Britain, the ‘final song of football’, won its first victory in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) final stage, which is called the ