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Cuba Survives, Japan wins

August 14th, 2008

At the evening games of Olympic Baseball Second Day, Cuba defeat Canada 7-6 despite less hits, and Chinese Taipei once tie with Japan but failed at the 9 inning and got an 1-6 lost.

Game 7: Game Summary(Box Score)

Team   1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9  R  H  E LOB
Canada 0 0 2  1 0 2  0 1 0   6  9  2  7
Cuba   0 3 0  0 0 4  0 0 X   7  5  2  5

From Bob Duff of Canwest News Service:

As Yogi Berra might say, it was deja vu all over again for Canada’s Olympic baseball team.

Here they were, late in the game, holding a two-run advantage over Cuba, positioned to deliver the upset.

Then the Cubans upset those plans.

Two-run homers by Alexander Malleta and Alfredo Despaigne in the sixth inning erased a 5-3 Canadian lead, powering Cuba (2-0) to a 7-6 victory over Canada (1-1) on the second day of the Olympic tournament.

So close, but once again, no Cuban cigar.

“We know when we come out here, we’re in a game,” said Canadian second baseman Stubby Clapp of Windsor, Ont. “You can’t let up on them. They always come back.”
Usually, to haunt the Canadians.

“This is the type of game of we play every time,” Clapp said. “We’re just one hit away, one swing away from winning the game.”

The outcome was starkly familiar to the semifinal of the Olympic baseball tournament four years ago in Athens. In that game, Canada carried a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning before the Cubans exploded for six runs, then held on for an 8-5 triumph.

Emotionally devastated, Canada performed dismally in an 11-2 loss to Japan in the bronze-medal game.

While disappointing, at this stage of the tournament, this setback shouldn’t set Canada back in similar fashion.

“It’s better to lose a game like this early in the tournament than later on when you can’t do anything about it,” said Canadian manager Terry Puhl, a native of Melville, Sask.

“That’s the best part,” added Clapp. “We got it over now.

“It’s our turn next.”

Two games into the tournament, the Canadians have displayed plenty of power. Outfielder Mike Saunders of Victoria has homered in both games, while outfielder Nick Weglarz of Stephensville, Ont., clouted two homers against the Cubans.

After Cuba grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second inning, Weglarz completed a Canadian rally, tying the score at 3-3 when he hit a solo shot to lead off the fourth inning, a long homer that banked off one of the flagpoles in centre field. His two-run bomb in the sixth gave Canada a 5-3 advantage.

“On the first one, I was looking for my pitch and I got it,” Weglarz said. “The one I hit to right field, I was just trying to get the runner over.

“We’ve got a lot of power on this team. We’re a good hitting team.”

While they’ve displayed a propensity for the long ball, the Canadians’ ability to come up with the timely hit spelled their demise against the Cubans, stranding five runners in scoring position.

“That’s baseball,” Weglarz said. “You can’t always execute.”

The Cuban game was the beginning of a gauntlet of baseball powers for Canada in this tournament. The Canadians play South Korea (1-0) on Friday. The Korean game against China on Thursday morning was halted by rain and will be resumed Sunday.

Following that, it’s showdown with the United States (1-1) on Saturday, then after an off day, a showdown with Japan (1-1) on Monday.

The top four teams in the eight-team tournament through round-robin play advance to the medal round.

“Yes, this is one we let get away,” Puhl said of the loss to the Cubans. “But if we continue to play with this kind of intensity, we’re going to be in the medal round.”

Game 8: Game Summary(Box Score)

Team            1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9   R  H  E LOB
Japan           0 0 0  0 1 1  0 0 4   6  9  1  8
Chinese Taipei  0 0 0  1 0 0  0 0 0   1  4  0  3

From China post:

Taiwan’s baseball team was defeated by Japan 1-5 in a long 9-inning battle at the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Taiwanese team was rated an underdog versus the strong Japanese team for the evening game, but the players managed to take an early 1-0 lead over Japan at the end of the 4th inning while pitcher Hsu Wen-hsiung successfully held the Japanese scoreless.

