SEA Games baseball, softball finals set for Sunday

SEA Games baseball, softball finals set for Sunday
07/12/2019
The Philippines will play the three gold-medal games of the regional multi-sports event. The host national teams will face Thailand in baseball, Indonesia in women’s softball, and Singapore in men’s softball

The 30th SEA Games baseball, softball competitions will come to an end on Sunday, with the three gold-medal games and the baseball bronze medal game. The Philippines will seek to clinch the three gold medals at The Villages, Clark, Pampanga, Philippines.

On Saturday, two baseball games completed the round robin and defined the four teams to play for the medals.

In the first match of the day, Singapore clinched the fourth place in the opening round with a 9-1 victory over Cambodia and will play on Sunday for the bronze medal. Singapore ended the round robin with a record of 1-3, in the fourth position. Cambodia finished fifth with 0-4.

The last game of the round robin faced Thailand and Indonesia, with the ticket to the final on the line. And the Thai squad prevailed by a score of 6-4, to advance to the gold medal game.

On Sunday, Indonesia (2-2) and Singapore (1-3) will play for the bronze medal, while the Philippines (4-0) and Thailand (3-1) will battle for the SEA Games baseball gold medal.

The softball events saw their bronze medal games completed on Saturday. In the women’s event, Malaysia took the lead in the first inning with one run, but then Indonesia rallied for five runs in the fourth to secure their ticket in the final, 5-1. On Sunday, the Philippines and Indonesia will play for the gold medal, while Malaysia finished with the bronze. It’s the first-ever medal for Malaysia.

Finally, in the men’s event, the Philippines defeated Indonesia, 9-0, and advanced to the gold-medal game. A five-run fifth inning secured the win for the host nation, that will play for the top prize against Singapore. Indonesia clinched the bronze medal.



SEA Games: First baseball & softball finalists confirmed

SEA Games: First baseball & softball finalists confirmed
06/12/2019
The Philippines advanced to the gold medal game in baseball and women’s softball, while Singapore made the final in men’s softball. The three competitions will finish on Sunday.

The baseball and softball competitions at the 30th South East Asia (SEA) Games are in the final stages, with the medal games to be played this weekend at The Villages, Clark, Pampanga, Philippines. The three events have their first finalists qualified. The Philippines advanced to the gold medal game in baseball and women’s softball, while Singapore made the final in men’s softball. The three competitions will finish on Sunday.

The playoff for the softball final will continue on Saturday, while the baseball competition round robin finishes the same day to define the final positions of that phase.

In the women’s softball event, the Philippines advanced to the gold medal game with a convincing victory over Malaysia 12-0. The host nation scored multiple runs in each of their three offensive opportunities, including a 6-run first inning, and a 4-run third inning, to secure their spot in the final, to be played next Sunday. The Philippines remain perfect in the hunt of their 10th gold medal at the regional games.

In the other game of the playoffs, Indonesia stayed alive in the tournament beating Singapore, 8-4, to secure a medal. On Saturday, they will play the bronze medal game against Malaysia; the winner will face the Philippines in the final, while the loser will earn the bronze medal.

On the men’s side, Singapore scored four runs in the first three innings of the first semifinal to stun the Philippines, advancing to the final with a 4-3 victory. The host team will now play Indonesia in the bronze medal game, who beat Thailand by a score of 5-3. The Indonesian squad rallied in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs to take the lead and secure the win.

The two softball bronze medal games will take place on Saturday. In the women’s competition, Indonesia will take on Malaysia at 9 a.m. local time; while the men’s national teams of the Philippines and Indonesia will face off at 10 a.m. The loser of these games will take the bronze, while the winners will advance to the finals, to be held on Sunday.

The baseball competition resumed with two games on Friday after a day off. The Philippines defeated Indonesia, 14-1, finishing the round robin undefeated and securing a spot in the final on Sunday with four wins.

In the other game, Thailand defeated Cambodia, 14-0, and remain in play for the second spot in the gold medal game. On Saturday, Thailand will close the round robin against Indonesia, while Cambodia will play Singapore. Both games will define the final standings in the opening round.

Thailand and Indonesia arrive at Saturday’s game with a 2-1 record, so the winner will finish in second place and advance to the final to battle for gold against the Philippines; the loser will play for the bronze medal.

On the other hand, Cambodia and Singapore, still winless after three games, will meet for the fourth place in the round robin and the right to play the bronze medal game.

