B the defending champions Japan are the only team with a 2-0 record.
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Australia and New Zealand qualify for Men's Softball World Cup Group Stage

Australia and New Zealand qualify for Men's Softball World Cup Group Stage
12/11/2023
Eight out of 18 teams are qualified for the XVIII WBSC Men's Softball World Cup Group Stage. WBSC Americas will qualify five and WBSC Africa two further teams. Three Wild Cards will complete the set of participants.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 1: USA complete spectacular comeback-victory over Venezuela; Canada, Japan, Australia and Mexico also win on opening day

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup - Day 1: USA complete spectacular comeback-victory over Venezuela; Canada, Japan, Australia and Mexico also win on opening day
11/11/2023
The WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup daily blog reviews all the action of the opening day in Hermosillo, Mexico where Canada, Japan, Australia, USA and Mexico all won. USA centre field Logan Boom (pictured) was named Player of the Day for his three-run home run against Venezuela.
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Australia aiming for record sixth title as WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup begins on Saturday

Australia aiming for record sixth title as WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup begins on Saturday
10/11/2023
Australia is also looking to hold the world champion title at all three WBSC Men's Softball World Cups, having won the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022 in New Zealand and the U-23 edition in Argentina in April earlier this year.
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Women's Softball World Rankings update: United States, Japan and Puerto Rico lead the way

Women's Softball World Rankings update: United States, Japan and Puerto Rico lead the way
10/11/2023
The Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong were the best improvers while Italy climbed to a record high position of No. 6. The latest WBSC Women's Softball World Rankings includes 65 programmes.
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Preview: WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico

Preview: WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico
09/11/2023
The best men's U-18 softball teams in the world will play in Hermosillo, Mexico. Newly renovated venues will be the stage and part of the legacy of the WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup.
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New Zealand and Australia qualify for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group Stage

New Zealand and Australia qualify for WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group Stage
09/11/2023
American Samoa hosted the three-team qualifying tournament. Eight National Teams are now qualified for the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup Group Stage.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup: 42 years of history

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup: 42 years of history
08/11/2023
With three days to go to the start of the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, let’s take a look at the history of the event, the oldest international youth men’s softball world championship.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup tickets on sale

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup tickets on sale
08/11/2023
Fans can acquire daily passes for the Opening Round at $150 Mexican Pesos (around $US 9).
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Key numbers of the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup

Key numbers of the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup
07/11/2023
From 0.23 to 936,263, a look at the numbers behind the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup.
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USA win 10th Pan American Games gold medal; Puerto Rico claim silver, Canada bronze

USA win 10th Pan American Games gold medal; Puerto Rico claim silver, Canada bronze
06/11/2023
The three medal-winning teams will compete in next year’s WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Finals, to be played in Buttrio and Castions di Strada, Italy, from 15 to 21 July. They will square off against world No. 2 Japan, No. 7 Australia, No. 8 Italy, No. 9 Netherlands and No. 11 China.
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How to watch the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup

How to watch the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup
06/11/2023
One of Mexico’s largest telecommunications companies, Megacable has been granted the exclusive TV broadcast rights in the Mexican territory for the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, and is expected to reach millions of viewers through its channels TVC Deportes, TVC Deportes 2 and Megasports. 
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Oceania qualifiers for U-18 Women's and Men's Softball World Cups underway in American Samoa

Oceania qualifiers for U-18 Women's and Men's Softball World Cups underway in American Samoa
06/11/2023
The top two finishers of each tournament will advance to the respective 2024 Group Stage.
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Captain Ean Eu to lead Singapore at U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup

Captain Ean Eu to lead Singapore at U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup
03/11/2023
Eu is a two-time World Cup veteran who represented Singapore in the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2020 and the U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup 2023.
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USA, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to play for Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games softball medals as Super Round set

USA, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to play for Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games softball medals as Super Round set
02/11/2023
After the Opening Round, the four best-ranked nations in the tournament advanced to the Super Round, which starts on Thursday.
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USA claim inaugural WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup title