Hsu was relieved by left-hand pitcher Ni Fu-teh at the end of the 5th inning after a solo homerun by the Japanese catcher to tie the game 1-1.

After a Japanese player reached 2nd base, Ni was replaced by the third pitcher Chang Chih-chia.

Chang struck out a Japanese batter, but was unable to stem the next hitter who allowed Japan to take the lead 2-1 in the 6th inning.

Both teams were unable to score in the 7th inning. However, the Japanese team widened its lead to 6-1 to wrap up the intense competition.

This was the first defeat for the Chinese Taipei team after they blanked the Netherlands in a 5-0 victory Wednesday that also saw Cuba beat Japan 4-2.

The Taiwanese players are scheduled to take on the Chinese baseball team at 10:00 a.m. in Beijing today.

Canada, Chinese Taipei shutdown China, Netherland

August 13th, 2008

Day one of 2008 Olympic Games is finished, the first two games in the morning, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) begins the Olympics with 5-0 win over Netherland, and Canada use mercy rule with 10-0 shutdown host China.

Game 1: Game Summary(Box Score)
Team           1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9  R  H  E LOB
Netherlands    0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0  4  1  3
Chinese Taipei 0 1 0  3 0 1  0 0 X  5  7  0  7

From Taipei Times:

Pitching like the staff ace that he has become, Chen Wei-yin struck out seven over seven shutout innings to lead Taiwan past the Netherlands in a convincing 5-0 win in Game One of the Beijing Olympic baseball tournament at the Wukesong Baseball Field in Beijing yesterday.

The Kaohsiung County native, who enjoyed an outstanding amateur career at various levels of competition prior to being selected by the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s professional league in 2004, was simply magnificent in holding a potent Dutch lineup to three scattered singles over seven scoreless frames.

Fellow reliever Cheng Kai-wen finished off with a near-perfect eighth and ninth to keep the shutout victory intact for Taiwan.

“I couldn’t be happier with my performance today,” an excited Chen said after the game. “The velocity, control and breaking ball were all working as well as they can.”

Doing the damage at the plate with his bat was speedy outfielder Chang Jien-ming who went a team-best two-for-three with a pair of RBIs to keep his team on the wining track.

A patient Lin Chih-sheng showed exceptional discipline at the batter’s box with three drawn walks to jumpstart two of Taiwan’s three scoring rallies.

The contest began with Taiwan wasting little time getting to Dutch starter David Bergman in the bottom of the second with Lin drawing a walk, advancing to third on a double by Jiang Chih-hsien before scoring on Luo Guo-hui’s sacrifice-fly to claim a quick 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless third, Taiwan moved on again with Lin drawing a leadoff walk off Bergman and Luo following in his footsteps one out later to place runners on first and second to set up Yeh Jung-chang’s RBI-single that made it 2-0.

That was not all the runs that Taiwan would score in the fourth as Lin Tseh-hsuan also came through with a bases-loaded single for Taiwan’s third run of the game.

Chang then brought in the fourth run with another sacrifice-fly to give his team a comfortable 4-0 advantage at the end of the fourth.

Doubles by Shih Chih-wei and Chang in the bottom of the sixth scored the fifth and final run of the game for Taiwan which was more than ample for the win as the Dutch made it to second base only twice let alone scoring a run in the lopsided win.

Game 2: Game Summary(Box Score)
Team    1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9   R  H  E  LOB
Canada  0 0 0  3 2 0  1 4    10 10  0   6
China   0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0     0  8  2   7

From CBC Sports:

China was shown no mercy — well, one inning’s worth — by Team Canada in its historic first foray into Olympic baseball.

Chris Begg and two relievers combined on an eight-hitter as Team Canada crushed China 10-0 in eight innings in the preliminary round of men’s baseball at the Summer Games in Beijing on Wednesday.

