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Japan lost the game against the host country Panama – Losing two games makes it difficult to advance to the final

August 18, 2018

 On August 17 (Japan time 18th), Super Round Game 2 of the fourth WBSC U-15 World Cup is carried out, and SAMURAI JAPAN U-15 faces host country, Panama. We were pushed and, in complete away, were defeated by force of Panamanian players who defeated Cuba on the day before, and got on force with three to seven.

 Panamanian defense did three throw errors here and scored the first two points when we got to first base by hit that top Asahi Hanada (Nishi Yodo Boys) tore between 1B, second base in first inning.
 But the left arm, Kyohei Akiyama (Chikugo southern Hawks) which went up in the back, starting mound invites pinch with the bases full to opening batsman by in front of right hit of pureshiado ARA lie and error of the third baseman, Haruto Uchiyama (Bo, Habikino is) after the 1 out when we provide walk. We took grand slam in Gonzales kosshio here and forgave reversal.

 Became numerical inferiority in this, but give off in front of left field hit of Isshin Obata (all Suminoe young people) of starting member return when make chance with walk and stealing second of Seiya Fukuhara (yasujinoku young people spirits) which became participation in catcher this day in third inning; and to one point. Furthermore, we make a jumping catch of the batted ball that it is said to fall out over head of right, and Obata serves team in the other side and puts up.
 We pushed forward game as one point, but mistake overlaps with fifth inning in this way. When Akiyama permits opening batsman two-base hit, Manager Takayuki Shimizu sends Kyosuke Kuroyanagi (Sasuke Nagoya young people) to mound. But we have given three points in Sanchez mehia and timely, passed ball of ARA lie when we widened pinch in sacrifice bunt fielder's choice of catcher, Fukuhara.
 Was place where want to reverse these four points, but no-hit, is controlled to seventh inning for the last time by good throw of ball durability of right arm pinira Vargas who went up in mound from the forth inning middle, and game is over.

 In this way, Panama takes the first place as three wins one defeat with the United States, and SAMURAI JAPAN U-15 retreats with two wins two defeats with Cuba defeated by this day United States. Final Game advance became up to the situation of other countries in addition to giving win in vs USA on 18th (Japan time 19th 4:00 game start).

Comments by manager and players

Manager Takayuki Shimizu

"We were able to open the scoring, but were not able to bring the more quite good flow. Strong hit appeared substantially (the batting order was two hits), and there was already the batted ball of one step, too, but we have been blocked by good play of partner. Having understood such atmosphere (game while local great cheers of Panama continued) since before having begun. We think that there was not big influence"

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

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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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