USA claim inaugural WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup title
29/10/2023
USA's win over Puerto Rico was based on a superb pitching performance from Macie Bryant who allowed only one hit and claimed 17 strikeouts while leadoff hitter Aspen Boulware, named tournament MVP, collected a hit and a run.
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MVP Boulware leads WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup All-World Team

MVP Boulware leads WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup All-World Team
29/10/2023
USA’s Aspen Boulware was voted by officials as the best player of the tournament, leading the All-World Team, picked from athletes from the medal games teams.
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U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Final Day: Japan jubilant with bronze medal win in Tokyo

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Final Day: Japan jubilant with bronze medal win in Tokyo
29/10/2023
Japan pitcher Shion Yamamoto outplayed Chinese Taipei pitchers Li-Yu Kuo and Miao-Hua Chen while Sari Nagatomo and Lilia Lewis scored the crucial runs for Japan on offence.
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U-15 Women's Softball World Cup - Super Round Final Day: USA and Puerto Rico advance to gold medal game; Japan and Chinese Taipei to play for bronze

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup - Super Round Final Day: USA and Puerto Rico advance to gold medal game; Japan and Chinese Taipei to play for bronze
28/10/2023
Puerto Rico and USA ended the Super Round with victories on Saturday, advancing to the gold medal game on Sunday to vie for the inaugural WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup title. The two losing sides, Japan and Puerto Rico will play in the bronze medal game.
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Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games: The world’s elite set to play for women’s softball gold

Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games: The world’s elite set to play for women’s softball gold
27/10/2023
The women’s softball competition at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games will feature the best of the best, with the top players from world No. 1 USA, No. 3 Puerto Rico, No. 4 Canada, No. 6 Mexico, No. 14 Cuba, No. 15 Venezuela, No. 18 Peru and No. 55 Chile taking part in the competition. There are 14 Olympians among the 128 participating players, 13 of them from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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U-15 Women's Softball World Cup - Super Round Day 2: Japan beat USA to lead Super Round; Puerto Rico in joint-second with USA after Mexico win

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup - Super Round Day 2: Japan beat USA to lead Super Round; Puerto Rico in joint-second with USA after Mexico win
27/10/2023
Japan, USA, Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei remain in contention for Sunday's medal games with one day left to play in the Super Round and Placement Round on Saturday.
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Updated schedule released for WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup following Israel withdrawal due to travel restrictions

Updated schedule released for WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup following Israel withdrawal due to travel restrictions
27/10/2023
The Opening Round will consist of a total of five games per day with Canada and Czechia officially opening the competition in Game 1 at 12:00 local time on 11 November.
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U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Super Round Day 1: Japan and USA stay perfect; Puerto Rico clinch key win over Chinese Taipei

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Super Round Day 1: Japan and USA stay perfect; Puerto Rico clinch key win over Chinese Taipei
26/10/2023
Day 5 of the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup saw the start of the Super Round, where Japan and USA kept their unbeaten records. The hosts triumphed over the Philippines, while USA beat Mexico courtesy of two homers from Aspen Boulware. Puerto Rico pulled off a crucial 2-1 win over Chinese Taipei in the first game of the day. In the Placement Round, Brazil beat New Zealand in six innings, and Czechia claimed a superb come-from-behind-win over Italy in a thriller.
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Indian Women’s National Softball Team sets sight on LA28: “Our ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2028 Olympics”

Indian Women’s National Softball Team sets sight on LA28: “Our ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2028 Olympics”
25/10/2023
Softball India President Neetal Narang expressed her excitement about the sport's inclusion in the 2028 Olympics and the plans to further develop the game in her country.
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Indonesian Softball League returns after 15 years, aims to pave way to LA28 Olympics

Indonesian Softball League returns after 15 years, aims to pave way to LA28 Olympics
25/10/2023
Baladewa clinched the women's title, beating Garuda with a final score of 3-1 while the men's category was won by Garuda after defeating the Mohicans, 4-0.
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Super Round schedule announced for WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup

