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Japan Opens Premier 12 Tourney With 5-0 Win Over South Korea

The International Championships are underway.

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The WBSC Premier 12 tournament is under way in Tokyo with the first game played between Japan and South Korea on Sunday.

The host country Japan, who are also ranked number one in the field of 12, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, then added single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth to pull away with a 5-0 victory over South Korea and get the tournament rolling.

Japan’s Otani Shohei earned the victory by tossing six shutout innings, allowing just two hits, two walks, while striking out 10. Shortstop Hayato Sakanoto, was 1 for 5, with a  home run, and two RBI’s, and outfielder Ryosuke Hirata, was 2 for 4, with two RBI’s.

On Wednesday both teams will be at it again with Japan against Mexico and South Korea facing the Dominican Republic.

Other Scores:

Mexico 6, Venezuela 4
Puerto Rico 7, Italy 1
Canada 5, Cuba 1

 

 

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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