2016 Women's Baseball World Cup

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The 2016 Women's Baseball World Cup was the sixth Women's Baseball World Cup. It was held in September 2016 in Busan, South Korea. The field expanded to 12 teams, the most yet for a Women's Baseball World Cup, with Flag of Japan Japan, Flag of Canada Canada, Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Flag of Australia Australia, Flag of United States United States, Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei, Flag of Netherlands Netherlands and Flag of Venezuela Venezuela returning from 2014. Flag of Cuba Cuba had played in the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup and 2015 Pan American Games. Host Flag of South Korea South Korea had last appeared in the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup and Flag of India India had played most recently in the 2008 Women's Baseball World Cup. Flag of Pakistan Pakistan was making their international debut. The event took place at the new Gijang Hyundai Dream Ballpark.

See here for roster information.

Games[edit]

September 3[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of India India 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 0 3 3 3 0 0 - 9 4 2

Control issues plagued hurlers in game 1 as the two teams combined to walk 17 while allowing only 10 hits. In the top of the first, SS Mona Kusumakar hit into an error off SS Sofie van de Wiel. Maud Werkman threw a wild pitch then walked DH Vandana Dhaka. LF Amanjot Kaur Bains singled and Werkman walked 3B Geeta Bhuyan to force in a run. RF Mello Sherald grounded out to strand the runners.

The Netherlands took over in the second against Chittari Chandu Priya. Van de Wiel drew a one-out walk and came around on a hit by C Sascha Egas. DH Ammeniek Koehorst reached, a bunt by LF Kyra van Genderen scores Egas and a fielder's choice grounder by 2B Isabelle Markies made it 3-1. Bhuyan drove in her second run, scoring Dhaka in the 3rd to close it to a one-run game but the Netherlands pulled away after that. Relievers Anouk Vergunst and Maaike Haak pitched four shutout innings despite 4 hits and 3 walks by India; Vergunst got the win. The Dutch squad turned three double plays as part of a good defensive game.

The Netherlands scored three more in the bottom of the 3rd. Egas singled in another run and both Koehorst and van Genderen ground in runs. After they picked up three more in the 4th, Girija Sunil Bodekar blanked the Orange with two hitless frames. Van de Wiel finished with 3 walks and 3 runs while Egas went 3 for 3 with a run and four RBI; she had all but one of the Netherlands' hits.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2
Flag of United States United States 4 2 0 3 0 0 - 9 11 2

The US began with an easy win, as expected. Stacy Piagno and Meggie Meidlinger (W) pitched five hitless, scoreless innings, with only one walk by Piagno. Hong Kong finally got a hit and run in the 6th when backup SS Man-hoi Kwon singled in LF Wing-I Cheung against Alex Fulmer. By then, the US was up 9-0. Veterans 1B Malaika Underwood (3 for 3, 2B, 3 SB, 3 R, RBI) and DH Tamara Holmes (2 for 3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI) led the charge. Ho-Ying Li Au (9 H in 3 1/3 IP) took the defeat.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Flag of South Korea South Korea 0 1 4 3 0 2 10 11 0
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1

The hosts breezed to an opening win over Pakistan. In their Women's Baseball World Cup debut, Pakistan had hits from CF Irum Shahzadi and 3B Zahida Ghani, both off starter Jung-hee Kang. Ghani also drew their lone walk, reaching base both times up, despite being their #9 hitter in the lineup. Kang, winning pitcher Ra-Kyung Kim (3 K in 4 batters) and Hye-ryeon Won teamed on the shutout. DH Yu-ka Bae (3 for 3, 2B, 2 SB, 2 R, 2 RBI) and LF Ye-ji Lee (2 for 4, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI) were the top hitters for South Korea. Mariam Shafiq took the loss.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Cuba Cuba 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 4 3 0 5 X 12 13 0