Super Round schedule announced for WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup
24/10/2023
The WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup progresses into the next phase of the competition with world No. 2 Japan, No. 1 USA, No. 3 Puerto Rico, No. 5 Chinese Taipei, No. 6 Mexico and No. 21 Philippines set to compete in the Super Round from 26-28 October.
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U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Day 4: Japan and USA head to Super Round with undefeated records; Chinese Taipei, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Philippines also advance

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Day 4: Japan and USA head to Super Round with undefeated records; Chinese Taipei, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Philippines also advance
24/10/2023
Japan beat Mexico and New Zealand to confirm their place in Group A's top position, while USA also topped Group B with a win over Czechia. Both teams advance to the Super Round with perfect records. Chinese Taipei and Puerto Rico kept 4-1 records to secure second place in their respective groups in the Opening Round. Brazil escaped with a victory over the Philippines to close the Opening Round.
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Media accreditation open for WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico

Media accreditation open for WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico
24/10/2023
All members of the media, both local/national and international, who plan to cover the U-18 Men's Softball World Cup must apply for accreditation through the official WBSC Media Accreditation online platform at https://my.wbsc.org.
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U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Day 3: Japan, USA keep perfect records; Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Puerto Rico pick up third victories

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Day 3: Japan, USA keep perfect records; Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Puerto Rico pick up third victories
23/10/2023
Japan and USA have kept their perfect record with three straight victories. Mexico, Chinese Taipei and Puerto Rico improved their records to 3-1. The race for the top three spots and a spot in the Super Round will go down to the final day of the Opening Round on Tuesday.
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Amsterdam Pirates win Holland Series, crowned Netherlands baseball champions 2023; Neptunus clinch softball title

Amsterdam Pirates win Holland Series, crowned Netherlands baseball champions 2023; Neptunus clinch softball title
23/10/2023
The Amsterdam Pirates defeated Curacao Neptunus, 9-8, in Game 7. It was the seventh time in the last 10 years that the Pirates and Neptunus faced off in the final series. In softball, Neptunus won their first Dutch national softball title beating Olympia Haarlem in the decisive game 6-5 with a walk-off single from Damishah Charles.
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Olympic Week 2023: 1,000 kids enjoy Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 in Olympic capital

Olympic Week 2023: 1,000 kids enjoy Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 in Olympic capital
23/10/2023
This was the fifth Olympic Week for baseball and softball, following appearances in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022; and the third edition for Baseball5.
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U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Day 2: Japan, USA and Puerto Rico keep win records intact; Chinese Taipei, Czechia, Peru claim first wins; Mexico bounce back to beat Italy

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Day 2: Japan, USA and Puerto Rico keep win records intact; Chinese Taipei, Czechia, Peru claim first wins; Mexico bounce back to beat Italy
22/10/2023
Hosts Japan, USA and Puerto Rico secured their second straight victories, while Chinese Taipei, Czechia and Peru claimed their first wins on the second day of the U-15 Women's Softball World Cup. After opening the day with a loss, Mexico made a comeback to close the day with a win against Italy.
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U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Day 1: Japan take victory on opening day of home World Cup; USA, Mexico, Italy, Philippines also post wins

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Day 1: Japan take victory on opening day of home World Cup; USA, Mexico, Italy, Philippines also post wins
21/10/2023
The WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup started with victories for the Philippines, Mexico, Japan, USA and Italy on the opening day on Saturday.
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U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup paves way for LA28 prospects

U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup paves way for LA28 prospects
20/10/2023
The historic WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup starts on Saturday with 11 teams taking their first step towards a brighter and better future as future Olympians on the road to LA28.
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WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup Preview: Tokyo’s bright lights shine for softball’s next wave of stars

WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup Preview: Tokyo’s bright lights shine for softball’s next wave of stars
19/10/2023
The WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup provides a glimpse of the world’s future talent in women’s softball. The event will take place across three venues - Komazawa Olympic Park Sports Complex Baseball Stadium, Setagaya City Okura Sports Center Baseball Ground and Ota Stadium (pictured) - in the world’s largest city, Tokyo, Japan from 21-29 October.
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WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup group awarded to Oklahoma City, USA

WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup group awarded to Oklahoma City, USA
19/10/2023
One of the three groups that make up the Group Stage will take place in Oklahoma City from 17 to 21 September 2024 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex
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Softball in the Olympics: From Melbourne and Mexico City to Atlanta and Los Angeles, an amazing Olympic history, rich with passion and perseverance

Softball in the Olympics: From Melbourne and Mexico City to Atlanta and Los Angeles, an amazing Olympic history, rich with passion and perseverance
19/10/2023
The first WBSC Women's and Men's Softball World Cups were staged in Melbourne, Australia in 1965 and Mexico City in 1966 when softball's Olympic dream was launched. It appeared at the Olympics for the first time at Atlanta 1996 before featuring four times and will return again at LA28.
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Where to Watch: Maiden edition of WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup on GameTime

Where to Watch: Maiden edition of WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup on GameTime
18/10/2023
Tournament and Daily Passes are some of the options to watch the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup on GameTime. The opening matches on 21 October sees the Philippines play Czechia and Peru take on Mexico in Tokyo, Japan.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2023: Argentina present roster with three 2020 World Cup stars

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2023: Argentina present roster with three 2020 World Cup stars
18/10/2023
Lucas Galarza, Valentín Mata and Julian Reitober, are the three World Cup stars in Argentina’s roster for Hermosillo.
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WBSC U-15 Softball World Cup by the numbers

WBSC U-15 Softball World Cup by the numbers
17/10/2023
From one to 14 million, a look at the numbers behind the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup: USA announce squad, 14 back from Pan Am Championship winning team

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup: USA announce squad, 14 back from Pan Am Championship winning team
17/10/2023
Cody Gibbons will be USA’s main weapon from the circle. The right-handed pitcher was named the MVP of the Americas Qualifier, posting a 4-0 record with 47 strikeouts in 23 innings, for a 0.30 ERA.
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WBSC Vice President Beatrice Allen awarded the Olympic Order

WBSC Vice President Beatrice Allen awarded the Olympic Order
17/10/2023
It is the highest award of the Olympic Movement. IOC President Thomas Bach presented the award with these words: "You have dedicated your life to making the world a better place through sport.
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Czechia name roster for U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in search of second medal in a row

Czechia name roster for U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in search of second medal in a row
17/10/2023
A total of 16 players have been named to represent the European champions in the World Cup, set to be staged in Hermosillo, Mexico, from 11 to 19 November.
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Argentina take on Israel in WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup opener as groups, schedule announced

Argentina take on Israel in WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup opener as groups, schedule announced
04/10/2023
The 30-game Opening Round will run from 11 to 15 November with four games at the Fernando M. Ortiz stadium and two at the Mundialistas Hermosillenses every day. The top three finishers from each group advance to the Super Round, while the other six teams will participate in the Placement Round.
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Great Britain announce roster for inaugural WBSC Co-ed Slow Pitch World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico

Great Britain announce roster for inaugural WBSC Co-ed Slow Pitch World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico
03/10/2023
“My role has been to put a team together that will offer Great Britain every opportunity to be successful,” said head coach Stephen Patterson. “All the players have contributed within this process and have made it very difficult in many ways for myself and the coaching staff to select a final team.”
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Olympians Miu Goto, Yukiko Ueno lead Japan to sixth consecutive Gold Medal at Hangzou 2022 Asian Games softball event

Olympians Miu Goto, Yukiko Ueno lead Japan to sixth consecutive Gold Medal at Hangzou 2022 Asian Games softball event
02/10/2023
Miu Goto and Yukiko Ueno combined to shutout China in the final while Minori Naito homered in the bottom of the first inning to lead Japan’s offence in their 4-0 win over the hosts. Chinese Taipei claimed the bronze medal in a 3-2 thriller.
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Asian Games: China, Japan sweep Opening Round in Softball, advance to Super Round with Philippines, Chinese Taipei