Begg, a right-hander from Uxbridge, Ont., scattered six hits over 6 2/3 innings and struck out nine batters, including the side in the bottom of the fifth.

“The strikeouts, generally that is not my game,” he said. “I tend to try to place my pitches and get them to put the ball in play.”

“He is one of our best pitchers, in terms of knowing how to pitch,” Canadian manager Terry Puhl said. “If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t be here.

“He has had some shoulder injuries. But the man knows how to pitch.”

Ottawa’s Tim Burton and Rheal Cormier, a former major leaguer from Moncton, N.B., mopped up in relief before the mercy rule went into effect.

“I’m going to be going to him a lot,” Puhl said of Cormier.

Scott Thorman of Cambridge, Ont., homered and drove in three runs, Adam Stern of London, Ont., had two runs batted in, and Victoria’s Michael Saunders capped the scoring with a solo home run.

Winnipeg’s Stubby Clapp, Nick Weglarz of Stevensville, Ont., and Jimmy Van Ostrand of Richmond, B.C., had the other RBIs.

“We have good hitters,” Puhl said. “If they continue to have quality at-bats, we’re going to score some runs.”

Chinese starter Bu Tao was tagged with the loss, permitting seven runs — two unearned — on five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Bu equalled Begg pitch for pitch through three scoreless innings before finally flinching in top of the fourth inning, yielding singles to Clapp and Saunders to put runners aboard for Thorman, Canada’s hulking clean-up hitter.

Thorman launched a towering home run over the wall in right field to make it 3-0.

“For three innings, it was nail-biting time,” he said. “We had one hit through three innings.

“In a situation like this, the first runs mean so much and we were fortunate to get rolling. Until that point, we were taking nothing for granted and nothing lightly.”

Canada scored twice off reliever Liu Kai in the fifth inning, the first run crossing the plate on a wild pitch and the second on Weglarz’s bases-loaded walk.

Canada went ahead 6-0 in the seventh inning, and piled up four more runs in the eighth.

Chris Robinson was hit by a pitch, took second base on an errant pickoff attempt, and Garcia walked to bring up Stern, who delivered both runners with a soft triple that bounced beyond the reach of centre-fielder Sun Lingfeng.

Clapp later cashed Stern with a sacrifice fly and Saunders ripped a solo homer to right off reliever Li Weiliang to complete the scoring.

“Today was not a good day for us,” Chinese manager Jim Lefebvre said. “We’re a much better team than we showed.”

Canada, which went 6-1 in Olympic qualifying, is determined to improve on its fourth-place finish at the 2004 Athens Games, when it lost 11-2 to Japan in the bronze-medal game.

The five players retained from that squad — Begg, Clapp, Mike Johnson, Ryan Radmanovich and Stern — know the supreme test will be Thursday’s preliminary game showdown with three-time defending champion Cuba (5:49 a.m. ET, CBC Sports.ca).

As much as China was excited by the prospect of competing in baseball for the first time at Beijing, the sport won’t be retained at the 2012 London Olympics.

Canada Announces 2008 Olympic Team

July 11th, 2008

Baseball Canada just Announces the 2008 Olympic Team, they released the 24 man rosters(including six returning players from the 2004 Olympic team that finished fourth in Athens.), four coaches and four support staff members that will represent Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing August 13-24.

“This is a tremendous time for Baseball Canada and we are very excited about our Olympic team,” says Ray Carter, the association’s president. “The Olympic Games are the pinnacle of competition and to represent our country this summer is a great honor we hold very dear.”

“Selecting this team has been a challenging process, but we’re anxious to get going and have high hopes for our team in Beijing,” says Greg Hamilton, Baseball Canada’s Director of National Teams.

A total of 15 players on the team and the entire coaching staff and three of the four support staff are returning together after participating in last March’s Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Taichung, Taiwan, where Canada finished first in the eight-team tournament to claim one of three remaining berths to the Olympics.

