Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cuba, Chinese Taipei to meet in Final of 12U Baseball World Championship

Finalists defeat Venezuela and Mexico in the Semi-Finals on Saturday to reach Title Game at Inaugural Event

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Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. Cuba and host Chinese Taipei will play in the final of the inaugural IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. Cuba improved to 7-0 in the tournament, when they beat Venezuela in semi-final number one on Saturday afternoon at Tien-Mou Stadium. Chinese Taipei followed them a few hours later with a win over Mexico, giving them their first loss. The championship game will be played on Sunday afternoon at 3pm local time at Tien-Mou Stadium.

Four more consolation and classification round games were played on Saturday. Japan took down Italy to reach the game for fifth place. They will face Brazil, which stunned Korea with a one-run victory. Also Hong Kong celebrated its first win this week, finishing off Indonesia for 11th place in the final standings. The Philippines will go home in 9th place after stunning Ecuador.

Semi-Finals

Cuba – Venezuela 4-2

Recap

A RBI fielder’s choice and a balk call in the fifth inning were needed to move Cuba 4-2 past Venezuela at Tien-Mou Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Jose Matos hit his tournament-leading sixth homerun for Cuba in the process. It was their seventh win in the seventh game.

Chinese Taipei – Mexico 7-1

Recap 

Following Cuba’s win at Tien-Mou Stadium, Chinese Taipei used a complete game by Tzu-Yang Chen and five runs in the third inning to beat Mexico 7-1 en route to the finals. It was the first loss for Isaac Paredes and Mexico in the tournament.

Consolation Round (5th to 8th)

Japan – Italy 8-1

Recap

Japan scored three runs in the third and five in the fourth en route to an 8-1 win over Italy at Youth Park on Saturday early afternoon. Three pitchers combined to allow just one hit, a run and two walks in the game. Japan will play for 5th, Italy for 7th on Sunday.

Korea – Brazil 5-6

Recap

Carlos Okuyama led Brazil to a 6-5 win over Korea and into the 5th place game. He drove in three runs and pitched a scoreless sixth to seal the deal for his team at Youth Park. Five runs in the top of the third put them on the winning lane. Korea has to settle for the 7th place contest.

Game for 9th Place

Ecuador – Philippines 2-7

Recap

The Philippines stunned Ecuador on Saturday afternoon at Shing-Sheng Stadium with a 7-2 victory to conclude the 12U Baseball World Championship in 9th place in the final standings. They scored in each of the first five innings to pull off the surprise win.

Game for 11th Place

Indonesia – Hong Kong 5-9

Recap

Hong Kong blew a 3-0 lead, but still ended up with a 9-5 win over Indonesia and 11th place in the tournament thanks to a five-run sixth at Shing-Sheng Stadium on Saturday morning. Indonesia is finishing in 12th place.

Outlook for Final Day

The last day of the inaugural IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship will take place on Sunday. The grand finale will be the championship game between Cuba and Chinese Taipei. Both teams already met in round one, when Cuba won 6-2 on opening day. The game at Tien-Mou Stadium is scheduled to start at 3pm local time with Cuba having home field advantage thanks to a coin flip on Friday evening.

Additionally the final standings from 3rd to 8th will be played out. In the morning at 10am at the Youth Park, Korea is facing Italy in the game for 7th place. Afterwards at the same place at 1pm Brazil is playing Japan in the game for 5th. At Tien-Mou Stadium Venezuela is squaring off with Mexico in the bronze medal game at 12pm. The game times for all Sunday games were moved up by one hour to give some wiggle room in case rain will return to Taipei City.

Schedule for Final Day
Sunday, July 17:
Championship Game:
  • 15h00 Cuba – Chinese Taipei (Tien-Mou)
Game for 3rd Place:
  • 12h00 Venezuela – Mexico (Tien-Mou)
Game for 5th Place:
  • 13h00 Brazil – Japan (Youth Park)
Game for 7th Place:
  • 10h00 Korea – Italy (Youth Park)
(Local Times Taipei City)

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