Asian Games: China, Japan sweep Opening Round in Softball, advance to Super Round with Philippines, Chinese Taipei
28/09/2023
In the baseball competition, Thailand and Laos beat Singapore to qualify for the Group Round.
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Thomas Makea announces first roster as New Zealand Black Sox head coach

Thomas Makea announces first roster as New Zealand Black Sox head coach
26/09/2023
The Black Sox named a renovated squad to face Australia, and hosts American Samoa in the continental event in Pago Pago.
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Asian Games Softball: Olympic champions, World Cup stars to feature at Hangzhou 2022

Asian Games Softball: Olympic champions, World Cup stars to feature at Hangzhou 2022
25/09/2023
Olympic gold medallists, softball legends and World Cup stars will feature in the continental event, showcasing the highest level in the softball world at the Shaoxing Baseball & Softball Sports Complex.
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Asian Games: Volunteers take the field for massive Baseball5 event in Shaoxing

Asian Games: Volunteers take the field for massive Baseball5 event in Shaoxing
25/09/2023
The event took place on the two Asian Games baseball fields, transformed into a dazzling array of 12 Baseball5 fields, with a total of 276 participants organized into 45 teams.
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Canada present roster aiming for second WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup title

Canada present roster aiming for second WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup title
22/09/2023
World No. 4 Canada qualified for the World Cup with a bronze-medal finish at the WBSC Americas Pan American Championship in Sincelejo, Colombia earlier this month.
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Mexican Softball League: Historic inaugural season to be staged in 2024 supported by Mexican Baseball League

Mexican Softball League: Historic inaugural season to be staged in 2024 supported by Mexican Baseball League
21/09/2023
Six clubs from the Mexican Baseball League will participate in an historic first edition of the Mexican Softball League in 2024: Diablos Rojos del México, Bravos de León, El Águila de Veracruz, Leones de Yucatán, Olmecas de Tabasco and Sultanes de Monterrey.
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Media accreditation open for WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup

Media accreditation open for WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup
21/09/2023
The I WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup is scheduled from 21-29 October in Komazawa and in Setagaya City in Japan. The registration deadline is Monday, 16 October.
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Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 opens Saturday; baseball, softball start 26 September

Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 opens Saturday; baseball, softball start 26 September
20/09/2023
Nine teams will compete in the baseball competition, which finishes on 7 October; while eight squads will battle for gold in the softball competition until 2 October. The 19th Asian Games play by play and stats will be managed under the my.WBSC scoring system.
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Colombia granted wild card to play WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, complete tournament’s 12-team line up

Colombia granted wild card to play WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, complete tournament’s 12-team line up
19/09/2023
The WBSC U-18 Men’s softball World Cup in Hermosillo will represent Colombia’s first participation in a youth men’s softball world cup, becoming the 23rd nation to feature in the oldest youth men’s softball international competition.
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WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup Schedule Announced; Philippines v Czechia, Peru v Mexico to open tournament

WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup Schedule Announced; Philippines v Czechia, Peru v Mexico to open tournament
19/09/2023
Hosts Japan will play three games in Komazawa and one in Setagaya City in the Opening Round. Their first game of the tournament is scheduled at 09:30 local time on 21 October.
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Australia, New Zealand announce rosters for WBSC U-18 Softball World Cup Oceania Qualifier

Australia, New Zealand announce rosters for WBSC U-18 Softball World Cup Oceania Qualifier
19/09/2023
The tournament will consist of a double round-robin format, with the teams playing six games in three days. The top two teams at the conclusion of the double round-robin will progress to the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup Group Stage in 2024. 
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World Champions Australia name renovated roster to start WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup defence

World Champions Australia name renovated roster to start WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup defence
18/09/2023
Australia will play the Oceania Qualifier from 9 to 11 November in American Samoa, in a double round robin tournament that will feature the host team and New Zealand.
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75th All Japan Women's Softball Championship to be played in Saga Prefecture this weekend

75th All Japan Women's Softball Championship to be played in Saga Prefecture this weekend
15/09/2023
Under the current rules, the 16 teams belonging to JD.League will participate in this tournament without qualifying.
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USA win U-18 Men’s Softball Pan Am Championship, qualify for World Cup with Venezuela, Canada, Argentina