Venezuela rolls to a mercy rule rout in their opener. Cuban starter Yadira Boffill retires no one, giving up two hits, a walk and two hit batswomen, getting charged with four runs. Eight Venezuelans scored; the only one who didn't was CF Esquia Rengel, who drove in two. DH Astrid Rodriguez (3 for 3, BB, 3 SB, 2 R) and 1B Ingrid Escobar (2 for 3, 3 R, RBI) both hit very well. Josefina Cumana needed 71 pitches in a complete game (2 BB, 2 K); a single by DH Libia Duarte blew her bid at a no-hitter.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2 0 2 0 3 0 5 12 12 1
Flag of Australia Australia 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 8 3

The 2014 Bronze Medal winners got off to a rocky start, losing in a rout to Taiwan. RF Chia-Wen Shen and 3B Ya-Ting Wen each scored three times while backup 1B Chia-Hui Yang drove in three. Yu-Chiu Hsu got the win while Chiao-Yun Huang provided excellent relief (1 R in 4 1/3 IP). Jacinda Barclay took the loss in relief of Brittany Hepburn. CF Chelsea Forkin (3 H, R, 2 RBI) was a bright spot in a losing effort.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Japan Japan 0 0 2 1 2 1 2 8 10 1
Flag of Canada Canada 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3

In a rematch of the 2008 Gold Medal Game, four-time defending champs Japan cruised to victory. 2014 MVP Ayami Sato fanned 11 in a 3-hitter. Canada briefly led when SS Niki Boyd singled in RF Jenna Flannigan and C Jenn Gilroy in the second. Sato would retire 14 of the next 15. Japan tied it off Autumn Mills in the third; 3B Ayako Rokkaku (2010 MVP) singled, stole two bases and came home on a wild pitch, then CF Iori Miura tied it by stealing home on a double steal later in the frame. In the 4th, Japan took the lead when RF Yaya Kojima singled in 1B Yukiko Kon. Japan did not look back.

Rokkaku finished with 3 hits, 3 steals and 3 runs, while Miura stole five bases to back Sato's pitching gem.

September 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 5
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 10 1 2 5 - 18 13 1

Venezuela pulls off a romp, with 12 players scoring runs. The stars on offense again were 2B/RF Astrid Rodriguez (2 for 5, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) and 1B Ingrid Escobar (2 for 2, BB, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI). Milanyela Cortez throws a four-hitter, walking none and fanning nine in five innings in the mercy rule game. Mariam Shafiq gives up 10 hits and 11 runs (5 earned) in 1 1/3 IP in a loss. 2B Zalnab Riaz drives in DH Nayyab Fariha in the 5th with Pakistan's first run (and only one in the first four games).

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1
Flag of United States United States 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 2 4 1

The US got a close call as Taiwan again showed great strides from the past. The US went ahead in the 3rd when RF Megan Balzell homered with CF Brittany Gomez aboard; it was the first homer of this Cup. It was also the only time Yu-Chen Hsu allowed a run in a four-hit complete game. Marti Sementelli also allowed just four hits, though, in six innings, and only a single run, when DH Pin-Hsuan Yu drove in C Shih-Yun Lee. Jade Gortarez closed it out with a 1-2-3 save.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
Flag of Japan Japan 0 6 5 1 - 12 9 1

Japan keeps on rolling. Miyu Shimizu gives up one hit, to DH Marije Filius, in three innings, then winning pitcher Moemi Yoshii goes 1-2-3 in the 4th with two whiffs and Akino Tanaka allows a walk to Sofie van de Wiel and a runner reaches on an error in a shutout fifth to complete the mercy rule win. Susan Erades blanks Japan for an inning thanks to an unassisted double play by 3B Famke Gildemacher. before giving up six in the second. She and Berber Jansen combine to allow 9 hits and 9 walks in four innings. SS Mana Taguchi (4 RBI) and 2B Airi Hiraga (3 R) are the offensive stars this time for Japan.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Canada Canada 7 0 0 2 9 18 19 0
Flag of India India 3 0 0 0 1 4 4 2