Both medal games will be played on Sunday.



Final Baseball Qualifier: Australia confirmed as Oceania representative

Final Baseball Qualifier: Australia confirmed as Oceania representative
06/12/2019
The Australians join the Netherlands, Chinese Taipei and China. The other two participants will be the runner up and the third-place finisher of the Americas Qualifier in March.

The WBSC Oceania Executive Board has confirmed Australia will represent the region at the Final Baseball Qualifier. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification tournament is scheduled for 1 to 5 April in Taichung and Dou Liou, Taiwan.

Australia is the fourth National Team to advance to the six-team tournament. The Netherlands qualified in September as the runner up of the Europe/Africa Qualifier played in Parma and Bologna, Italy. While Chinese Taipei and China earned their right as they finished as the best two teams (in first and third) at the Asia Baseball Championship 2019 not to have already qualified for Tokyo 2020. The hosts Chinese Taipei defeated Japan (already qualified for Tokyo 2020 as hosts) 5-4 in the Championship game, while China beat Korea, 8-6, in the third-place game.

The other two participants will be the runner up and the third-place teams from the America's Qualifier, to be played in Arizona, USA, from 22 to 26 March.



SEA Games: softball playoffs set to begin on Friday

SEA Games: softball playoffs set to begin on Friday
05/12/2019
Malaysia secured their first-ever SEA Games medal in the women’s softball event. The baseball competition had the day off on Thursday.

Malaysia made history after beating Singapore, 5-4, in eight innings, in the last competition day of the Women’s Softball competition at the SEA Games on Thursday. With this win, the Malaysian team clinched second place in the round robin phase and therefore secured the first-ever medal for the country.

Singapore was leading 4-3 in the seventh inning but Jayaindraan Pavithraa tied the game with a solo homer, sending the match to an extra innings. The winning run for Malaysia was scored during the tie-break in the eighth inning by Halfa Chin who was pinch-running for Nur Fateha.

The SEA Games Women’s Softball competition round robin concluded with this game. The Philippines (4-0) advanced undefeated and will face Malaysia on Friday with the first spot in the final on the line. The loser will play against the winner between Singapore (third place) and Indonesia (fourth place), for the other berth in the final. The loser of the second play-off for the final, will win the bronze medal.

The Men’s Softball competition also finished the round robin on Thursday with a 4-inning victory by Singapore over Thailand, by a score of 13-0.

Singapore finished in second place in the opening round and will play against the Philippines on Friday for a spot in the final. Indonesia and Thailand will play a single-elimination game in the page system playoff.



Women’s Baseball Development Programme launches in Indonesia

Women’s Baseball Development Programme launches in Indonesia
05/12/2019
The first step of the global programme took place from 15-17 November in Indonesia with top coaches and WBSC Women’s Baseball Development Commission members from Japan and Australia.

The WBSC Women’s Development Commission completed its first development activity last month in Indonesia, as the first step of a programme that will spread around the world in 2020.

With the support of the WBSC Development Commission, the WBSC Women’s Development Commission has launched a Women’s Baseball Development Programme for the continuous development of girls and women’s baseball around the world.

For the first phase, Asian Federations were offered the opportunity to boost the skills of their female baseball players, coaches and administrators through the delivery of programs run by WBSC presenters. Four countries were selected for the first stage, based on their requests: Indonesia, Laos, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. 

The first of the programmes was run from 15-17 November in Indonesia with coaches from Japan (four-time world champion Ayako Rokkaku) and Australia (former player and coach turned administrator Narelle Gosstray). The programme included instructional clinics in the morning for the 60 U-15 Indonesia players, and games in the afternoon between the four participating regions: Malang, Banten, Bandung and Bali.

The WBSC coaches provided instruction to both players and coaches over the three days covering hitting, pitching, base running, infield and outfield. During the games, the WBSC coaches observed and provided feedback and advice to both players and coaches.

One of the sessions was dedicated to sharing experiences aimed at inspiring the younger generation. Rokkaku and Gosstray were joined by Taiwanese umpire Sophiyah Liu who spoke about overcoming barriers, setting goals and working hard to achieve them.

Programmes for Laos, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka will be scheduled for early 2020.