USA win U-18 Men’s Softball Pan Am Championship, qualify for World Cup with Venezuela, Canada, Argentina
11/09/2023
The US team posted a 5-1 record across the six-team tournament to win the country’s first U-18 men’s softball medal in over 35 years.
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Puerto Rico present WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup roster

Puerto Rico present WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup roster
09/09/2023
Ten players from the Americas qualifier are included in the 16-player roster.
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American Samoa to host Men’s Softball World Cup, U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup Oceania qualifiers in November

American Samoa to host Men’s Softball World Cup, U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup Oceania qualifiers in November
07/09/2023
The Tony Solaita Field in Pago Pago will be the stage for the two continental qualifiers.
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Japan beat Chinese Taipei for U-18 Women’s Softball Asian title, both qualify for World Cup along with China

Japan beat Chinese Taipei for U-18 Women’s Softball Asian title, both qualify for World Cup along with China
04/09/2023
China earned the third spot in the World Cup with a 6-1 win over the Philippines in the bronze medal game.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup Americas Qualifier underway in Sincelejo, Colombia

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup Americas Qualifier underway in Sincelejo, Colombia
04/09/2023
The tournament will award four berths in the World Cup, to be played in Hermosillo, Mexico, from 11 to 19 November. Six teams are participating in the event.
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Three-time WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup medallist Brian Paton, class 2023 inducted into Softball Canada Hall of Fame

Three-time WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup medallist Brian Paton, class 2023 inducted into Softball Canada Hall of Fame
30/08/2023
Mary de Bruyn, an umpire who called balls and strikes at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Gold Medal Game, will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2023.
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Odicci Alexander wins Athletes Unlimited 2023 softball season

Odicci Alexander wins Athletes Unlimited 2023 softball season
29/08/2023
Alexander played for USA in 2022, winning the Canada Cup and the Pan American Championship, a qualifier for the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup.
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WBSC Americas Softball announces schedule for U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup qualifier

WBSC Americas Softball announces schedule for U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup qualifier
25/08/2023
The six participating teams will play a single round robin to start the competition, with the top two playing the Final.
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WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup Americas qualifier to take place in Sincelejo, Colombia, 3 to 9 September

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup Americas qualifier to take place in Sincelejo, Colombia, 3 to 9 September
21/08/2023
A total of six teams are confirmed for the qualifier, with four spots available for the World Cup in November.
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Schedule unveiled for WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup Asia Qualifier

Schedule unveiled for WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup Asia Qualifier
21/08/2023
The eight-team tournament will run from 29 August to 3 September at Pingtan Softball Stadiumezio in Pingtan, China.
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Czechia, Italy, Ireland qualify for WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup. Czechia clinch second consecutive European Championship

Czechia, Italy, Ireland qualify for WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup. Czechia clinch second consecutive European Championship
18/08/2023
Czechia defeated Italy, 9-1, in the final and claimed their second consecutive European title.
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WBSC Women’s Softball World Rankings July 2023: Canada moves to fourth place after Canada Cup scores update

WBSC Women’s Softball World Rankings July 2023: Canada moves to fourth place after Canada Cup scores update
17/08/2023
With the complete information, Canada has moved up one place in the chart, overtaking Chinese Taipei by four points.
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Zimbabwe holds softball training camp for U-12 pitchers and catchers

Zimbabwe holds softball training camp for U-12 pitchers and catchers
14/08/2023
The camp involved 27 players - 15 girls and 12 boys. The Zimbabwe Softball Association’s technical director, Grant Machikiti and former Zimbabwe senior men’s team pitcher Alfred Sithole led the coaching staff.
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Zoe Hicks: A duel code trail blazer in Women's Baseball and Softball

Zoe Hicks: A duel code trail blazer in Women's Baseball and Softball
11/08/2023
Hicks (pictured No 13) played first base for Canada in last month's WBSC Women's Softball World Cup and is now playing third base at the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup.
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Agatsuma delivers lone run as Japan beat USA in 2023 All-Star Series clincher