16-year-old Katie Hagen became the youngest player in Canadian team history and also the first who was legally blind. She went the distance, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks while whiffing ten in a win. She was backed by plenty of offense, including fine performances from 2B/SS Daphnée Gélinas (3 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB), RF Kelsey Lalor (2 R, 3 RBI, 3 SB), C Ella Matteucci (3 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI) and LF Mia Valcke (3 RBI, 3 SB). LF Rani Rai (2 for 3, 3B, 2 R) and SS Mona Kusmakaar (2 RBI, R) are India's top performers. Girjia Bodekar takes the defeat.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Australia Australia 1 1 6 2 3 13 10 0
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5

Kim McMillan throws a four-hit shutout, walking none and striking out seven, while her sister, LF Tammy McMillan (2 R, 2 RBI) leads a balanced offense with 10 players scoring runs but no one having more than two runs or two RBI. 2B/LF Wai-Yee Cheung has two of Hong Kong's four hits while Tsz-Chin Lau is the losing hurler.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Cuba Cuba 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 10 1
Flag of South Korea South Korea 0 1 0 0 0 3 - 4 8 3

While four of the day's games were mercy rule affairs, the Taiwan-US and Cuba-South Korea games were decided by a single run. The hosts pull off their biggest win to date by topping Cuba. Yu-ka Bae gets the win with 2 2/3 shutout innings of relief while 1B Lee-sei Yang goes 3 for 3 with a RBI. For Cuba, RF Nilsa Rodriguez is 3 for 3 with a run. Mayumis Solano carries a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth before fading.

September 5[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9
Flag of Cuba Cuba 4 1 10 0 - 15 10 0

After a tough loss yesterday, Cuba easily beats Pakistan for their first win. Yadira Boffill goes the distance, allowing one hit, three walks and one hit batswoman. DH Fazila Akhlaq gets the lone Pakistani hit. 2B Dayana Batista (3 R, 4 SB), 3B Odrisleisis Peguero (4 SB, 2 R, 2 RBI) and C Yordanka Rodriguez (2 R, 2 RBI) are among the offensive stars for Cuba. Sadia Bibi is handed the defeat.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of United States United States 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 4
Flag of Australia Australia 3 1 0 0 4 2 - 10 14 1

Either the 2014 Silver Medalists or 2014 Bronze Medalists would make the consolation round rather than the top-six super round (barring a Taiwan upset loss to Hong Kong later today, which did not happen). The US only needed to avoid losing by five or more runs to advance while Australia needed a lopsided win against a team that had finished ahead of them in five of six Women's Baseball World Cups. Australia pulled off the stunner, though, meaning the US would not medal for the first time ever in the event.

The US started off okay; in the first, CF Brittany Gomez singled off Abbey Kelly and 1B Malaika Underwood hit a two-out triple. The 17-year-old Kelly shut down the US the rest of the way, allowing no more hits. In the bottom of the first, Australia went ahead against Kelsie Whitmore, one of two independent league players on the US team. C Tahnee Lovering drove in the first run and LF Tammy McMillan added a two-run single; Whitmore allowed three runs in one inning, more than Australia gave up the whole day.

After scoring once in three innings off Jade Gortarez, Australia led 4-1 entering the 5th, still needing to add at least two runs to advance. US skipper Jonathan Pollard turned to his other independent leaguer, Stacy Piagno, their ace of the 2015 Pan American Games. Australia scored four runs in the 5th off Piagno; when RF Leslie Anglin drove in 1B Kim McMillan with their 6th run, they had the lead they needed. They scored two more off Meggie Meidlinger in the 6th for a 10-1 cushion; they now only needed to hold the US to four or fewer runs in the 7th to go to the super round.

