The Japanese women’s baseball team, ranked No. 1 in the world, won the first match of the Group B preliminary round of the ‘2024 Women’s Baseball World Cup’.먹튀검증
The Japanese national team won 4-2 over Puerto Rico (9th in the world rankings) in the Group B qualifier for the 2024 Women’s Baseball World Cup hosted by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) held in Miyoshi, Japan on the 13th (Korean time).
It was Puerto Rico that scored first. In the top of the third inning, when the score was 0-0, Puerto Rico got consecutive walks from Japanese starter Kana Onodera, creating an opportunity to reach first and second base with no outs. In the end, Puerto Rico took the lead with Paradiso’s timely hit to left. Then, a wild pitch by a Japanese pitcher resulted in an extra point.
Japanese coach Lisa Nakashima is gathering the players and asking them to focus. Photo source | WBSC.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, when they were down 0-2, Japan countered with a big inning. For Japan, Yuki Kawabata got on base with a single to right with one out, and Miwa Naraoka hit a single to right to create an opportunity with one out and runners on first and second base. Akari Hoshikawa’s base hit led to the bases being loaded with one out, and Takami Muramatsu tied the game with two RBIs and a timely hit.
Japan did not slacken its reins. With one out and runners on first and third base, Kae Iwami bunted to the first baseman, and the runner on third base hit home, successfully turning the score around 3-2. Japan widened the score to 4-2 with Ayaka Deguchi hitting a timely hit to right with two outs and two on second base.
The game continued until the 7th inning, but neither team scored, and the game ended with Japan winning 4-2.
For Japan, starting pitcher Kana Onodera was on the mound for all seven innings, struck out 12, allowed two runs, and became the winning pitcher.
In the Japanese batting lineup, which produced 6 hits, 5th hitter and right fielder Miwa Naraoka led the comeback victory with 2 hits in 3 at-bats, and 7th hitter and catcher Tamaki Muramatsu had 1 hit and 2 RBIs in 3 at-bats.
Puerto Rico’s performance shined. Puerto Rico is ranked 9th in the world, similar to the Korean women’s baseball team, which is ranked 10th in the world. However, against the world’s strongest team, Japan, they scored 2 runs with 3 hits and only allowed 4 runs, proving that they have grown rapidly over the past 5 years.
In the previously held match between Taiwan (No. 2 in the world) and Cuba (No. 7 in the world), Taiwan won 9-1, and in the match between Venezuela (No. 5 in the world) and France (No. 16 in the world), Venezuela won 11 points. -1 Won the 6th cold game.
Japanese Prime Minister Yuko Kishida, first lady, threw out the first pitch for the Japan-Puerto Rico game on the 13th. Photo source | WBSC.
Meanwhile, before the game between Japan and Puerto Rico, First Lady Yuko Kishida, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, threw out the first pitch. First Lady Yuko Kishida is also from Miyoshi, Japan, where the competition was held.
On this day, First Lady Yuko threw out the first pitch wearing a Japan national team uniform with ‘815’ engraved on it. WBSC said, ‘August 15th is First Lady Yuko’s birthday and the date the end of World War II, so she threw out the first pitch wearing a uniform with this number engraved on it. ‘I did it,’ he explained. Miyoshi, Japan, is a small city in Hiroshima Prefecture, where the atomic bomb exploded.