Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday rained out at 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup

Second Round Schedule remodeled for Thursday and Friday

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Aguadulce, Panama. The second day of the second round at the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup turned out into an unintended off day for most of the teams, as rain hindered play in three stadiums on Wednesday. Only the game between the Netherlands and Australia in Santiago was started.

It turned out to be a tight contest between pitchers Dushan Ruzic (AUS) and Shairon Martis (NED), which saw each team score once in the second inning. But rain denied a completion, as the field became unplayable in the top of the seventh inning. After a lengthy delay the game was suspended and will be completed on Thursday. 

The other three games, which were on the schedule got rained out. In Chitre it started raining heavily one hour before game time of the contest between Venezuela and USA. Technical Commissioners of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) tried to save the day and moved the two games at Rico Cedeno to Remon Cantera in Aguadulce. But as soon as teams and officials arrived at the new site it started raining again and didn’t stop.

So the schedule for the rest of the second round had to be remodeled. On Thursday and Friday six games are set each day. Additionally the number of innings will be adjusted from nine innings to seven innings, as teams will play doubleheaders. Except for the completion of Wednesday’s suspended game between the Netherlands and Australia which will be played over nine innings from the point play stopped in the top of the seventh inning.  

Schedule:
Thursday, October 13
in Aguadulce
11h00 Canada - Venezuela (7)
15h30 Canada - Korea (7)
19h30 Panama - Korea (7)

in Santiago
12h00 USA - Australia (7)
15h30 Netherlands - Australia (completion of Wednesday’s game)
19h30 Cuba - Netherlands (7)

Friday, October 14
in Aguadulce
11h00 Korea - USA (7)
15h30 Venezuela - USA (7)
19h30 Venezuela - Netherlands (7)

Panama City
11h00 Panama - Australia (7)
15h30 Canada - Cuba (7)
19h30 Cuba - Panama (7)

Standings Second Round
1) Cuba 4-0
2) Netherlands 3-1
3) Panama 2-2
4) Australia 2-2
5) Canada 2-2
6) USA 1-3
7) Venezuela 1-3
8) Korea 1-3

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