XXIX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 – Day 1 Preview

This is the 29th edition of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup and the second time the junior baseball world championship is being held in Korea.

It is also the second time that a World Cup is being played at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark following the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2016.

The first six games — of a total of 50 — are scheduled on the Opening Day of the XXIX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark.

Friday, 30 August – Day 1
Game 1: China vs Canada – Group A
  • This will be the first game between China and Canada at the U-18 Baseball World Cup in recent years.
  • Canada qualified for the 2019 U-18 World Cup after finishing in third place at the 2018 U-18 Pan American Championship, while China received a wild card.
  • Canada are aiming for their seventh top-three finish at the U-18 World Cup and their first podium spot since 2012, when they finished in second place behind winners United States.
  • China have never reached the U-18 World Cup podium.
  • Canada won their opening game in six of their last seven U-18 World Cup appearances.
Game 2: Panama vs Chinese Taipei – Group B
  • These teams will clash at the U-18 World Cup for the first time since 2012, when Chinese Taipei beat Panama 4-3 in the group stage on a sac fly by Tzu Wei Lin in the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • Panama, aiming for their first ever medal at the U-18 World Cup, qualified for this year’s tournament after finishing in second place at the 2018 U-18 Pan American Championship.
  • Chinese Taipei earned a spot in this year’s U-18 World Cup after finishing as runners-up at the 2018 U-18 Asian Championship.
  • Chinese Taipei won their last U-18 World Cup opener in 2017 (7-6 victory over Canada in 10 innings).
  • In 2012, Panama started their most recent U-18 World Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory versus Italy.
Game 3: Spain vs Japan – Group B
  • Spain and Japan will face each other at the U-18 World Cup for the first time in recent years.
  • Spain will make their first U-18 World Cup appearance since 2006.
  • Spain qualified for the 2019 U-18 World Cup after finishing in second place at the 2018 U-18 European Championship.
  • Japan have medaled in the U-18 World Cup in each of the last three editions.
  • Japan earned a place in the 2019 U-18 World Cup thanks to a third-place finish at the 2018 U-18 Asian Championship.
  • Japan have started with a win in the last three U-18 World Cups.
Game 4: Nicaragua vs Australia – Group A
  • At the 2017 U-18 World Cup, Australia beat Nicaragua 11-6.
  • Australia are hoping to claim their first U-18 World Cup podium spot since 2010.
  • Australia have started with a win in six of the last seven U-18 World Cups.
  • In 2017, Nicaragua finished in 10th place.
  • Nicaragua qualified for the 2019 U-18 World Cup after finishing in fourth place at the 2018 U-18 Pan American Championship.
Game 5: South Africa vs United States – Group B
  • In 2017, USA beat South Africa 5-0, with Jarred Kelenic and Will Banfield both hitting home runs.
  • USA won their opening game in each of their last six U-18 World Cup appearances. They last started with a defeat in 2006, when they lost their opener 4-1 against Chinese Taipei.
  • United States qualified for this year’s U-18 World Cup by winning the 2018 U-18 Pan American Championship.
  • South Africa will be looking to win their first game in the opening round in recent years.
Game 6: Netherlands vs Korea – Group A
  • These teams will face each other for the first time at the U-18 World Cup since 2010, when Korea beat Netherlands 10-0.
  • Netherlands lost their opening game in each of their last three U-18 World Cup appearances. They last started with a victory in 2008, when they won their opener 14-2 against Russia.
  • Netherlands lost each of their last six U-18 World Cup games against teams from Asia.
  • Korea are the current U-18 champions of Asia and finished in 2nd Place at the 2017 U-18 World Cup.
  • Netherlands earned a place in this year’s U-18 World Cup after winning the 2018 U-18 European Championship.
You can check out the schedule for the games here.
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