Team Report

Teamwork thorough Niigata training camp start of SAMURAI JAPAN Women's lifeline

June 29, 2018

"SAMURAI JAPAN Women's aiming at the sixth straight victory started training camp in 8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup (August 22-31 days, Florida, America) in HARD OFF ECO stadium Niigata on 29th.

 After announcing 20 National team players at the end of April; the first call. Players through sleeve sweated in heat of temperature 33 degrees on brand-new uniform from 9:20 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 We allotted for check, playing according to a manager's signal including wheel play in the morning. While pitcher and infielder exchanged opinion each other, we decided and made thing and, in check practice, put timings together. We confirm by wheel play until timing when first baseman who charged speaks. We threw a ball many times while considering characteristic of artificial turf with case which assumed that we were kicked in the stealing second whether it was device in runner 1B, third base while catcher formation changed height and strength and investigated the best.

 What spent two hours on construction and confirmation of teamwork completely is because these careful plays become Japanese lifeline.

 The Ayaka Deguchi captain (Hanamaui) following shortstop says second base. Even if "runner appears (partner), flow changes by such a play. Having to be careful with bringing flow from defense, and connecting with attack. As we participate in meeting of 12 years and 14 years and know international meeting, the words are persuasive. "There is place not to be correct yet, but wants to do without getting impatient. It being good that mistake is given now. We put aims together two months later saying we adjust before public performance well.

 We performed practice game with open intending to tread the path of learning garden High School that we performed in the afternoon in rule in particular to confirm these playing according to a manager's signal. As for 1, 4, the seventh inning, as for no outs runner first base, 2, the fifth inning, no outs runner 1B, second base, 3, sixth inning started from no outs runner 1B, third base.

We took six points of one action including two-base hit away at runner sweep good time of Nozomi Abe (Hanamaui) with the bases full while intertwining two bunts in according to ideal, second inning of Manager Megumi Kitta "to make the most of runner, and to get point". Nominate 4 scores for sixth inning by two run homer squeezes of the Deguchi captain, 11 hits of 16 scores by 7 innings in total. It looked like manager felt response in the batting order saying "timely appeared as well as squeeze and delicate technique in scene which decided that we beat, and there was crop". By defense, there was not opportunity when playing according to a manager's signal fitted in and ordered saying "we want you to check in runner 1B, second base tomorrow".

 In now camp to become the last before departure in America, artificial turf measures and night game measures were big purposes, too. In addition, this day was able to experience heat at the same level as the field, too. As for the meeting to be held in Florida, America, temperature more than 40 degrees is expected with artificial turf. Manager Kitta "did not think that we could confirm to way of keeping passion of artificial turf caused by the reflected heat of sunlight this time. There was more than 40 degrees today when we measured ground. Atmosphere of main Stadium was similar and told, we think that we could take American measures from now on.

 Training camp until July 3. Under the environment near public performance, we raise maturity degree as team at a stretch.

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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