In the top of the 7th, the US got a runner aboard on an error by SS Bronwyn Gell and two hit batswomen. LF Samantha Cobb hit into a force, scoring 3B Michelle Snyder to make it 10-2. Jacinda Barclay relieved Kelly and retired Gomez and Gortarez to end the upset win. Tammy McMillan finished with four RBI and Lovering was 3 for 3 with two runs and a RBI. The only Australian not to score a run was Gell, who drove in two.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of India India 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
Flag of Japan Japan 4 2 4 8 - 18 18 0

Japan rolls easily to victory as expected as Mirai Araki and Nana Sasanuma combine on a 9-strikeout, no-walk one-hitter. India's lone hit comes from 1B Nikita Gaude in the second off Araki. Japan had now allowed only five hits in their first three games. Zainab took the loss, giving up 16 hits, 2 walks and 15 runs (13 earned) in 3 1/3 IP. DH Miki Atsugase (4 R, 3 H), 2B Yukihiko Kawabata (4 R, 3 H, 4 RBI, 2 2B) and C Yurika Arisaka (4 RBI) lead Japan as all 11 of their hitters score.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
Flag of Canada Canada 1 0 0 3 3 0 - 7 9 0

The Netherlands at least were competitive for half the game. In the bottom of the first, Loes Asmus walked 2B Nicole Luchanski (the first of six walks she issued in 3 1/3 IP). On a pick-off attempt, an error led Luchanski to third, then she scored on a one-out single by RF Kelsey Lalor; Lalor finished with 3 RBI and Luchanski with 3 runs (she went 3 for 3 with two doubles, a triple and a walk). In the top of the 4th, though, the Orange tied it. Amanda Asay (a veteran of the first World Cup in 2004) had retired nine in a row before 2B Isabelle Markies singled, advanced on a bunt and took third on a hit by 3B Famke Gildemacher. With two outs, on a delayed double steal, Markies came home. Asay finished with a four-hit, one-walk, eight-whiff complete game.

Canada pulled away in the bottom of the 4th. SS Niki Boyd doubled, Luchanski tripled and LF Daphnée Gélinas hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1. After Asmus walked Lalor, she was relieved by Ciska Welboren. DH Pascale Jalbert singled and a sacrifice fly by CF Jenna Flannigan put Canada up by three. They tacked on three more in the fifth for insurance.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 5 3
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2 1 7 0 2 1 13 11 2

Hong Kong had the game 3-3 after 2 1/2 before Taiwan pulled away for an expected win in a duel of Asian island nations. RF Chia-Wen Shen (3 R, 2 RBI) and 1B Pei-Jung Lin (2 R, 3 RBI) were a potent 1-2 punch at the top of the Taiwanese lineup. Wen-Ching Hsieh got the win, Yee-Wan Lam the loss.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 3 1 0 6 2 12 9 0
Flag of South Korea South Korea 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 7

The hosts had already clinched a spot in the super round of the top six (thanks in part to playing in the weakest pool) so a loss to end round one to a favored team was not such a letdown. Oriannys Hernandez allowed three hits and three walks in the complete game win, striking out one, while the offense was led by 3 runs apiece from DH Astrid Rodriguez and veteran 2B Lelis Gomez and four RBI from C Osmari Garcia. South Korea got their lone run when SS Yoon-young Jeong is driven in by RF Hye-in Jung. Jeong also made 3 errors, though, as most of the Venezuelan runs were unearned. Starter Hye-ryeon Won retires only one of five batters, giving up three hits and one player reaching on an error to set the pace for the game.

September 7[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of South Korea South Korea 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 7 0 0 4 - 11 9 2

South Korean starter Yu-ka Bae gives up 4 hits, 3 walks and 7 runs (6 earned) while retiring only one batter as the game is decided early. C Chih-Hsun Sung doubles twice, scores two and drives in three, while Yu-Chen Hsu and Chiao-Yun Huang combine on a two-hitter. LF Ye-ji Lee drives in 2B Eun-jung Suk with the lone run for the home team to open the super round.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 2 8 11 3
Flag of Cuba Cuba 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 3 9 8 4

