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5th October 09
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28th September
USA DEFENDS WORLD CUP:

27th September
USA DEFEATS CUBA TO TAKE GOLD AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP SUNDAY:

26th September
RESULTS FROM SATURDAY

25th September 2009
LATEST FROM THE BASEBALL WORLD CUP:

24th September
BASEBALL WORLD CUP LATEST UPDATES:

22nd September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP FINAL EIGHT BEGINS TUESDAY IN ITALY

21st September
Final Eight Nations Set, Seedings To Be Determined Monday As Baseball World Cup Reaches Championship:

September 18th
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES

17th September
THURSDAYS RESULTS
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17th September 2009
DUTCH & CUBANS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP
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16th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

13th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

12th September 2009
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP...RESULTS AND NOTES FOR END OF ROUND ONE

11th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES:  DAY THREE

10th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY TWO RESULTS AND NOTES

9th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY ONE SUMMARIES


12th September 2009
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP...RESULTS AND NOTES FOR END OF ROUND ONE

SECOND ROUND MATCHUPS SET TO BEGIN SUNDAY ACROSS ITALY AND THE NETHERLANDS


SECOND ROUND BEGINS SUNDAY: The second round, which will be held at sites in the Netherlands and Italy, begins on Sunday 13 September with eight games, including Netherlands-Korea and Puerto Rico-Spain (Amsterdam), Australia-Netherlands Antilles (Piacenza), Cuba-Great Britain (Haarlem), Venezuela-Nicaragua (Rotterdam), Italy-Chinese Taipei (Firenze), and USA-Canada (Reggio Emilia).

The complete second round matchups for the week can be seen at:

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SATURDAY RESULTS

CUBA 5 SPAIN 4:
Yosvany Peraza hit a pinch hit three-run homer that become a two-run in the bottom of the eighth, but those two runs proved to be the deciding margin in the game of the tournament in Spain as the first round of baseball’s World Cup, Group B

MEXICO 10 AUSTRALIA 9:
Mexico completed a 3-0 first round but had to rally after building a big lead to defeat the hard-hitting Aussies. Second inning two run home runs by Cristian Presichi and Carlos Valencia keyed an 8-2 Mexican lead going into the bottom of the sixth, when Australia rallied.  Australia sent 10 men to the plate in the inning scoring five times, including a lead off home run by Christopher Snelling and four separate RBI singles by to cut the lead to 8-7. Mexico extended the lead to 9-7 in the top of the eighth, but the Aussies tied the game at nine when Joel Naughton hit a two run homer off reliever Alan Guerrero in the bottom of the frame.  In the ninth, Edgar Quintero had a one out double off pitcher Joshua Hill and came around to score on Presichi’s single to make it 10-9. Australia had a chance to tie with two out in the bottom of the ninth, when Stefan Welsh reached on an error, but Matthew Kennelly grounded out against reliever Hector Navarro to end the game.

USA 8 CHINA 0: 
Team USA advanced to the second round, shutting out winless China on Saturday afternoon in front of 5,900 at the Armin Wolf Arena in Regensburg by a score of 8-0. Terry Tiffee’s two run first inning home run was the only scoring until the U.S. broke the game open with a sixth run eighth inning, highlighted by a Josh Kroeger homer. Trevor Reckling went seven scoreless innings for the win, allowing three hits and three walks.

NICARAGUA 8 JAPAN 4:
With the win, Nicaragua secured first place in Pool D in Zagreb.  The Latin American qualifier jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first behind third baseman Jimmy Morales Gonzales’ fifth home run of the first round.  Espinoza Lopez made it 4-0 with another homer in the third and Nicaragua broke it open in the fourth with two more homers by Esteban Garcia (solo) and Espinoza Lopez (3-run). Starter Esteban Perez went six innings and had a lot of success mixing changeups with sliders and working with a lot of movement low in the zone. He left with an 8-1 lead (one earned run on three hits). Japan got within 8-4 in the seventh behind a three-run home run by Tsutomu Sasaki, but it didn’t score again.  It was Team Nicaragua’s first win over Japan since 1990.

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 9 KOREA 5: 
Ardley Jansen erased an early deficit with a towering three-run home run in the fifth inning and added an RBI-single in the seventh as Netherlands Antilles came from behind to upset Korea, 9-5, securing a second-place finish in Group C. Korea had a one-run lead going into the fifth inning when Antilles put together a two out rally as shortstop Raywendley van Gurp and first baseman Andley Simmons hit back-to-back base hits setting up Jansen’s big fly to left centre, his second home run of the tournament. Antilles extended its lead in the seventh as pinch hitter Quincy Martina doubled and scored on a throwing error and Jansen drove in his fourth run of the day. Starting pitcher Johannes Gregorius, Jr. surrendered a run in each of the first two innings but settled down and hurled four straight scoreless frames before tiring in the seventh.  It is the first time in its history the small Caribbean nation will advance in the World Cup.

GREAT BRITAIN 4 CROATIA 1:
Starter Brian Essery and reliever Thomas Boleska limited Croatia to five hits and struck out 10 to help Great Britain claim their first victory  in the 2009 IBAF World Cup. Great Britain got to starter James Summers in the fifth, getting on the scoreboard on an RBI double by left fielder Matthew McGraw. Catcher Christopher Berset’s two run homer made it 3-0 in the sixth, and Croatia could get no closer. They scored their only run an RBI double by right fielder Branko Nenadic in the eighth. 

