Team Australia advance to the Final Round of 2009 Baseball World Cup
Japan entered the tournament as reigning World Baseball Classic champions and the 3rd best ranked team in the world; however in what is sure to tigger 'de-ja-vu' from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games - Japan were bundled out of the competition by the world ranked 11th Australians, as pitchers
With the Aussies out-hitting the Japanese 12-6 to support the pitching staff, Chris Snelling went 2-3 with an RBI, Luke Hughes went 3-3 with one RBI, and catcher Joel Naughton drove in 2 runs off 2 hits in his 3 at-bats.
The win came off the back of a one-run victory over
In the World Cup Tournament format, the winner of tonight’s game will not only top the Pool, but will head into the cross-over games carrying forward their superior standing, placing the winner only 2 victories from a place in the Gold Medal match on Sunday evening.
The Australian defence will need to find a way to quiet Team USA’s bats - who currently lead the tournament in batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored and home runs, while also continuing their own very strong offensive performance.
A win in this game is certainly within the capabilities of the Aussies who have shown throughout the tournament they can match it with anyone in the tournament on any given day.
Regardless of the outcome of the
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