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SEA Games: Philippines clinch men, women's softball round-robin

SEA Games: Philippines clinch men, women's softball round-robin
04/12/2019
The host team and Indonesia lead undefeated the baseball event

The Philippines ended the round robin phase of the women and men’s softball competitions undefeated and have already secured a medal at the 30th SEA Games. The host nation and Indonesia remain undefeated in the baseball event

With only one game left to complete the women’s softball competition round robin, the Philippines clinched first place after a four-inning, 11-0 victory over Thailand. The host team finished with 4-0 record at the top of the standings.

Malaysia and Singapore will play on Thursday for second place in the round robin, finishing a postponed game from Tuesday. Both teams defeated Indonesia on Wednesday to remain in the hunt for second place: Malaysia earned their second win of the tournament with a 5-3 victory over the Indonesian squad; while Singapore beat Indonesia by a narrow 1-0 margin.

The standings see the Philippines on top (4-0), followed by Malaysia and Singapore (2-1), Indonesia (1-3) and Thailand (0-4) who have not made the playoffs.

The Philippines also clinched first place in the opening round in the men’s softball competition. On Wednesday, the host team beat Singapore 8-0 and finished the round robin undefeated after three games. Indonesia beat Thailand by a score of 7-0 and finished the round robin with a 1-2 record. They must wait until Thursday’s game between Singapore and Thailand to know their final position in the round robin. A win by Singapore would send them to the second place, sending Indonesia to third. However, a victory by Thailand would generate a triple tie.

The baseball event completed its third day of competition on Wednesday with two games. Indonesia defeated Cambodia by a score of 8-1, while the Philippines were too good for Singapore, 17-0. With these scores, the Philippines lead the standings (3-0), while Indonesia is also undefeated after two games. Thailand is third (1-1), while Cambodia (0-2) and Thailand (0-3) remain winless in the tournament.



National Baseball5 Championship takes off in Tunisia

National Baseball5 Championship takes off in Tunisia
04/12/2019
The National Baseball and Softball Federation was nominated to the Olympic Torch Award for making the urban version of baseball-softball popular

The Baseball and Softball Federation of Tunisia (FTBS) was nominated by the National Olympic Committee (CNOT) for the Prix du Flambeu Olympicque (Olympic Torch Award) for the category Gouvernance Sportive.

The nomination comes for making Baseball5 popular through open days in different Regions (vulgarization du Baseball5, journées portes ouvertes à travers plusiers régions). The CNOT Olympic Torch Award will be announced later this month.

"We took Baseball5 to the streets, the the school….everywhere," said FTBS President Saber Jilajla. "Minister of Youth and Sport Sonia Ben Cheikh was very impressed by Baseball5 and is fully supporting the project."

Tunisia inaugurated the first Baseball5 National Championship on 1 December. A total of seven teams participated to the opening day: Association Feminine Ouerdanin, Club Baseball Softball de Ben Arous, Association Sportive Militaire du Kef, Association Feminine de Sousse, Vague Sportive de Rejich, Sporting Ben Arous, Association Sportive de Bizerte.

"Baseball5 is the best way to move on easy. It's easy, it requires not much time to play a game and there's no venue involved," commented Jilajla.



Athletes Commission: New members, new start

Athletes Commission: New members, new start
04/12/2019
Randolph Oduber from the Netherlands (pictured right) is the new Men's Baseball representative. Bruno Motroni, Argentina (pictured left), is the new Men's Softball member. The Commission is co-chaired by Maria Soto (Women's Softball, Venezuela - pictured centre) and Justin Huber (Men's Baseball, Australia).

The WBSC Athletes Commission recently completed elections and now with a full complement of members, it’s set to help globalise baseball, softball and baseball5 and make sure athletes all around the world play their part in the process, especially with an exciting Olympic year ahead.

"I look forward to the Athletes Commission having a key role in 2020, an Olympic year," said Athletes Commission co-chair Maria Soto. "I think we can really work together and help the full reinstatement of baseball and softball in the Olympic programme for good."

The 41-year-old former softball star played for the Venezuelan National Team for 18 years, representing her country at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - where she was also flag bearer at the opening ceremony - three Pan American Games (silver medal in Rio 2007), and six World Championships. As one of the longest playing members in her national team - Soto participated in the Americas Softball Olympic qualification tournament in Canada earlier this year – she is aiming to make a big difference inside and outside of baseball, softball and baseball5: "We have started to be more visible to our peers and I think they will have more confidence in us, thanks to the job we are doing."

Meanwhile, co-chair Justin Huber of Australia recently talked of the goals of the Athlete Commission in an interview published by the International Olympic Committee.