Agatsuma delivers lone run as Japan beat USA in 2023 All-Star Series clincher
07/08/2023
World No. 2 Japan won the series 2-1 against World No. 1 United States.
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Top ranked women’s softball nations USA, Japan set to face off in Japan All-Star Series

Top ranked women’s softball nations USA, Japan set to face off in Japan All-Star Series
03/08/2023
The three-game series will take place from 4 to 7 August, held at three major venues that contributed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Delwende, Les Tigresses defend Burkina Faso Interleague Cup baseball and softball titles

Delwende, Les Tigresses defend Burkina Faso Interleague Cup baseball and softball titles
03/08/2023
Delwende beat Koudougou in the men’s baseball final, while Les Tigresses defeated Silures in the women’s softball finale.
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Colombian National Softball League opens second season

Colombian National Softball League opens second season
02/08/2023
Teams from Bogota, Cali, Monteria, Soplaviento and Sincelejo will compete in the second edition of the Liga Elite de Softbol Femenino (Women’s Softball Elite League).
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Men's Softball European Championship 2023: Czechia, Denmark and Netherlands qualify for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Men's Softball European Championship 2023: Czechia, Denmark and Netherlands qualify for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
31/07/2023
The WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup starts next year with the group stage before the Finals take place in 2025.
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Japan and Canada claim Group C tickets to the WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals 2024; Italy and China advance as two wild cards with Group Stage now complete

Japan and Canada claim Group C tickets to the WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Finals 2024; Italy and China advance as two wild cards with Group Stage now complete
26/07/2023
The final day of the WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C started with Venezuela beating New Zealand in the playoff for fifth and sixth place. Italy then beat the Philippines in a rain-affected cliff hanger. Japan beat Canada in the final.
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Japan advance to the Finals 2024 with 7-1 win over Canada

Japan advance to the Finals 2024 with 7-1 win over Canada
26/07/2023
Once again aces Miu Goto and Yukiko Ueno were instrumental in Japan’s win.
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Giulia Koutsoyanopulos drives in four, helps Italy beat Philippines in 3rd v 4th playoff

Giulia Koutsoyanopulos drives in four, helps Italy beat Philippines in 3rd v 4th playoff
26/07/2023
Giulia Koutsoyanopulos homered in the second inning for Italy and commanded a 10-hit offensive effort.
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Yuruby Alicart’s home run propels Venezuela to 4-0 win over New Zealand and fifth place

Yuruby Alicart’s home run propels Venezuela to 4-0 win over New Zealand and fifth place

WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C Day 4 - Philippines claim dramatic walk off win over Italy to book last spot in playoffs

WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C Day 4 - Philippines claim dramatic walk off win over Italy to book last spot in playoffs
25/07/2023
Canada and Japan finished in the top two and will play tomorrow's final with Japan and the Philippines third and fourth. New Zealand and Venezuela will play the 5th-6th Placement Game.
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Nicole Hammoude homers, Angelu Gabriel drives in three in Philippines win over New Zealand

Nicole Hammoude homers, Angelu Gabriel drives in three in Philippines win over New Zealand
25/07/2023
For the Philippines, Palma was the winning pitcher in four innings of work, allowing two hits and one run while striking out three.
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Superstars Miu Goto, Yukiko Ueno blank Italy as Japan secure spot in the playoffs

Superstars Miu Goto, Yukiko Ueno blank Italy as Japan secure spot in the playoffs
25/07/2023
Japan must wait the result of the final game between Italy and Philippines to know their position in the standings.
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Sakura Miwa pitches five-inning no hitter in Japan’s 7-0 win against Venezuela

Sakura Miwa pitches five-inning no hitter in Japan’s 7-0 win against Venezuela
25/07/2023
The Japanese pitcher faced the minimum batters through five innings, helped by a double play in the top of the fifth.
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Sara Groenewegen, Dawn Bodrug combined shutout gives Canada 4-0 win over New Zealand

