Denmark vs United States 4:12 (0:0, 0:0, 2:0, 2:12, 0:X)
On the block for the Americans, Antonio Mancha went 3.1 innings giving up 4 runs off 3 hits while walking more than he struck out. Mervin Weiler took the ball for a final 1.2 innings of perfect pitching, striking out 3 along the way.
Denmark’s pen split the job 3-ways between Hansen, Lohmann and Terkelsen. Kim Hansen gave 6 runs off 7 hits in 3.0 innings of work. Lohmann failed to get anyone out giving up 3 runs off 2 hits and walking a man before coach called time once again. Jens Terkelsen finished the day pitching a single inning where he gave up 2 earned runs off as many hits.
Erick Ochoa had two doubles on the day for the States driving in 4 of their runs off just those two hits.
Republic of South Africa vs Netherlands 7:0 (3:0, 0:0, 0:0, 4:0, 0:0)
In a 7-0 game, South Africa’s Tidima Kekana took the ball and went the distance. Over 5.0 innings of work he struck out 10 while allowing just 2 hits.
It was a team effort on offense but Mogau Thupudi, the designated hitter, did his job well for the Asians. He finished the night with 2 runs off 2 hits, including a double, and 3 RBIs.
This leaves both teams, along with Singapore, sitting at 1-5 heading into the final day of competition. With the B-Pool top 4 set, none of them will do any damage. Having already played one another, it is possible they could finish the day right where they are now, in a 3-way tie for 6th place.
Czech Republic vs Botswana 2:4 (2:0, 0:3, 0:0, 0:0, 0:1, 0:0, 0:0)
Cuba finished their day 3-3 and the Czechs 2-3 before game time. The two teams play their opening round game in the morning.
The home team pulled ahead 2-0 to end the 1st on a single by Klas. That scored both Svoboda, who had reached on a double, and Maly, who was walked.
Botswana answered in the 2nd. Small ball put them in a position to take advantage of Maly’s error in right. That resulted in two crossing the plate.
The Botswanans added insurance to top the 5th and that was it. The African nation that never had a chance to advance, took out the final contender.
There is still a lot of great ball ahead for both teams. Each are in a 3-way tie with Mexico for the #5 spot in their pool as they now play for placement.
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