Team Report

Samurai Japan Women's National Team - Training camp for the 8th WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup starts in Kochi

April 13, 2018

The second training camp of SAMURAI JAPAN Women's aiming at the sixth straight victory began in Stadium of Aki-shi, Kochi managed by Aki-shi in "8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup" (August 22-31 days, Florida, America) on 13th.

 It becomes survival camp to narrow down 35 national team candidate players to 20 people this time. In defense practice of the morning, we changed out count and assumption of the runner every one pitch and performed fielding practice. Manager Megumu Kitta "there is not error, and go with good feeling of strain. We can judge that we finished to here. We smiled saying this became feeling that we could not lose.

 In the first camp of February, we might say preseason, and there was big difference in state of player individual. Manager which disapproved last time on the last day demanded that we showed performance of 100% in this camp. Players in response to the request are appearances that developed appeal battle of higher quality.

 By intrasquad game of 7 innings carried out from the afternoon, air was tightened more. Players think by oneself and gave steal, bunt, signatures of end run to plan communication between players in the last camp, but convey aim as team which accepted scene while Akihiro Isaka coach and Akiko Shimura coach provide signature this time. Signature increased to safety squeeze and 13 kinds including Evers, and level to find became higher at a stretch.

 It is mobility that is Japanese specialty that supported World Cup the fifth straight victory that was the most characteristic. We tried 9 degrees steal in both teams by intrasquad game. It is five times to have succeeded soon. It is double steal that let top of the sixth inning which we reached by two points of leads succeed in Red Branch that was bright. Miku Kitayama outfielder (Riseisha RECTOVENUS) of run made a start for the first ball in 1 death 1B, third base, and Nozomi Abe infielder (Hanamaui) of a three race entrapped home base between second base throws. "We want to evaluate. As for the base running, as for world and weapon and Manager Kitta added difference to most, Japanese nodded.

 By "judgment of the third runner, it was said (as for the home steal), and wild boar Hill coach which provided steal signature of "go if you could go" in Kitayama of run made a start. Result with more than of what we expected. We appreciated saying such a form is necessary as characteristic of Japan.

 Abe who just became scene, freshman explains own circumstantial judgment in this way. "Pitcher is L, batter is RF. As we could see runner from neither pitcher nor catcher, it was larger and took lead and shuffled. That catcher is confident of shoulder and goes at moment when we threw as we threw out to second base first. Baseball that Japan takes point by base running. We wanted to prepare, and thing that became safe was good. Experience level that participated in Asian Cup only as high school student as member of organized national team team last summer lives. Big to entering first full national team; was appealed.

 It is power to think about by oneself like double steal of Abe of this day that Manager Kitta focuses in this selection. "For example, why were you going to roll even signature of bunt to the third side? We want to choose player who thinks about such a thing, and can do it. It becomes difference having own opinion. In scene which grew tense of decisive battle, it becomes important for a short term on seeing things calmly to tell. We recite thought saying it leads to trust in the last last to be able to talk.

 After all word "communication" that was the means was keyword in this camp. In meeting of the previous night, we arranged time to let you confirm combination of pitches or positioning between players for this day intrasquad game. We throw off our reserve than camp, and opinion flew lively last time in each group, but level that manager demands is high. "The scene plunging into adult (young person) is seen and it does not matter in the generation, and cook and, however, is grown up one more when seniority comes slightly to (ill-conditioned) and place where young person is pulled to more when it was? When it is good, all are good. We blow up eidolon of Representative Araoi team saying young person already comes by person push when it is not good.

 Meeting only for player was held at night of this day and spent approximately one hour in preparation for reflection and the next day of intrasquad game. To team where each one judges the situation regardless of age precisely and can find prescription. The making of team which manager aims at in the back of survival race advances steadily.

8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup

Overview Players

Meeting Schedule

From August 22, 2018 to August 31

Opening round

The Wednesday, August 22 23:00 Japan 8-0 Dominican Republic
Thursday, August 23 23:00 0-23, Hong Kong Japan
Saturday, August 25 7:00 Japan 2-1 Canada
Sunday, August 26 7:00 Cuba 1-4 Japan
Monday, August 27 7:00 Japan 5-1 Australia
※The start time Japan time (Florida: at time difference -13 time)

Super Round

The Wednesday, August 29 7:00 Japan 3-0 United States
Thursday, August 30 2:00 Japan 2-1 Chinese Taipei
Thursday, August 30 22:00 Japan 10-0 Venezuela
※The start time Japan time (Florida: at time difference -13 time)


Saturday, September 1, 2018 7:00 Japan 6-0 Chinese Taipei
※The start time Japan time (Florida: at time difference -13 time)


The United States (Florida)

Participating Countries and Regions (provisional)

Group A
United States, Venezuela, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico

Group B
Japan, Canada, Australia, Cuba, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic




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