PUERTO RICO 12 SOUTH AFRICA 0: 
Carlos Rivera hit a two run first inning home run, and Puerto Rico went on to rout South Africa 12-0 in a game ended after seven innings in the final game in Barcelona.

VENEZUELA 12 GERMANY 1:
Orlando Perdomo scattered six hits and allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings as Venezuela jumped out to a 6-0 lead and routed homestanding Germany 12-1 in the final game of round one. Venezuela scored four runs in the second, two coming on a Chavez double, and got a solo home run from Landaeta in the third to break the game open..

CHINESE TAIPEI 10 CZECH REPUBLIC 1: 
Chinese Taipei scored four runs in the first and six in the second and then were held scoreless the rest of the way, but still defeated Czech Republic in Prague. Chinese Taipei strung together five singles and plated four runners in the first off starter Peter Minarik. Hung-Yu Lin drove in four runs in the first two innings with a pair of singles to lead a balanced attack. Chu-Chien Hsu and Yu-Ching Lin combined on a four hitter for Chinese Taipei.

CANADA 19 SWEDEN 1:
For the second day in a row, Sweden set their baseball attendance record, but 2,100 fans went home early as a veteran Canada team pounded out 19 runs on 18 hits in just five innings. The Swedes actually led 1-0 after one, when Pilegard homered off pitcher Brooks McNiven, but Canada answered back by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on seven hits in the second.

NOTES

ATTENDANCE MARKS FOR ROUND ONE: 

Further evidence of baseball’s growth in Europe was seen throughout the first round attendance numbers at local sites.  Leading the way was Regensburg, Germany, which saw crowds in excess of 5,000 for almost all of the three days of competition, highlighted by a Friday night crowd of almost 10,000 fans for USA-Germany. Friday night’s Jahn Regensburg soccer match drew approximately 5,000 at the same time, which is a solid sign of interest in baseball in Germany. At other sites, Sweden had a capacity crowd of over 2,100 for Saturday’s final day and strong crowds approaching 1,500 on the others. Spain had overflow crowds on both Friday and Saturday in excess of the 1,500 seating capacities for their games with Puerto Rico and Cuba. And Prague had an overflow of 2,500 for Saturday and crowds in excess of 1,500 for Friday, all positive signs of growth. Large crowds are expected in both the Netherlands and Italy for round two. 

FUTURES STARS LEAD CANADIAN DOMINANCE IN ROUND ONE:
 
Canada outscored their opponents 43-2 in their three games in Sweden, and were led by Texas Rangers prospect Tim Smith (7-10, 2 HR 8 RBI). Future’s Game MVP, Eastern League All-Star and Minnesota Twins prospect Rene Tosoni 6-13 1 HR 7 RBI) and Houston Astros prospect Brett Lawrie (5-15 1 HR, 5 RBI).  Their pitching staff allowed only nine hits in the three games as well.

WHO IS NICARAGUA’S FIVE HOMER GUY?:
 Nicaragua’s 3-0 first round start has been led by solid pitching and the long ball of third baseman Jimmy Morales Gonzalez, who has hit five home runs in their first three games.  The 31 year old Gonzalez played in the Pioneer and California Leagues from 1998-2000 in the Dodgers organisation, for Great Falls and San Bernadino, and has played for Granada in the Nicaraguan Professional League since then.  He had 20 HR and 180 RBI with a .295 average in his three seasons in the minors.

USA’S RECKLING TIES STRIKEOUT MARK, TEAM SETS ONE: 
USA starting pitcher, Texas League All-Star and Los Angeles Angels prospect Trevor  Reckling became just the fourth USA pitcher to reach double digits in strikeouts in a World Cup game, as he fanned 11 Chinese over seven innings on Saturday.  His 11 strikeouts tied the mark of former Dodger and Cubs pitcher Burt Hooten, who fanned 11 consecutive batters in 1970.  Reckling also joined Ben McDonald (1988) and Hank Woodman (2003) as the only USA pitchers to reach double digits in a game. Overall Team USA set their own World Cup record with 16 strikeouts vs. China, breaking the mark of 14 set against Brazil in 2003.

SPANISH TWINS/ORIOLES PROSPECTS LEAD SPAIN TO ROUND TWO: 
They went only 1-2 in round one, but with narrow losses to world baseball powers Cuba (5-4) and Puerto Rico (5-3) Spain will move on to the second round. The twin brothers, Paco (5-11) and Daniel (5-12, 4 RBI) Figueroa (both in the Baltimore Orioles organisation) led Spain, who also got five shutout innings from San Diego Padres prospect Eric Gonzalez, the winner in Spain’s 15-0 whitewash of South Africa. 

PROSPECTS SMOAK, DAVIS, COATES POWER USA BATS: 
Texas Rangers prospect Justin Smoak (5-9 3 HR 7 RBI), first baseman and New York Mets prospect Ike Davis (4-9, 1 HR, 1 3B) and Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Buck Coates (5-12 1 HR 2 RBI) have helped pace Team USA at the plate in round one.

AUSSIES HIT THEIR WAY TO ROUND TWO: 
Australia smacked 10 home runs and scored 31 runs in their first round matchups, going 2-1 with a close loss to Mexico Saturday.  Philadelphia Phillies prospect Tim Kennelly’s three homers and 8 RBI while Minnesota Twins prospect James Beresford led the team in hits with seven in the three games. Six Twins prospects are on the Australia roster.