This summer’s Olympic team will be managed by Terry Puhl, who played 15 seasons in the majors and who led the Canadian team at the 2007 IBAF World Cup in Taipei, Taiwan and the Final Olympic Qualifier team in Taichung, Taiwan.

“We have a very good mix of experience and youth on this ball club,” says Puhl. “The World Cup and Qualifier was a chance to give our younger guys some invaluable international experience and I believe that this team is more than capable of winning a medal.”

Baseball Canada’s Olympic team will convene in Toronto on July 28 to begin its Olympic training camp. The team will participate in a golf tournament which will be open to the media at Lionhead Golf & Country Club on July 29 at 8:30 am and will hold a practice open to the media on July 30 at Connorvale Park in Etobicoke from 3:00-6:30 pm.

The Canadian team will then participate in a pre-Olympic exhibition series from August 1-4 in Cary, North Carolina and Durham, North Carolina against the U.S. Olympic Team, followed by a pair of exhibition games against the Netherlands on August 9 and 10 in Beijing in preparation for the Summer Games, which will include the U.S., the Dutch, Cuba, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea in the baseball event.

Here is Chinese Version.

Matt Rogelstad is expected in Team Canada

July 9th, 2008

From BOB MACKIN, 24 of 24 Hours Vancouver, New Westminster’s Matt Rogelstad is expected to be named third baseman for Canada’s Olympic baseball team.

“The excitement’s definitely building and I’m getting antsy,” Rogelstad told the Potomac News, which said Baseball Canada has sought Rogelstad’s temporary release from the Washington Nationals’ organization to play in the Beijing Games. Rogelstad was promoted yesterday from the single A Potomac Nationals to the double A Harrisburg Senators.

And Robert Daski of Potomac News has more.

As it gets closer to the day when Matt Rogelstad boards a flight for Beijing, he gets giddy when speaking of the opportunity he has to play in the Olympics.
“The excitement’s definitely building and I’m getting antsy,” the Potomac Nationals’ infielder said.
Rogelstad, who is from New Westminster in British Columbia, is likely to play third base for Canada in the Olympic Games. Canada’s roster is supposed to be officially released in the next day or so.
A Canadian baseball representative has contacted Washington Nationals officials to request Rogelstad’s services for the Olympics and Washington officials have granted him permission to play in the games.
“We anticipate he will be selected for the team,” Washington director of player development Bobby Wil-liams said.

If so, Rogelstad is imagining what it will be like.
“There will be a little bit of nerves, but as an athlete you try and find ways to minimize them and remain re-laxed,” Rogelstad said. “That’s the key. It’s the same game being played over there as I’m playing right here.”
Rogelstad will leave for Toronto on July 28 for three days of team functions and then the Canadian team will travel to North Carolina for a four-day exhibition series against the United States before departing for Beijing.
Rogelstad anticipates marching in the opening ceremonies on Aug. 8. It is then when he will realize the meaning of being an Olympian.
“I don’t think it’ll hit me until the opening ceremonies when we walk into the tunnel in front of 120,000 peo-ple or whatever it is,” Rogelstad said. “The light bulbs will be flashing everywhere and there will be a couple billion people watching on T.V.”
Canada opens play on Aug. 13 against China. It seeks to erase the disappointment of finishing fourth at the 2004 games.
“We have a lot of power in our lineup with the bats and some good pitching,” Rogelstad said. “In a short tournament like this, it’s a sprint to the finish line and anyone can beat anyone on any given day. I think we’ve got a great shot.”
Eight teams, including the United States, participate in the competition. The top four finishers in the pre-liminary round advance to the semifinals on Aug. 22. The gold medal game is Aug. 23.
Rogelstad has much to offer his team. He hit .360 with two home runs during the Olympic qualifying tour-nament. He is hitting .274 with eight home runs and 39 RBI for Potomac and was a 2008 Carolina League All-Star.
Potomac’s postseason will be a week away when he returns. Potomac is a playoff team, having won the Northern Division in the first half and Rogelstad will try to stay focused.
“It’s going to be pretty intense overseas, so you try to maintain it coming back,” Rogelstad said. “But you try to look at the positive side and that we are a playoff team, so we’ll have the playoffs to look forward to when I come back.”

