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Samurai Japan wins the close game against Chinese Taipei, achieving 7 straight wins since the opening of the tournament

August 30, 2018

 SAMURAI JAPAN Women's defeated Chinese Taipei of the world rank sixth place with 2 - 1 by Super Round Game 2 of 8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup (Florida, America) on August 29 (Japan time 30th).

 Fight between Super Round three clean scores. While hard fight was forced to, Japan decided Final Game advance by come-from-behind win.

 We reached pinch just after that when we missed bottom of the first inning 2 out two, initiative machine of third base. Miyu Shimizu pitcher (Asahitrust) which started in advance was considered to be top of the second inning 1 out second base and RF of the initiative went and permitted the sixth hitters of Chinese Taipei three-base hit at good time.

 It is still pinch of 1 out third base. Observing eye of Chihiro Funakoshi catcher (Heisei International University) shined here. The second pitch after 1 strike. We took off squeeze wonderfully saying "we think whether there was anything as batter looked at runner" and came through in the smallest Run.

 Perfect plane rotated this time on the back when we suppressed pinch of top of the third inning 2 out full bases in no Run. After 2 person continuation walk and hit by pitch, the third Iori Miura outfielder (Flora) sends in sacrifice bunt. Funakoshi refuses straight pitch from full count after the 2 out back in the center field and comes from behind. Funakoshi hit go-ahead hit by game with Cuba on 25th when we had a hard fight, and not only defense but also game strength in turn at bat shined.

 When we protect, Asaka Tsuru pitcher (Reia) of the left arm relieves in forth inning no outs first base. We controlled in no Run till the last and succeeded in escaping without being shaken by accident that game stopped for 45 minutes for thunder warning in seventh inning 1 out first base.

Comments by manager and players

Manager Megumi Kitta

"It was very hard fight. There were a lot of chances, but it is reflection not to have come by mutual understanding in part of method of score. Except hit was of narrow outlook on life, and hit already in scene with squeeze and end run, and did, and closed their necks, and did island. We have a meeting well when we do not plan mutual understanding a little more as we think last one not to be able to win"

Chihiro Funakoshi catcher (Heisei International University)

As "we were not able to return runner (about come-from-behind PH) by chance of first inning, as for the next, we thought. It is Japanese strength that there was strong pressure indeed in the latter half as it was 2-1, but even painful development can be sticky. Masaru wins all games and wants to reach Final Game tomorrow"

Asaka Tsuru pitcher (Reia)

As "we were told to prepare since before first inning began, there was shoulder. It always comes together with accident (in scene of seventh inning 1 out first base by thunder warning as for the 45 minutes interruption). We moved body and got ready to be able to go anytime. We threw and were fun"

The Ayaka Deguchi captain (Hanamaui)

"At first it was good to send to Final Game. There having been case which successful play matches pressure in camp, and there is not, but what scene where I never want score concentrates on in all the members, and is able to gain a complete victory being good. Next wants to win in good form, too"

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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