Interview Report

20 Women’s National Team players announced – “The most powerful members in Japanese women’s baseball at this time”

April 26, 2018

 Manager Megumi Kitta who led SAMURAI JAPAN Women's which participated in "8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup" started on August 22 in Florida of the United States on the afternoon of April 25 announced 20 participation members at press conference.

 In the press conference beginning, Hasegawa, chairperson of federation of all-Japan Women's baseball introduces himself/herself, "young person who played an active part in Asian Cup (organize, and win the championship at player 18 years or younger) of last year came to come to full national team at this time very with effort. Very nice thing. We said, we think that good member gathered and peeped confidence to team formation to challenge World Cup the sixth straight victory.

 We read the name of member of all 20 aloud one by one as follows after Manager Kitta said, "sosemeshu selected player of the highest peak in young person, Women's professional baseball and amateur baseball that played an active part in experienced player who supported World Cup straight victory of Japan, Asian Cup and country meeting in last year each until now" successively.

Ayami Sato (Dione)
Rina Taniyama (Saitama asuraia)
Asaka Tsuru (Reia)
Miyu Shimizu (Asahitrust)
Akino Tanaka (Shobi University)
Nanami Ohno (Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences)
Nana Ishimura (Riseisha High School)
Ami Sakahara (schools such as Kyoto Ryoyo High School)

Chihiro Funakoshi (Heisei International University)
Yuka Ogata (Riseisha RECTOVENUS)
Ririka Tabata (schools such as Orioaishin high School)

Yuki Kawabata (Astraia)
Ayaka Deguchi (Hanamaui)
Miwa Tanaka (Asahitrust)
Yaya Kojima (International Pacific University studies)
Nozomi Abe (Hanamaui)
Harue Yoshii (Riseisha RECTOVENUS)

Iori Miura (Flora)
Tomomi Nakada (Dione)
Miku Kitayama (Riseisha RECTOVENUS)

 "We won the championship at player and Asian Cup to have rich experience called past World Cup championship, and Manager Kitta was organized in booming young person whom we climbed to this full national team and players who elected national team with expectation newly" about this team and explained to "baseball, we saw from posture to wrestle, various points of view including way of thinking for play let alone ability of baseball" at point of selection. And we talked with "Women's baseball Japanese strongest member at the present when I elected with confidence as a result of mature deliberation" powerfully.

 Say, it "considered height of ability to play a game in pitcher, and to control that hitters can protect plural number position to face meeting with 20 while keeping characteristic of sosemeshu alive while characteristics of each candidate player are different" in concrete selection, and add; and "is thinking about pitcher centering on Sato pitcher (Dione), Shimizu pitcher (Asahitrust), three people of Tanaka pitcher (Shobi University). We put expectation to axis of Throw/Bat and player that it was saying we expect hitters for powerful Miura (Flora) Kawabata (Astraia) and Deguchi (Hanamaui), tenacious batting of Funakoshi (Heisei International University) that we hit each.

Manager Kitta who declared aim loudly saying "we took responsibility for carrying the Japanese flag on the back on behalf of country, "fighting against the world" with pride, and all the members concerned with coach, the staff, team let alone player united and want to gain World Cup the sixth straight victory" showed high consciousness not to remain in winning meeting saying "Japan gave a good example to world Women's baseball and wants to act as the leadership to be produced".

 Team performs training camp including Warm-up Game of five games in Niigata-shi from June 28 and faces World Cup started on August 22 in United States Florida.

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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