"We’re just continuing to stick to our main strategic drivers, one of which is to be the voice at the executive decision-making level of the athletes, and we’ve got some big projects that we’re working through to achieve that by the middle of next year. Probably the biggest, most immediate preparation step remaining is that we have an undertaking to support athlete wellbeing and safeguarding at the tournament. That’s something that we have taken on as a main focus."

In addition to Soto (Venezuela; Women's Softball) and Huber (Australia; Men's Baseball), who are also members of the WBSC Executive Board, the other Athlete Commission members are Ashley Stephenson (Canada; Women's Baseball), Erika Polidori (Canada; Women's Softball), Pauline Prade (France; Women's Softball), Bruno Motroni (Argentina; Men’s Softball) and Randolph Oduber (Netherlands; Men’s Baseball).

The election of Oduber as the men’s baseball representative, which took place during last month’s Premier12, completed the Athletes Commission. A native of Aruba, Oduber is an outfielder who spent six seasons in the Washington Nationals organization, played in the Dutch Hoofdsklasse for Neptunus Rotterdam and is currently on the roster of the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association.

Meanwhile, June saw Motroni, the starting catcher and team captain for world champions Argentina, elected as the men’s softball representative during the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in the Czech Republic.

Both members were present along with Soto at last month’s WBSC Congress and Executive Board meeting.

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Philippines lead at SEA Games baseball, softball

Philippines lead at SEA Games baseball, softball
03/12/2019
The host team remains undefeated in the three competitions: baseball, women's softball and men's softball. Two softball games were postponed due to rain.


After two competition days, the Philippines remain undefeated and lead the 30th SEA Games baseball and softball events. Two softball games were postponed due to rain.

In men's baseball, Thailand and the Philippines won their games on Tuesday against Singapore and Cambodia respectively, at The Villages, Clark, Pampanga, Philippines.

In a high scoring game, Thailand earned their first win of the event after topping Singapore, 12-7. In the second game, the Philippines remained undefeated with an 8-inning victory over Cambodia by a score of 12-0.

The Philippines leads the standings after two days, with two wins, followed by Indonesia (1-0), Thailand (1-1), Cambodia (0-1) and Singapore (0-2).

The softball competition saw two matches today (3 December) postponed, following a heavy rain. 

In the women’s event, Malaysia kept their hopes of a medal alive with a narrow 2-1 victory over Thailand. In the second game of the day, hosts the Philippines defeated Indonesia by a score of 11-1, in four innings, and remain undefeated.

The last game of the day between Malaysia and Singapore had to be postponed due to rain, and will be played on Thursday.

The top four teams after the round robin will advance to the playoffs, slated to open on Friday under the page system.

In the only men’s softball game of the day, the Philippines collected their second win in the event, 7-3, over Indonesia. With the game tied at three, the host team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the game. The Philippines play Singapore on Wednesday in their final preliminary game. Paragraph

Singapore’s match against Thailand was rained out on Tuesday and will be played on Thursday. After the round robin, the four teams will play the page-system playoffs, starting on Friday.



South Africa complete 12-nation field for U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in New Zealand

South Africa complete 12-nation field for  U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in New Zealand
03/12/2019
WBSC presents the visual identity of the newly created World Cup, to be held from 22 February to 1 March

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today welcomed South Africa as the last National Team qualified for next year’s WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The pinnacle youth men’s international softball competition will feature the top 12 nations in the world, after the continental qualifiers.

South Africa’s U-18 Men’s Softball National Team advanced to the World Cup by sweeping a three-game series against host Nigeria last Saturday (30 November) and became the 12th and the last team qualified for the nine-day event.

“Congratulations to South Africa and the 12 qualified nations to compete in the first-ever U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup,” said WBSC Softball Chairman Tommy Velazquez. “This brand new tournament will feature the best teams in the world, opening a historic year for WBSC highlighted by our sport’s historic return to the Olympic Programme in Tokyo 2020.”

A total of 12 teams will compete For the Title of World Champion in Palmerston Northincluding Argentina, Australia (defending world champion), Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, host New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and USA (wild card).

The WBSC will announce the groups and schedule of the tournament in the upcoming weeks.

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup logo presented

The WBSC presented the new logo of the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, the newly created global youth softball event to be inaugurated in Palmerston North, New Zealand in February next year.

This new emblem marks a new step in the rebranding process of the softball world championships into Softball World Cups across all men and women’s platforms and age-groups, and is part of a “unified” look and feel of all softball events logos. 

