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Japan's powerful offense and defense including Kyohei Akiyama's 10 strikes overwhelm South Africa, finishing in 2nd place in the opening round

August 15, 2018

 On August 14 (Japan time 15th), SAMURAI JAPAN U-15 faced South Africa in opening round final match of the fourth WBSC U-15 World Cup. The batting order just explodes, and force of game with Dominican Republic on the day before overwhelms 20 scores and South Africa. We suppressed hill staff in meeting first no Run now and added spring to Super Round.

 The batting order uses hard hit from first inning. The first, Asahi Hanada (Nishi Yodo Boys) giving off hit in all games now to meeting, here is going to the first base by hit to in front of right. When join the second, Seiya Fukuhara (yasujinoku young people spirits) together by hit to the opposite direction, after 1 death the batted ball of cleanup hitter, Ryoma Ikeda (Bo, Tadaoka is) to the front of shortstop. Shortstop was slow by this batted ball processing and became infield fly, and the third base runner reached home plate. The continuing fifth, Isshin Obata (all Suminoe young people) pulls low outside ball well and gives off two points of timely two-base hits to left wing line. Wild pitch of partner scored the first four points in linkage, first inning after this, too.
 Second inning does not stop naturally, too. When we return in front of center, and Hanada gets to first base after the 1 out, Fukuhara of outstanding performance gives off three-base hit more than overhead of right the day before and raises another point. Timely jumped out in the sixth, Hiromu Joshita (Kushikino dreams) and the ninth, Aoi Sugishita (Izumisano little senior) and greatly led ten to 0 and South Africa by second inning.

 The starting pitcher of this day Kyohei Akiyama (Chikugo southern Hawks) of the left arm. Throw that assembled sharp straight pitch and breaking ball to interior angle well is characteristic although being small. As for the first inning, PC increased, but we get all 3 outs out by struck out swinging and show excellent start. Second inning improves throw tempo, and it is struck out tripartite continuation by low inside breaking ball by weapon. Third inning causes 2 out 1B, third base and pinch by walk and swing and run, but the third, S cleat takes struck out looking away by breaking ball to exterior angle, too. Akiyama threw third inning and established rare record called 10 striking out and completely suppressed the partner batting order.

 After three times of batting orders do not relax way of attack. Ikinasuke Fujimori (Aomori Yamada little senior) of participation gives off timely by defense on the way and adds six points to third inning. As for the forth inning, as for this, Yuito Suzuki (Sasuke Nagoya young people) gave off two points of home runs to right and included 20 points in total.

 Having inherited mound from Akiyama after forth inning the right arm, Sohi Kiyota (Bo, Shinshiro is). After fifth inning, the 1 out, we permit the ninth, Hutton this day first hit, but get each follower out on strikeout. It becomes fifth inning Called by rule here and wins a great victory with 20 to 0. We decided Super Round advance with group B2 four wins one defeat digit by opening round. The next war faces the third place of Group A.

Comments by manager and players

Manager Takayuki Shimizu

"Hit leaves the batting order in good form, and part which as to base running is enough for appears. But there wants to revise in future as there is still coarse part. Hill staff played a good role in each pitch opportunity. It must be improved by problem that there is much walk and hit by pitch"

Kyohei Akiyama pitcher (Chikugo southern Hawks)

As "own role was not possible by game with Cuba, we were going to play a role today and went up in mound. We were not conscious of strikeout very much, but, as a result, it was good to be all struck out as it played in strike zone. Ball went berserk today. As Super Round attracts strong teams, we pitch oneself who does not lose and want to become the number one in the world"

Yuito Suzuki pitcher (Sasuke Nagoya young people)

As "we had team help yesterday (we play from the first inning as pitcher), we were going to help team with own bat this time. What could swing well was good. We were conscious to relax, and to beat in center direction. As we are defeated by Cuba, it is never defeated until we fight against Cuba with Final Game again"

The fourth WBSC U-15 World Cup

Overview

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)

Location

Panama

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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