One year ago: First-ever WBSC mixed-gender Softball World Cup concludes

One year ago: First-ever WBSC mixed-gender Softball World Cup concludes
The inaugural edition of the WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup was played in Tainan, Taiwan, from 26-30 July.

The first-ever WBSC mixed World Cup concluded on 30 July 2019, a year ago today. The five-day U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup was played at the Gueiren Baseball Stadium, in Tainan City, and promoted gender equality in the sport.

Four teams participated in the inaugural event, which was held alongside the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup: Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, Indonesia and Peru. The squads including 14-16 players aged 10 to 12.

Among the special rules for the event, each team had to include at least four females and four males on the field of play at any one time, with a batting line-up alternating five female and five male players.

Hosts Chinese Taipei were crowned the first-ever WBSC U-12 Softball World Champions, winning the final over Peru 3-2. For Chinese Taipei, the win represented its first-ever softball gold medal at the global level, and their fifth softball world cup podium after winning two flagship Women’s Softball World Cup medals (silver in 1982, bronze in 2002), and a pair of bronzes (1999 and 2011) at the U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup. For Peru, it was their first medal in a WBSC event.

The Czech Republic defeated Indonesia, 8-1, and claimed the nation's first-ever medal in a world championship softball event.