Sara Groenewegen, Dawn Bodrug combined shutout gives Canada 4-0 win over New Zealand

WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C Day 3 - Italy & Philippines postponed due to weather; Canada, New Zealand and Venezuela collect crucial wins

WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C Day 3 - Italy & Philippines postponed due to weather; Canada, New Zealand and Venezuela collect crucial wins
24/07/2023
Day three of the WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C saw Venezuela beat the Philippines followed by Canada's key win over Olympic champions Japan, New Zealand's win over Venezuela before the evening game between Italy and the Philippines was postponed.
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Katrina Nukunuku drives in two as New Zealand record comeback win against Venezuela

Katrina Nukunuku drives in two as New Zealand record comeback win against Venezuela
24/07/2023
Loran Parker recorded the win from the circle. She pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in relief, giving up two hits and a walk, with two strikeouts.
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Canada rack up 11 hits, Kelsey Harshman homers to defeat Japan in a thriller

Canada rack up 11 hits, Kelsey Harshman homers to defeat Japan in a thriller
24/07/2023
This is the first time Canada beat Japan in a Women’s Softball World Cup or an Olympic Games since Athens 2004 Olympics, when they beat the Japanese team, 1-0, in eight innings.
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Yakary Molina’s grand slam, Cassady Knudsen complete game lift Venezuela past Philippines

Yakary Molina’s grand slam, Cassady Knudsen complete game lift Venezuela past Philippines
24/07/2023
A costly defensive error by Philippines shortstop Nicole Hammoude opened the door for the Venezuelan victory.
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WBSC Executive Board approves changes to U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Tournament Regulations

WBSC Executive Board approves changes to U-15 Women's Softball World Cup Tournament Regulations
24/07/2023
The Softball Technical Commission recommendations included increasing the pitching distance to 40 feet (12.18 metres) and the number of innings from five to seven.
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WBSC Women's Softball World Cup: Puerto Rico and Netherlands claim Group B tickets to Finals 2024

WBSC Women's Softball World Cup: Puerto Rico and Netherlands claim Group B tickets to Finals 2024
22/07/2023
Puerto Rico beat China in the final before China lost the repechage game to the Netherlands, who had beaten Cuba in the 3rd v 4th game. Spain beat South Africa to finish fifth. Meanwhile, the first day of play in Group C in Buttrio and Castions di Strada, Italy started on Saturday with Japan, Canada and Italy winning.
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Jessie Van Aalst outstanding evening gives the Netherlands ticket to Finals 2024

Jessie Van Aalst outstanding evening gives the Netherlands ticket to Finals 2024
22/07/2023
The two-way player produced the only two runs of the game in the first inning, and tossed 5.2 scoreless innings against China to carry Netherlands to final win in Group B.
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Aleshia Ocasio pitches complete game, scores a run to send Puerto Rico to Women’s Softball World Cup Finals 2024

Aleshia Ocasio pitches complete game, scores a run to send Puerto Rico to Women’s Softball World Cup Finals 2024
22/07/2023
Ocasio struck out eight in seven innings of work, giving up only one run; Offensively, she went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
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Eva Voortman pitches complete game, sends Netherlands to the repechage in Group B

Eva Voortman pitches complete game, sends Netherlands to the repechage in Group B
22/07/2023
Eva Voortman pitched a complete-game gem for the European Champions, with 11 strikeouts and two walks, while giving up two hits and one run.
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Beatriz Alonso pitches shutout against South Africa; Spain finish in fifth place

Beatriz Alonso pitches shutout against South Africa; Spain finish in fifth place
22/07/2023
Alonso pitched the complete game shutout, allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out four rivals. It was her first win of the tournament.
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One day to go to WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C: Head coaches discuss their chances

One day to go to WBSC Women's Softball World Cup Group C: Head coaches discuss their chances
21/07/2023
The WBSC had a chance to interview Reika Utsugi (Japan), Kaleigh Rafter (Canada), Federico Pizzolini (Italy), Ana Santiago (Philippines), Maria Soto (Venezuela), and Donny Hale (New Zealand).
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