Game Report

Samurai Japan Women’s Team achieves the first-ever 6 consecutive wins without a lost game – Ayami Sato wins the MVP in three tournaments in a row

September 1, 2018

 SAMURAI JAPAN Women's tore Chinese Taipei with 6 - 0 in Final Game of 8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup (Florida, America) on August 31 (Japan time September 1) and achieved unreached the sixth straight victory. There is no defeat since we are defeated by the United States in preliminary league of 12 years meeting held in Canada in World Cup. We accomplished great achievement of 30 successive victories at footrail 4 meeting.

 We gave a vivid description of dignified presence of Queen in the first Asia confrontation in Final Game. We attack 2-1 and partner who won by a narrow margin by engine fully opening from first inning by Super Round Game 2 on 29th. It is opened the scoring in severe pitcher return of cleanup hitter, Yuki Kawabata infielder (Astraia) by bottom of the first inning 2 out third base. Furthermore, we added another one point in Chihiro Funakoshi catcher (Heisei International University), consecutive hits of Nozomi Abe infielder (Hanamaui).

 Only five hits captured the partner right arm which was not able to beat in seventh inning wonderfully two days ago. We show data of Opponent in chart after dispatched Katsuhiko Kido head coach and Akihiro Isaka coach of Osaka Gas entered Super Round at Hanshin and start clear instructions. We conveyed characteristic that there were many straight pitch of slider slalom and combination of pitches to exterior angle, and this day gave hint of the capture.

 The batting order adds points including steal for two single hits in second inning. We took advantage of disorder of partner defense in forth inning and took three points. Even if there was not one extra-base hit, we stole eight hits 3, and the batting order was connected to 2 sacrifice bunt, 1 sacrifice fly and repeated scores efficiently.

 When we protect, starting Ayami Sato pitcher (Dione) and Akino Tanaka pitcher (Shobi University) shut out, and they relay. Sato which played no-hit no score to seventh inning 2 out in vs USA on 28th was painful throw to carry the every time runner on its back to forth inning on that day. Straight pitch is caught, and gave up stands in follower by throw of spirit by 2 person barrages from second inning no outs. We achieved courageous shout by victory pose when we came through forth inning 2 out 1B, pinch of second base by struck out swinging. It is six hits of fifth inning no Run by throw of tenacity. We got 3 meeting continuation MVPs. We gave up 19 times of four games, and we gave three wins, and pitcher's earned run average was 0.37 and perfect result.

 Manager Megumi Kitta who showed World Cup first command as SAMURAI JAPAN first woman director succeeds to Small baseball that Former Manager Koichi Okura built. Team where the average age became younger 2 years old than meeting in 21.35 years old and the last time raised completeness after 3 degrees domestic camp from this February. 4 only in tight schedule to digest nine games in ten days complete blockade with five games, 59 times in total as for the Run. With high pitching strength and defense as big weapon, we achieved great achievement.

Comments by manager and players

Manager Megumi Kitta

"Hard game continued, but it finally became one and it was good was able to play baseball. When tears just after game is over watched smile of player, it vanished. Meeting had few teams which used steal and advancement PH, but baseball that Japan did in today's Final Game just felt that Sun which became standard sometime soon might come"

Ayami Sato pitcher (Dione)

"We were thirsty even if it swallowed up Wed for strain. It is dream of every time championship is so, but to throw on mound of Final Game. We threw out to what we gave up with feeling of thanks. Teammate who let you win contributes to 3 meeting continuation MVPs. World level rises, but wants to aim at further height not to yield to it"

The Ayaka Deguchi captain (Hanamaui)

"We were just thinking about how you were made to show power in strain and pressure as meeting had many players of first appearance. Honesty was uneasy, but we grew up whenever we experienced game, and all were able to afford before meeting even if we protected today. We realized when we grew up"

Akino Tanaka pitcher (Shobi University)

When "Sato controlled after it was made hit and must not break the flow in having thrown a ball that it was great, we were tense very much. It is treasure of life we throw with six or seven times, and to have been in the middle of ground at moment of championship. Feeling that next wanted to also give up in Final Game was heated"

Yuki Kawabata infielder (Astraia)

"We squeezed and strongly waved to outside straight one when we did not take as first inning (as for the initial RBI hit) as we became hard when we wanted to hit somehow or other. Thing first as for being the older in national team. As there were many players of first appearance, there were a sense of responsibility and pressure. We could win and were relieved"

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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