Japan lost the final opening round game against Chinese Taipei, 2-9, at Ed Smith Stadium in the 30th WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup on September 14, JST / September 13 EST in Florida, the United States. Japan advances to the super round as the second-place team in group B.
Japanese starting lefty Kazuki Kozai allowed a hit, two walks, and early left the mound in a bases-loaded situation with two outs, struggling to find the international strike zone in the second. Right-handed pitcher Haruya Miyahara, who went out to pitch, gave up a three-run triple to left-center field by Taiwanese ninth batter ZHENG J.W. and an RBI single to right field by first batter CHIU H.
Taiwan got four more runs with two doubles and Japan's errors in the third. Japan lost out to Taiwan in the struggle by early-eight runs.
Japan had a run with an RBI single to center field that Hotaka Mitsuhiro hit in the fifth. Japanese sixth batter Kaito Ito hit a middle-infield single with an RBI in the sixth. However, Japan could not stage a comeback anymore.
Japanese batters could not handle Taiwanese starting righty LIN S.E, who threw a 92-mph fastball, and WU Y.C, who relieved LIN.
Japan had a win-loss record of 4-1 and advanced to the super round as a second-place team in group B of the opening league after Taiwan, which had four consecutive wins and no losses before its final game vs. Panama.
Game results; Group A: South Korea 1-0 Netherlands Canada 5-3 South Africa ※USA 10-0 Brazil ※Continuation game is scheduled at 10 pm on 9.14.2022, JST Group B: Mexico 8-7 Panama, Italy 4-5 Australia Japan 2-9 Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Japan’s results in the opening round; Group B: Japan 6-0 Italy (9.10.2022, JST) Japan 4-1 Mexico (9.11.2022, JST) Japan 5x-4 Panama (9.12.2022, JST) Japan 10-0 Australia (9.13.2022, JST) Japan 2-9 Chinese Taipei (9.14.2022, JST)
The game schedule in the super round / JST・Venue is undecided: 9.16 Fri 0:00 3rd place in Group B-3rd place in Group A 9.16 Fri 4:00 Japan(2nd place in Group B)-2nd place in Group A 9.16 Fri 8:00 Taiwan(1st place in Group B)-1st place in Group A 9.17 Sat 0:00 Japan(2nd place in Group B)-3rd place in Group A 9.17 Sat 4:00 Taiwan(1st place in Group B)-2nd place in Group A 9.17 Sat 8:00 1st place in Group A-3rd place in Group B 9.18 Sun 0:00 Taiwan(1st place in Group B)-3rd place in Group A 9.18 Sun 4:00 2nd place in Group A-3rd place in Group B 9.18 Sun 8:00 Japan(2nd place in Group B)-1st place in Group A