The consolation round starts with a much closer match-up, the first extra-inning game of the tournament. Cuba builds a 4-0 lead after four against Maud Werkman and Marijke van Veen. In the 5th, the Dutch finally get to Mayumis Solano. It's 4-2 entering the 7th when they light up Yadira Boffill for four runs to take the lead. The Cubans tie it in the bottom of the 7th against Anouk Vergunst. In the 8th, the Orange picked up two runs off Maite Despaigne, but Cuba came back for three off Vergunst in the bottom of the frame to win the roller-coaster. 1B Esther Maliepaard drove in 3 and LF Kyra van Genderen scored three for the Europeans while C Yordanka Rodriguez had two runs and three RBI for the winners.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Japan Japan 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 7 7 0
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 3

In a match-up of the two unbeaten teams, Japan won handily. Ayami Sato got the win over Dayvis Cazorla. 2B Yukiko Kawabata (2 for 4, 2 R) and 3B Ayako Rokkaku (2 for 4, 2 RBI) led the offensive for Japan. C Osmari Garcia had two hits for Venezuela. Maria Rincon gave up one run in three innings of solid relief.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Flag of India India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 1 0 7 0 0 2 10 13 0

A match of two of the three winless teams also winds up lopsided as Tak-Kwan Fan holds India to two hits (by 2B Bharati Kuiro Goronkar and C Arshdeep Kaur) and four walks in six scoreless innings, fanning three. DH Chee-Ar Lui (2 RBI) and LF/CF Lok-Hang Hui (2 R) each rap three hits for Hong Kong. Chittari Chandu Priya is the losing pitcher.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Flag of United States United States 12 12 10 0 - 34 30 0

Stuck in the consolation pool, the US runs roughshod over the winless Pakistanis. Nabila Nawaz allowed 16 hits, 7 walks and 24 runs (18 earned) in 1 2/3 IP, needing 103 pitches, while US starter Sara Tobias needed fewer pitches (91) in a complete game two-hitter (3 BB, 8 K) in her national team debut. Getting hits for Pakistan were LF Zeba Manzoor Hussain and backup 1B Humaira Khan. Among the 14 US players to get hits were CF Brittany Gomez (5 R, 3 RBI), SS Jade Gortarez (3 R, 4 RBI), DH Megan Baltzel (3 RBI), 1B Malaika Underwood (3 R, 4 RBI), LF Tamara Holmes (3 R, 4 H, 5 RBI, HR), 3B Jessica Iwata (5 R), 2B/RF Shelby Estocado (4 R) and C Aj Hamilton (3 R, 4 RBI).

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Canada Canada 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 5 8 2
Flag of Australia Australia 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 0

Canada and Australia were two of the top rivals in women's baseball, having met in the Bronze Medal game in three of the prior six Women's Baseball World Cups. The Canadians got on the board in the second when CF Jenna Flannigan had a one-out single off Brittany Hepburn, stole second and scored on a two-out single by C Jennifer Gilroy. The Australian Emeralds had a shot in the 4th. SS Niki Boyd's error, two balks and a walk put runners on the corners. Autumn Mills struck out a batter and retired the next but hit one to load the bases but a ground-out ended the threat.

In the 5th, RF Kelsey Lalor singled in Boyd for a 2-0 lead. Hepburn tired in the 6th and gave up three insurance runs on a two-run single by veteran 1B Kate Psota and a RBI single by 2B Nicole Luchanski. The Emeralds finally got to Mills (who had a no-hitter going) in the bottom of the 6th. C Tahnee Lovering walked and Mills hit 1B Kim McMillan. LF Tammy McMillan singled for their first hit. PH Shae Lillywhite drew a walk to force in a run. 2B Olivia Bannon hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice and an error by Canada closed it to 5-3, but Mills escaped further harm. Heidi Northcott went 1-2-3 in the 7th for the save.