The logo will become the permanent identity for the upcoming U-18 Men’s Softball World Cups, replacing the U-19 category starting in 2020.

The image shows a softball player swinging the bat, reaching full extension in an iconic power-hitting position. The different hues of turquoise and light blue represent the refreshing character of the young players from the five Olympic continents. The orange-coloured bat and swing reflect the energy and joy of the game. 

The bat, the direction of the swing and the sight of the player, all pointing up and forward, expresses a positive and optimistic perspective about the athletes’ future, right in the beginning of their international careers, but also symbolize the men’s softball growing path in the years to come.

The full tournament logo contains the official name of the event, including the WBSC mark, the host nation’s flag and city, as well as the year of the event.

The official tournament website of the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup has been launched at https://u18mswc.wbsc.org/en/2020 and across six languages, including English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.



Subero to lead Venezuela at Americas Baseball Qualifier

Subero to lead Venezuela at Americas Baseball Qualifier
03/12/2019
The coaching staff includes bench coach Carlos Garcia, pitching coach Darwin Marrero, batting coach Jobel Jimenez, third base coach Liu Rodriguez, first base coach Wilfredo Romero.

The Venezuela Baseball Federation has confirmed Carlos Subero as the manager of the Baseball National Team for the WBSC Baseball America's Qualifier, which is due to be held in Arizona, USA from March 22-26 next year.

Carlos Subero was first appointed Venezuela coach for the WBSC Premier12 in November.

The coaching staff that will assist Subero includes bench coach Carlos Garcia, pitching coach Darwin Marrero, batting coach Jobel Jimenez, third base coach Liu Rodriguez, first base coach Wilfredo Romero.

World No. 9 Venezuela will compete in Group B at the America's Qualifier together with world No. 5 Cuba, Canada, ranked 10th in the world, and world No. 14 Colombia. The top two finishers will advance to the Super Round together with the top two finishers of Group A, which features world No. 2 USA, world No. 11 Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, who is ranked 12th in the world, and world No. 15 Nicaragua.

The winner will book a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The runner up and third-placed team will participate in the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier, which will offer another ticket to Tokyo 2020.

Subero's Venezuela finished the WBSC Premier12 in seventh place, sharing the position with Canada and the Dominican Republic. Venezuela earned a win against Puerto Rico but lost against Japan and Chinese Taipei and was eliminated after round robin play.



Baseball for the Blind celebrates historic season

Baseball for the Blind celebrates historic season
03/12/2019
The international Mole's Cup grew to six participating nations and aims to expand in 2020. The discipline was for the first time on the agenda of the WBSC Congress last month.

Baseball for the Blind was on the agenda of WBSC Congress for the first time in Osaka. The presentation by Alberto Mazzanti, the President of the Italian Association Baseball for the Blind (AIBxC) and Eva Trevisan, Executive Assistant, draw a lot of attention from the Member Federations.

The 2019 season proved historical for the discipline. Rome hosted the ninth edition of the Mole's Cup, the only Baseball for the Blind international tournament.

The Mole's Cup was originally played by Italy, France and Germany. The 2019 edition saw the participation of Great Britain, Cuba and the New York Rockers, a team recently born in the USA.

Italy defeated Cuba, 1-0, in the final. The placement games had the same scoreline with France beating Germany to finish third and Great Britain defeating the New York Rockers to finish fifth.

Cuba won two individual awards. Maikel Merino earned MVP honours, while Yubis Zapata Rodriguez was named the Best Hitter. Another award went to Gavin Freya, the youngest player of the tournament.

The Sport Commissioner of the City of Rome, Daniele Frongia, presented an award to the Italian National team for winning the Mole's Cup. During the ceremony Frongia showed full support to the project that aims to put Baseball for the Blind on the programme of the Paralympic Games.

Martin Mondino, the President of the Baseball Federation of Argentina, was at the Mole's Cup and expressed the intention of starting a Baseball for the Blind programme in his country.

The goal for the 2020 Mole's Cup is to have also Pakistan and Panama participate.

This version of Baseball for the Blind originated in Italy thanks to an idea by the late Alfredo Meli, a former star baseball player. The first game was played in October 1994. Eleven teams participate in the Italian League. Milano Thunder's Five won the 2019 title as they beat Leonessa Brescia in the final.



SEA Games baseball, softball competitions open in the Philippines

SEA Games baseball, softball competitions open in the Philippines
02/12/2019
Five teams are competing in men's baseball and women’s softball, while four nations will battle for the gold medal in men’s softball.