Stubby Clapp gets green light for Olympics

May 18th, 2008

10 days after Stubby Clapp, who known for his grit, hustle and trademark back flip, was turned down a request, Houston Astros changes mind and decide to let the heart and soul of Canada’s baseball team making the trip to Beijing to play.

STAR WIRE SERVICES has more detail.

The Houston Astros had a change of heart yesterday, granting the national team icon permission to play for Canada at the Olympics after initially rejecting the idea.

Nearly a week-and-a-half of delicate talks between Clapp, the hitting coach for Houston’s Class-A affiliate Lexington, Baseball Canada and the Astros took place before the 35-year-old received clearance in a morning conversation.

“Sometimes if you really love something you do what you can do to pursue it hard,” Clapp told The Canadian Press. “Either way if I got to go or not, I’m happy the situation is resolved. I’m happy with the way Houston handled it, they’re a class organization and I’m very happy with the way things worked out.”

The back-and-forth over the issue was particularly hard on Clapp, who dedicated himself to the final Olympic cycle before hanging up his glove for good, but found himself caught between career and country.

With a contract due to expire after the season and the Astros not keen on him missing a month July 28-Aug. 24 for the Olympics, he had to tread carefully.

“I told them that if my job is in jeopardy if I go that I wanted to stay,” said Clapp. “All the credit goes to Houston. I had to think about my team’s needs and about taking care of my family. I have a wife and two kids, my job was my priority.

“This is a great organization, I want to pursue my career with Houston.”

So does Jim Parker of Windsor Star.

“They’re going to let me go,” Clapp said.

Earlier this month, the Astros freed up Leamington-native Danny Klassen and Jimmy Van Ostrand to play for Canada, but turned down Baseball Canada’s request for Clapp because he was a coach in the organization and not a player.

“When they came back and said it was too much time for a coach, it was completely understandable,” said Clapp, who will be gone from July 28 to Aug. 24. “I had no qualms.”

But Clapp, who is the hitting coach for Houston’s Class A team in Lexington, knew he would have a chance to speak to team officials.

Bennett was in Lexington for organizational meetings last weekend and Clapp sat down and proposed a shorter time frame for him to be away from the team.

“He said they would reconsider,” Clapp said.

But the married father of two young boys made it clear to Bennett that he didn’t want to risk his job in the organization to play for Canada.

“My livelihood is on the line,” Clapp said. “I told him, ‘I can’t afford to lose my job. If there’s any issue, just tell me and there’ll be no words. I want to be with the Houston Astros.'”

Bennett came back with more than Clapp could have hoped.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry about your job,'” Clapp said, “‘Just go and finish what you started.'”

The organization imposed no time limit for Clapp, who will use the full timetable.

“I’ve committed to the whole thing,” Clapp said. “I need the (extra) time to get ready (physically).”

Canadian manager Greg Hamilton has his own thoughts on why the Astros had a change of heart.

“I think it was two things,” Hamilton said. “They saw how passionate he was to play and how passionate a nation was to have him play.”

The Astros aren’t saying there was public pressure, but both Hamilton and Clapp know the organization heard from many Canadians.

“There were some haste words and while I appreciate the support, I wish they would have been thought out, but I understand that people don’t know what’s at stake,” Clapp said. “They’re a class organization and I’d say that even if they hadn’t let me go.”

While he’s played just 23 games in the Major Leagues with St. Louis, Hamilton is thrilled to have him on board.

“He’s certainly the face of the program,” Hamilton said. “He’s been front and centre of everything we’ve accomplished.”

He batted .364 in helping Canada earn an Olympic berth at the final qualifier, which was held in Taipei in March.

“He brings a lot to the team,” Hamilton said. “He just brings that never-say-die attitude, that calming presence and at the same time he gives a lift.