September 8[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Australia Australia 0 3 4 0 6 13 9 0
Flag of South Korea South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6

Amy Collins threw a two-hitter, with LF Ye-ji Lee and 3B Bo-hyeon Lee getting the lone hits. RF Leslie Anglin's three-run double is the big hit. Ra-kyung Kim takes the loss.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of India India 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
Flag of Cuba Cuba 0 11 0 1 - 12 9 0

2B Dayana Batista (3 RBI, 3 SB), C [{Yordanka Rodriguez]] (2 R, 2 RBI) and SS Claudia Jorge (2 R, 2 RBI) pace Cuba's offense in an easy win, while Yadira Boffill goes the distance for the victory (4 H, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 K). Zainab is the loser, with 7 runs in 1 1/3 IP. India's first run in three games comes when RF Pooja drives in DH Vandana Dhaka.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Canada Canada 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 8 9 1
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1

Canada and Venezuela each came in with one loss and a shot at the Gold Medal game possibly at stake. Claire Eccles tossed a gem, falling two outs shy of a no-hitter before SS Sor Brito got a hit. RF Ofelia Arrieche scored Venezuela's lone run. 1B Kate Psota was 4 for 4 with a run and a RBI for the North Americans while C Jennifer Gilroy scored twice and drove in two. Esquia Rengel took the defeat.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 2 0 1 0 6 2 12 13 0
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 5

Hong Kong won their second straight game as Ho-Ying Au went the distance (4 H, 2 BB, 2 K), allowing one run, when SS Ayesha Ejaz drove in RF Madiha. Mariam Shafiq turned in one of Pakistan's better pitching efforts (4 R, 2 ER in 4 IP) but the bullpen gave up 8 runs in two frames. DH Siu-Ping Fung (3 H, 2 R, 2 RBI) and backup RF Tak-Kwan Fan (2 for 2, 2 R, RBI) led Hong Kong's offense, while 1B Humaira Khan was 2 for 3 for the Pakistani team.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Flag of United States United States 5 3 2 0 0 10 8 0
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

The US threw the 7th one-hitter of the Cup (no no-hitters yet) as Marti Sementelli needs only 57 pitches for a one-hit, four-whiff, no-walk gem; 1B Esther Maliepaard has the lone Dutch hit. 1B Malaika Underwood scores three runs while DH Jessica Iwata has a run and two RBI. Susan Erades takes the loss, giving up 3 hits, 2 walks and 5 runs (4 earned) in 2/3 of an inning.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Flag of Japan Japan 1 2 4 0 3 10 8 0

The 8th one-hitter followed shortly thereafter. RF Chia-Wen Shen has Taiwan's lone hit off Nana Sasanuma (2 BB, 8 K in 3 2/3 IP) and Akino Tanaka retires all four batters she faces (two by whiff) to get the win. Wen-Ching Hsieh takes the defeat. LF Akiko Shimura scores three runs while 3B Ayako Rokkaku drives in three.

September 9[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of South Korea South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Flag of Canada Canada 2 2 0 0 1 4 - 9 11 0

Canada moves a win from the Gold Medal game with a convincing win over the hosts. Heather Healey, Melissa Armstrong (W) and Anne Sophie Lavallée (in her team debut) combine on a whitewash. DH Yu-ka Lee has two of South Korea's five hits. Mi-ran Lee takes the loss. CF Jenna Flannigan has 3 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI while DH Pascale Jalbert goes 2 for 2 with to walks, two steals, two runs and two RBI.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 0 1 1 0 0 2 4 8
Flag of India India 2 5 10 2 - 19 18 1

The two winless teams and neighboring countries square off and India rolls to its second Women's Baseball World Cup win (having won once in 2008) while Pakistan doubles their run total for the tournament. Chittari Chandu Priya wins a complete game, while Mariam Shafiq takes another loss. CF Rani Rai (4 for 5, 2 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI) is India's big star while SS Mona Kusamakar and RF Pooja each have 3 runs and two RBI. LF Nayyab Fariha goes 2 for 2 with a RBI for Pakistan.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 7 0
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

Venezuela beat Taiwan in a pitching duel between Giddelys Cumana (4 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 R in 7 IP) and Yu-Chen Hsu. 1B Ingrid Escobar scores both of Venezuela's runs.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Cuba Cuba 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
Flag of United States United States 1 1 2 1 5 0 - 10 13 1

