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Samurai Japan Women’s National Team wins a sweeping victory over Australia, winning the first round with the first place after sweeping all five games in the opening round

August 27, 2018

 SAMURAI JAPAN Women's faces Australia by opening round Game 5 of 8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup (Florida, America) on August 26 (Japan time 27th). We passed Group B the first place by victory, five clean scores in 5-1.

 Turn, this day showed calm game progressing from fight that writhed by game with Canada of Game 3, game with Cuba of Game 4.

 While first inning, top Tomomi Nakada outfielder (Dione) hold out by foul, we choose walk, and infielder Miwa Tanaka which entered the second for the first time (Asahitrust) sends meeting tight now. Two hits of three runs batted in and the third Iori Miura outfielder (Flora) who played an active part gave off left wing line two-base hit by game with Cuba on the day before here and scored the first plainly. Yuki Kawabata infielder (Astraia) followed by left wing line two-base hit, too and took two points away in this time and grasped initiative of game.

 Even if meeting first pitch first starting Miyu Shimizu (Asahitrust) permitted top of the second inning two extra-base hits and was close to within one point, there was not atmosphere to be upset by in team. After having added points by bases-loaded walk in bottom of the third inning, Nozomi Abe infielder (Hanamaui) hits center field timely hit. The batted ball which Yaya Kojima outfielder (International Pacific University) threw more to shortstop. Once was judged to be double play, but Kojima of the hitters runner became safe, and it was already addition with one point between double play breaks when Manager Megumi Kitta required video judgment for the first time.

 As for the hill staff, five times of starting Shimizu held out with five hits of 1 Run, and, as for the seventh inning, Akino Tanaka pitcher (Shobi University) succeeded in escaping without possibility of danger by one hit of no Run and stable continual pitching no hits nothing Run Asaka Tsuru pitcher (Reia) of pitch just meeting's first as for the sixth inning.

 Even defense fired good plays. Abe who followed third base took two double plays by fly ball and liner, and Chihiro Funakoshi catcher (Heisei International University) stabbed with run by check by second inning 1 out 1B, pinch of second base. Nakata which protected right-winger in fifth inning took out in grounded out to RF, and the Tanaka beauty of second baseman did diving catch, and game is over did hit that seemed to fall into the center field in seventh inning plop.

 We show lack of original mistake and win a clear-cut victory over offense and defense. Team which raised completeness at a stretch faces Super Round from 28th.

Comments by manager and players

Manager Megumi Kitta

It "was problem to have many start flies, but we wave well today and make rhythm and think that he/she did well. Team became one and was able to go up one stair. Super Round enjoys baseball, too and we do that you should do it and want to get victory"

Miyu Shimizu pitcher (Asahitrust)

"Overseas player had image that inside pitches was weak in, but we were arrested in second inning well and did Run. We talk with coach and kyacha from there and think whether it is growth to have been able to revise"

Yuki Kawabata infielder (Astraia)

"We had good entry from first inning. We think that it leads to the last of preliminary league next that such a game progressing was possible"

Nozomi Abe infielder (Hanamaui)

As "we troubled team by game with Canada, it passed with feeling that we lowered swing, and one hit was enough for in turn at bat. The first person is tense (meeting) and hardens and has known, but it is to have been able to play that you may be helped by rotations and wants to continue"

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)

Final

Saturday, September 1, 2018 7:00 Japan 6-0 Chinese Taipei
※The start time Japan time (Florida: at time difference -13 time)

Location

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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