The Southeast Asian Games Baseball and Softball competitions opened on Monday at The Villages, Clark, Pampanga, Philippines. This is the 30th edition of the SEA Games.

Five teams are competing in the men's baseball event: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will fight for the gold medal. The Philippines has won two of the three editions of the baseball event (2005 and 2011), while Thailand claimed the gold medal as host in 2007. Indonesia has won one silver medal and two bronzes.

On the first day of competition, Indonesia used a seven-run fifth inning to defeat Singapore 14-7; while the Philippines defeated Thailand narrowly 3-2.

The women’s softball event has been dominated by the Philippines, having won all gold medals in all editions of the SEA Games when the competition was held. In this edition they will play against Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand to keep the winning streak alive.

Yesterday, the Philippines, nine-time champ in the biennial meet, beat Singapore by a score of 6-0, and defeated Malaysia 8-1 in six innings; Indonesia scored twice in the seventh inning to defeat Thailand 4-2; and Singapore clinched victory over Thailand 6-2.

In men’s softball the Philippines beat Thailand by a score of 11-0 and Singapore defeated Indonesia 10-2. Both games lasted five innings.



El Salvador win Women’s Softball Central American title

El Salvador win Women’s Softball Central American title
02/12/2019
A total of six teams played in the event, held at Carlos Cano Gómez and Carlos Larrañaga diamonds in the Guatemalan capital: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala A, Guatemala B, Nicaragua and Panama.

El Salvador won three consecutive games on Sunday to claim the Women’s Softball Central American Championship 2019 in Guatemala City. In the final game, El Salvador defeated hosts Guatemala, 2-1, to clinch the title.

A total of six teams played in the event, held at Carlos Cano Gómez and Carlos Larrañaga diamonds in the Guatemalan capital: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala A, Guatemala B, Nicaragua and Panama. Guatemala B played as guest, so their results didn't count for the standings.

El Salvador and Panama faced off in the first playoff match, in a win or go home game. Panama had the lead in the seventh inning, 3-2, but a grand slam off the bat of Sonia Viscarra in the seventh inning gave El Salvador the win.

In the first semifinal game, Guatemala beat Nicaragua 8-7, in a very emotive game, setting up the second semifinal between Nicaragua and El Salvador. And the Salvadoran squad defeated Nicaragua, 4-2, to advance to the final game.

In the decisive game, El Salvador scored their runs in the second and third episode, while Guatemala scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth.

Round Robin Standings

  1. Nicaragua (3-1)
  2. Guatemala (3-1)
  3. Panama (3-1)
  4. El Salvador (1-3)
  5. Belize (0-4)

Page Playoff Results

Game One: 2 (GUA) v 1 (NIC) - 8-7
Game Two: 3 (PAN) v 4 (ESA) - 3-7
Game Three: Loser Game 1 (NIC) v Winner Game 2 (ESA) - 2-4
FINAL: Winner Game 1 (GUA) v Winner Game 3 (ESA) - 1-2

Final standings

  1. El Salvador
  2. Guatemala 
  3. Nicaragua
  4. Panamá
  5. Belize


South Africa beat Nigeria, advance to U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Palmerston North

South Africa beat Nigeria, advance to U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Palmerston North
01/12/2019
The South African squad became the 12th and last qualified team for the youth global event in New Zealand

World No. 12 South Africa will represent the African Continent in the first-ever WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, to be staged in Palmerston North, New Zealand, from 22 February to 1 March. South Africa defeated Nigeria in a three-game series and became the 12th National Team qualified for the global competition in New Zealand.  

The WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup will feature the top 12 nations in the world, and will be held in the new upgraded Colquhoun Park.

South Africa swept Nigeria in the three-game series played at MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria, to clinch their qualification to the World Cup. South Africa defeated the host team by scores of 16-0, 22-1, and 16-1.

The WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup will be South Africa’s third consecutive participation in a youth softball global event, after being present in Midland 2016 and Prince Albert 2018. South Africa played the old Junior Men’s Softball World Championship four times, including three of the last four editions.

In Prince Albert, South Africa ended in 10th position, with a 4-7 overall record, after finishing the opening round with 1 win and 5 losses. However, their best performance in the men’s softball youth global event was in 1997 in St. Johns, Canada, where they ended with a 4-6 record to finish sixth place.