Stacy Piagno goes six strong innings, allowing only an unearned run (3B Odrisleisis Peguero driving in 2B Dayanna Batista in the 4th) before Alex Fulmer closes it out. LF Tamara Holmes drives in three runs. Mayumis Solano is the losing hurler.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 5 2
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 1 0 5 0 0 3 - 9 10 1

Loes Asmus gets the second win for the Netherlands, beating Yik-Shan Hung. Nine different players score one run apiece for the Netherlands and only 2B Sascha Egas (2 RBI, 3B) drives in more than one in a very balance offense. RF Marije Filius goes 2 for 2 with 3 walks. 2B wai-Yee Cheung has 3 steals and two runs in a losing cause.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of Australia Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Flag of Japan Japan 6 0 0 0 4 10 8 1

Japan locked up the expected spot in the finals as Miyu Shimizu (3 H, 0 BB, 6 K in 4 IP) and Moemi Yoshii (2 H in 1 IP) combine on a shutout. CF Morgan Doty doubles twice for Australia, while C Chihiro Funakoshi drives in three for Japan. Tabitha Callander lasts only 1/3 of an inning, giving up four hits, four walks and six runs. Laura Neads provides relief with four runs (two earned) in four innings before the mercy rule ending.

September 10[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Canada Canada 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 0
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 2

Canada clinched the second spot in the Gold Medal game with a come-from-behind win over Taiwan. Amanda Asay and Chiao-Yun Huang both pitched fine games. In the 4th, Taiwan got a run off Asay when DH Pin-Hsuan Yun doubled (Chu-Yu Pan would pinch-run). A sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch made it 1-0. That was the only run Asay gave up on six hits and one walk while fanning eight in a complete game. 1B Kate Psota and 2B Nicole Luchanski both made diving inning-ending catches with runners on second (in the 1st and 5th, respectively).

Canada tied it in the 5th. DH Pascale Jalbert singled off Huang and an error on a pick-off attempt advanced her to second. CF Jenna Flannigan bunted her to third and a sacrifice fly by Psota evened it up. In the 7th, Canada loaded the bases with one out against Huang. C Jenn Gilroy grounded hard to short and the only option was to third, RF Kelsey Lalor scoring the winner.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Flag of India India 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Flag of United States United States 3 5 2 0 - 10 13 0

The US closes it out with an easy expected win as Meggie Meidlinger (1 H, 0 BB, 6 K in 4 IP) and Kelsie Whitmore (1-2-3 5th) pitched well. The lone Indian hit was from 2B Bharati Kuiro Gaonkar. Chittari Chandu Priya took the loss in a complete game. CF Brittany Gomez (3 H, 3 R) and 1B Malaika Underwood (3 RBI) hit well for the US. In her final game for Team USA, 42-year-old LF Tamara Holmes (in her 7th World Cup) doubles and triples in three at-bats, scores a run and drives in three.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of South Korea South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Flag of Japan Japan 2 0 0 2 2 0 - 6 4 0

The hosts avoided a mercy rule loss to the powerhouse Japanese team, holding them to four hits. Ra-kyung Kim walked 7 and threw 5 wild pitches in four innings, though, to take the loss. Mirai Araki (1 H, 0 BB, 6 K in 4 IP) turned in a fine start then Akino Tanaka (W), Moemi Yoshii and Ayami Sato closed it out. C Yurika Arisaka scored twice and drew three walks while 1B Yukiko Ashida drove in two. DH/P Yu-ka Bae and 2B/1B Min-jung Lee had the lone Korean hits; Bae also tossed two shutout innings of relief.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 0
Flag of Cuba Cuba 0 0 0 0 1 1 - 2 8 4

Mayumi Solano went the distance in a close win for Cuba, while LF Jessica Herrera doubled in her lone at-bat, walked twice, scored one of Cuba's runs and drove in the other. Yee-Wan Lam lost while CF Tan-Lee Cheung (2 H, 2B, RBI) was Hong Kong's top hitter.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 0 1 3 0 0 4 3 4
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 4 1 1 4 4 14 8 0