“Every player knows he’s given every ounce to get where he has when many people didn’t think he would. He’s a special guy.”

And Clapp is ready to write the final chapter of his playing career and put the disappointment of a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Olympic Games behind him.

“What a way to be able to write the final chapter,” Clapp said. “Go over, write the Cinderella story and win the gold medal, and come home and be done playing.”

So let’s Clapp and his famous backflip are headed for Beijing, and he will keep coaching in the future.

Stubby Clapp not going to Beijing Olympics

May 8th, 2008

One of the most icon of Team Canada, Stubby Clapp did not get permission to play Olympic 2008, according to CBSsports.ca.

Canada’s Olympic baseball team will have to compete at the Beijing Games this summer without its most popular and scrappiest player, CBCSports.ca has learned.

Baseball Canada was informed that second baseman Stubby Clapp was denied permission to play for the Olympic team.

Greg Hamilton, coach and director for the national teams, was told by the Houston Astros, who employ Clapp as a hitting coach for their Class A affiliate team in Lexington, Ky., on Monday that the Windsor, Ont., native would remain with the organization.

“The Houston Astros have turned down our request for Stubby to play for us,” Hamilton told CBCSports.ca. “It’s a blow. Stubby Clapp brings leadership to the team and in many ways is the face of the program.”

Hamilton has spoken to Clapp “three of four times” since Monday’s decision by the Astros and said the 35-year-old veteran was “obviously disappointed” he woudn’t be going to Beijing.

Calls to Clapp and the Houston Astros were not immediately returned.

Clapp is in his second year with the Astros organization after retiring as a full-time player. Hamilton suggested that Clapp might be leary of pushing the Olympic issue with the Astros because his contract expires on Oct. 31.

While Hamilton is disappointed with the major-league club’s decision, he understands the business side of its desire to keep Clapp in Lexington.

“The last thing that I want to portray here is that the Houston Astros are cold,” said Hamilton. “They had to make a tough decision. Their view is that they hired Stubby as a coach. He came to them and applied for that job as a coach, not a player.”

Hamilton also said Clapp may not have been ready to play because the veteran suffered a knee injury during Canada’s last Olympic qualifying game in March against Germany.

Clapp took out the German catcher at home plate but collided knees with his opponent.

Clapp had a couple of MRIs done on the knee and it hasn’t responded well since he left the qualifer, according to Hamilton.

“Stubby has a physical issue that might have precluded him from playing anyway,” he said. “[Neither] he nor our medical people know whether that knee would be good enough to go [for Beijing]. So he’s got that issue even if he was granted permission. If we had to go to the [Olympics] today, he wouldn’t be able to play.

“The worst view is he’s looking at operations and the most optimistic view is he can rehab it and be ready to go.”

The Astros did grant first baseman/outfielder James Van Ostrand the oppotunity to compete for Canada this summer, but Hamilton views the two decisions as separate issues.

“It wasn’t easy for them to say no to Stubby,” said Hamilton, who wouldn’t reveal Clapp’s replacement at second. “They were at a point where they needed him and for Stubby to be gone for another month was very difficult to say yes to. They weren’t comfortable doing it. I have no bad feelings toward the Houston Astros and I understand where they are coming from.”

Clapp has been a longtime member of Canada’s national team.

Drafted by the St. Louis in the 36th round of the 1996 amateur draft, Clapp played 23 games with the Cardinals and spent the rest of his career in the minor leagues.

He first made a name for himself at 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.

During round-robin play, the underdog Canadians faced the more experienced and talented American team. Clapp walked to the plate with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and the score tied 6-6.

More than cross-border bragging rights were on the line when Clapp blooped a single that dropped between the shortstop and left-fielder to give Canada the unexpected win.

The hit turned Clapp into a Canadian cult hero and was a media darling among Canadian journalists.

Clapp then participated at the 2004 Athens Olympics where he almost helped guide Canada to a medal. The team finished fourth.

