Team Report

Women's National Team training camp in Kochi wrapped up - Selecting 20 successful candidates

April 15, 2018

SAMURAI JAPAN Women's aiming at the sixth straight victory hit the second 3-day training camp in Aki-shi, Kochi in "8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup" (August 22-31 days, Florida, America) on 15th.

 Rain worried about stopped early in the morning and was able to carry out intrasquad game of 5 innings on schedule on the last day. Result is 2-1, and Red Branch wins. Eight hill staff pitched well, and hit in both teams was only five. There were few cheap at bats like the day before, but it is to have taken score in that to have been different. In 3 scores in total, there was thing which we decided by safety squeeze, and Small baseball of specialty shined.

 It is Japan which boasts of overwhelming strength to the United States during 21 defeatless successive victories in World Cup in preliminary league of meeting in Canada for 12 years after suffering loss, but world level goes up year by year and cannot be careless. Manager Megumi Kitta assumes development to have trouble with the partner pitcher capture. "It may be like today's intrasquad game. How is it reflected on base while we felt pressure? Do you let partner pitcher throw PC? We told, how many players who held out (in turn at bat) wrote and evaluated that consciousness that it was in bunch as team and captured had begun to penetrate today.

 We perform Miyazaki camp and laying upon of February, six games intrasquad game in total, and directionality that new director aims at reaches player steadily. Ayaka Deguchi infielder (Hanamaui) appointed secondary to camp last time by leader says. Such "a scene was found to use safety squeeze while we talked with director. We think that we go to get important scene by careful baseball. We practice well to cope with various things even if we return to own team. It was just big purpose of camp to narrow down 35 national team candidates to 20 people, but it should be connected for improvement of the whole future Women's baseball to have conveyed form of baseball that Japan National Team aims at to 35 players.

 This day had progress one more. It is artificial turf measures. Manager Kitta told that it was not Sat, and mound was artificial turf to hill staff in this camp. When we inspected space coast complex (American Florida Vieira City) to become meeting venue in this January, mound is not completed, and it is said that the real thing gets information with artificial turf although we do not see. Mound of Stadium is full of artificial turf and is exceptional. We image manager saying "it is long and seemed to make artificial turf which a lot of tips entered mound like soccer ground".

 Ayami Sato pitcher (Dione) of ace who knew the information discovered mound of sloping artificial turf in this day, Aki Dome and checked the touch promptly. "We always (the ground with foot which we embarked on) let slide a little and throw, but we give up and are wrong as there is not it. It is good, what still happens now because it is training shoes if this wears (point) spikes? You are anxious about bunt processing and must think about correspondence when it rained. Saying must devise in various ways; as for gave future checkpoint saying was. In the first place it is ninarutoiu since time of primary schoolchild to throw with point spikes. We are ready for heart saying "we want to test with artificial turf early if spikes arrive". It is plan to spend time on artificial turf measures in next camp as team.

 20 people participating in the camp are announced later. Worried Manager Kitta said player, "approximately 15 people hardened, but remaining five people are serious" in meeting of the camp last in this way. Though "we demanded that it is difficult when we want you to take communication, in the severe situation narrowing down to 20 from 35 people, it is thank in it being said together, and having made atmosphere. Chosen person is important how person who was not chosen advances next. We expect achievement of each person's this season. We want you to enliven Women's baseball by your power. We advance by training camp of second inning in total for the second stage to take point that is small in camp seriously on completion, the next time for the first stage of new life, Kitta Japan.

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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