Pakistan stayed in it for three games in their finale, trailing 6-4, before fading. RF Fazila Akhlaq (2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI) hit well for Pakistan while Sadia Bibi took the loss. Thari Diefenbach got the win despite 6 walks and 4 runs in two innings; Berber Jansen and Anouk Vergunst pitched three hitless, scoreless innings to end it, walking two. 1B Esther Maliepaard had an amazing 7 of 15 steals for the Netherlands and scored four times, while 3B Famke Gildemacher (3 R, 2 RBI) and 2B Sascha Egaz (2 2B, 3B, 4 for 4, 6 RBI) provide more offense from the infield.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Australia Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 4
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 5 0 0 0 0 2 - 7 12 1

In the last game of pool play, Australia needed a big win over the US to advance and got it. In the last game of the super round, they needed to top Venezuela by six or more - and this time, did not pull off the trick, putting Venezuela against Taiwan in the Bronze Medal game as the Aussies settled for 5th. Orianny Hernandez got the win, Maria Rincon the save and Jacinda Barclay (12 H, 7 R, 3 ER in 5 IP) the loss. 1B Ingrid Escobar and LF Migreily Angulo (R, 2 RBI) each bang out three hits for the Latin American squad.

September 11[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 2
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 0

In the Bronze Medal Game, a match-up of two teams that had never won a medal in the event before, Venezuela and Taiwan had an exciting contest. Taiwan jumped on Linibeth Aguilarte for a run in the first; she allowed two walks and one hit while retiring only one before being relieved by Maria Rincon, who went the rest of the way for the win. 3B Yi-Jin Hua scored in the 2nd and the 7th and Taiwan led 3-0 entering the bottom of the final frame. Yu-Chen Hsu had a shutout going on the mound but faded in the 7th as Venezuela scored twice and loaded the bases with one out. Chaio-Yun Huang relieved and got one out but C Osmari Garcia hit the game-winning two-run single to score 2B Maigleth Torres and DH Astrid Rodriguez to close it out in a make-or-break at-bat.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Flag of Canada Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Flag of Japan Japan 0 1 5 1 3 0 - 10 10 4

Japan cruises to its 21st straight win and 5th straight world title. 2014 MVP Ayami Sato wins the MVP again, dominating Canada just as she did in the opener. She went the distance, allowing two hits (to 1B Kate Psota in the 2nd and DH Pascale Jalbert in the 4th) and one walk. C Chihiro Funakoshi drove in DH Ayumi Terabe in the second with the first run off Autumn Mills then Japan chased Mills with five runs in the 3rd. Funakoshi finished with 3 RBI. Both CF Iori Miura (3 H) and Terube had 2 hits and a RBI. Melissa Armstrong works two shutout innings to close it out as a bright spot for Canada.

Final Standings[edit]

  1. Flag of Japan Japan
  2. Flag of Canada Canada
  3. Flag of Venezuela Venezuela
  4. Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
  5. Flag of Australia Australia
  6. Flag of South Korea South Korea
  7. Flag of United States United States
  8. Flag of Cuba Cuba
  9. Flag of Netherlands Netherlands
  10. Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong
  11. Flag of India India
  12. Flag of Pakistan Pakistan

Leaders and Awards[edit]

Awards[edit]

Leaders (prior to final day)[edit]

All-Star Team[edit]

Position Player Nation
Starting Pitcher Ayami Sato Flag of Japan Japan
Relief Pitcher Chiao-Yun Huang Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Catcher Tahnee Lovering Flag of Australia Australia
First Baseman Kate Psota Flag of Canada Canada
Second Baseman Yuki Kawabata Flag of Japan Japan
Third Baseman Gheeta Bhuyan Flag of India India
Shortstop Niki Boyd Flag of Canada Canada
Outfielders Tammy McMillan Flag of Australia Australia
Brittany Gomez Flag of United States United States
Chia-Wen Shen Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Designated Hitter Tamara Holmes Flag of United States United States