Beijing will be baseball’s final Olympic appearance as the IOC dropped the sport for the 2012 Games in London. However, IOC president Jacques Rogge has urged the federation to apply for reinstatement in time for the 2016 Olympics.

Not a good news for Team Canada and Olympic 2008.

Final Olympic Qualifier is over!

March 14th, 2008

After eight days of competition, IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament is over, South Korea, Canada, Taiwan qualify for Beijing Olympics baseball, Canada finishes first, Taiwan loses to South Korea, finishes third.

“The goal coming in was to qualify for the Olympics,” said Canadian starter Brooks McNiven of Vancouver, “and open everybody else’s eyes that we’re not just cruising into this but that we’re here to win.”

2004 Olympic silver medal winner Australia miss even with a win over South Africa.

“It was tough going out there today and that could certainly be classed as one of the ugliest wins of all time, but there were a few things there really worth noting,” manager Jon Deeble said. “We could very well look back at that game for producing things like James Linger’s first hit for Australia and Brad Tippett’s first win, two things youre likely to see a lot more of for many years to come.”

2008 IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament Final Recap is here.

Game 25 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 0
Spain 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0

WP: Alvarez Ramirez (1-1) LP: Gutierrez Gutierrez (0-1)

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Game 26 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 4 0 3 2 0 0 3 1 0 13 14 4
South Africa 0 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 11 14 1

WP: Tippet (1-0) LP: Townend (0-1) HR: Luke Hughes

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Game 27 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Korea 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 2
Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 2

WP: Kim, K. H. (2-0) LP: Lee C.-C. (0-1)

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Game 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
Canada 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 1

WP: Green (2-0) LP: Fries (1-1)

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Final Standing (2008/3/14)

COUNTRY GP WO LO AVE GB
KOREA 7 6 1 857 – (QUALIFYED)
CANADA 7 6 1 857 – (QUALIFYED)
CHINESE TAIPEI 7 5 2 714 1.0(QUALIFYED)
MEXICO 7 4 3 571 2.0
AUSTRALIA 7 4 3 571 2.0
GERMANY 7 2 5 286 4.0
SPAIN 7 1 6 143 5.0
SOUTH AFRICA 7 0 7 0 6.0

Korea, Canada and Chinese Taipei got the qualification

March 13th, 2008

Before last day of IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Canada and Chinese Taipei won and get the tickets to Beijing, join the Korea who advanced a day early to 2008 Olympics.

The three team will joined the United States, host China, Cuba, Japan and the Netherlands at the Beijing Games 2008 Olympics.

Official Recap is here.

Game 21 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Australia 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 ? 9 13 0

WP: Mowday (1-0) LP: Hernandez Diaz (0-2) HR: Ben Risinger (2inning, 3 runs)

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Game 22 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 1
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2

WP: Ortega Salinas (1-1) LP: Marquez Ramirez (1-1) HR: Carlos Valencia (9inning, 1 run)

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Game 23 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Korea 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 1
Canada 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ? 4 9 2

WP: Richmond, S. (2-0) LP: Ryu (0-1) HR: Mattew Rogelstad (2, 1inning, runs), Nicholas Weglarz (3, 4 inning, 1 run)

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Game 24 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 5 2
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2

WP: Chiang (2-1) LP: Armitage (0-2) HR: Chih-Hsien Chiang (7 inning, 1 run)

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Current Standing (2008/3/13)

COUNTRY GP WO LO AVE GB
KOREA 6 5 1 833
CANADA 6 5 1 833
CHINESE TAIPEI 6 5 1 833
MEXICO 6 3 3 500 2.0
AUSTRALIA 6 3 3 500 2.0
GERMANY 6 2 4 333 3.0
SPAIN 6 1 5 167 4.0
SOUTH AFRICA 6 0 6 0 5.0

Final three teams almost reveal

March 12th, 2008

After one day rest, Korea get the ticket to Beijing by winning five streak, Virtually Clinches the Olympic Berth. And Canada also closing in on a trip to Beijing Games, won a ticket by thumps Spain in Olympic baseball qualifier.

