Team Report

Tryout begins in the Kanto region for the first championship in the 4th WBSC U-15 World Cup

May 12, 2018

 SAMURAI JAPAN U-15 which aims at meeting first championship in "the fourth WBSC U-15 World Cup" started on August 10, this year in Panama until 19th. Member selection try to become the first step was out (Kanto venue) and, on May 12, was held in JR East baseball club Kashiwano Stadium of Kashiwa-shi, Chiba. 52 people in all participate from recommended player this time around East Japan from Boys, senior, pony, each league of fresh. Player was divided into two groups, and, in the A group, B group challenged various examination for longed-for SAMURAI JAPAN from 1:00 p.m. from 9:00 a.m.

 By Manager Takayuki Shimizu who would lead SAMURAI JAPAN U-15 following "U-15 Asia Challenge Match 2017" held as for the try out in Matsuyama-shi, Ehime in last November "is short time, but show the present ability to one's heart's content, and please play as hard as possible. It is started by encouragement to try out life looking forward to.

 At first after having measured arrival time to first base, try out life are challenges for examination of broadcast play fielding practice and defense side of cooperation, bunt processing, inside and outside field in ball mawashi, Pitching. As is expected, as recommended players were gathered by each league, high quality play was seen everywhere, and Manager Shimizu looked back saying "both technique and physical strength were unexpectedly higher-level at the top than own junior high school days".

 Batting practice by all players is carried out successively, and we move to the bull pen by progress at the same time, and hill staff shows pitching. After Hisanori Takahashi coach made sure of the situation of hill staff minutely, when "think from experience that oneself gave up in MLBs, is often inferior with power for overseas player. Therefore we are thinking that pitcher which control has better than speed passes. We revealed selection policy of try out saying we get wide swing if breaking ball was decided well low.

 Finally, try out straight fellow confronts in Throw/Bat in real game-like. The principal objective is put for examination of pitching when actually confronted hitters not to know only in the bull pen partly because it is said, Manager Shimizu "aims at baseball of defense led by pitcher", Takahashi coach for hill staff "controlled, or, anyway, do the best, and throw of oneself as is not result whether was touched by. To that end, we called out saying you may show neck in signature of catcher.

 In addition, game form try out sets two situation of runner first base from count 1 ball 1 strike if there is no runner. Try out life threw in ball desperately while atmosphere that was tense in ground was under the strain in order to aim at longed-for SAMURAI JAPAN Uniform and took ball desperately.

 "It is difficult after all to take score in consecutive hits and home run with "player with anti-stress" based on challenging international meeting at the same time as we finish all programs of this day, and Manager Shimizu says, "we want to choose about fielder in a good balance". Therefore we say, we want to demand player with speed to use delicate technique and mobility like Japan about how to play of SAMURAI JAPAN U-15.

 In addition, we say, "we do not decide how many people you still do frame of pitcher to, but want to decide while talking with coaching staff as there is difficulty of blow game" about selection of hill staff with PC restrictions, and Takahashi coach talks about blueprint to lower than 15 years old world 1B saying "southpaw focuses extremely as there is weak overseas team to left-hander, but ability wants to choose as high order as what after all batter controls is basic".

"Aim win. Kansai venue, it is Kyushu venue on Saturday, May 26, and try out is held with championship and talking Manager Shimizu secondary to Kanto venue of this day on Saturday, May 19. It is only 20 that participation player can actually let sleeve go through in Uniform of Japan in 3 venues while we surpass 100 people. Young Samurai are to be announced in about the middle of June from the end of this month.

The fourth WBSC U-15 World Cup


Meeting Schedule

From August 10, 2018 to August 19

Opening round

Saturday, August 11 0:00 Japan 4-2 Australia
Sunday, August 12 0:00 Netherlands 1-11 Japan
Monday, August 13 8:00 Japan 7-9 Cuba
Tuesday, August 14 8:00 Dominican Republic 7-13 Japan
Wednesday, August 15 8:00 Japan 20-0 South Africa
※The start time Japan time (Panama: at time difference -14 time)

Super Round

Friday, August 17 0:00 Japan 5-2 Chinese Taipei
Saturday, August 18 8:00 Panama 7-3 Japan
Sunday, August 19 4:00 United States 8-2 Japan
※The start time Japan time (Panama: at time difference -14 time)

3rd Place Match

Monday, August 21, 2018 3:00 Japan 3-6 Chinese Taipei
※The start time Japan time (Panama: at time difference -14 time)



Participating Countries and Regions (provisional)

Group A
Panama, the United States, Chinese Taipei, Brazil, Germany, China

Group B
Japan, Cuba, Australia, Netherlands, Dominican Republic, South Africa

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