Taiwan shuts out Australia in crucial games, clears way to Olympic Games, a win against South Africa will assure Taiwan of a spot in the Olympics.

For Australia, life is not so good, especially after they lost to Chinese Taipei. They need to beat Spain and South Africa and rely on Canada dropping their final games against Korea and minnows Germany. NATIONAL coach Jon Deeble has slammed the international baseball federation and accused rival countries of conspiring to ensure reigning Olympic silver medallists Australia didn’t qualify for Beijing.

Game 17 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Germany 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Korea 2 3 0 6 1 0 12 10 0

WP: Son, M. H. (2-0) LP: Henkenjohann (0-2) HR: Donald Lutz (2 inning, 1 run)
RECAP BOX SCORE

Game 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Canada 4 0 1 4 0 2 11 12 1

WP: Periard (2-0) LP: Leal (0-1) HR: Nicholas Weglarz (2, 3 inning, 1 run)
RECAP BOX SCORE

Game 19 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Mexico 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 ? 5 9 0

WP: Campos Machado (1-0) LP: Mostert (0-1) HR: Karim Garcia 2 (1, 4inning 2runs, 2, 8inning 2 runs)
RECAP BOX SCORE

Game 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Chinese Taipei 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 ? 5 7 1

WP: Yang (2-0) LP: Mildren (1-1)
RECAP BOX SCORE

Current Standing (2008/3/12)

COUNTRY GP WO LO AVE GB
KOREA 5 5 0 1.000
CANADA 5 4 1 800 1.0
CHINESE TAIPEI 5 4 1 800 1.0
AUSTRALIA 5 2 3 400 3.0
GERMANY 5 2 3 400 3.0
MEXICO 5 2 3 400 3.0
SPAIN 5 1 4 200 4.0
SOUTH AFRICA 5 0 5 0 5.0

Korea remain unbeaten

March 10th, 2008

After four days of IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Korea is 4-0 and the only team remain unbeaten, and 5 to 6 to Canada is a heart breaking lost for Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), and Canada improve 3-1 at Olympic Qualifier, Mexico finally got first win.

Of course, host Taiwan keen to secure Beijing baseball berth.

“Baseball is the sport we pay most attention to,” an official with the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee told reporters. “It’s best if we can get in, otherwise we won’t care about the Olympics as much.” “Baseball is so important that if we’re not in the Olympics, people will be very disappointed,” said Richard Lin, secretary general of the island’s Amateur Baseball Association. “It’s our national sport and this chance at the Olympics is hard to get.”

Official Recap is here.

Game 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
South Africa 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Germany 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 ? 4 10 1

WP: Fries (1-0) LP: Terry (0-1)
RECAP BOX SCORE

Game 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Korea 1 0 1 5 1 2 1 3 0 14 16 1
Spain 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 11 1

WP: S. W. Kim (1-0) LP: Olivera Cavero (0-1) HR: Seung Yuop Lee (2, 8 inning, 2 runs)
RECAP BOX SCORE

Game 15 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Canada 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 6 16 2
Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 10 1

WP: Green (1-0) LP: Chiang (1-1) HR: Nicholas Weglarz (6 inning, 1 run), KUO-HUI LO (2, 6inning, 3 runs)
RECAP BOX SCORE

Game 16 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 7 11 1
Australia 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 11 1

WP: Silva Sandoval (1-0) LP: Bright (0-1)
RECAP BOX SCORE

Current Standing (2008/3/10)

COUNTRY GP WO LO AVE GB
KOREA 4 4 0 1.000
CANADA 4 3 1 750 1.0
CHINESE TAIPEI 4 3 1 750 1.0
AUSTRALIA 4 2 2 667 2.0
GERMANY 4 2 2 500 2.0
SPAIN 4 1 3 250 3.0
MEXICO 4 1 3 0 4.0
SOUTH AFRICA 4 0 4 0 4.0

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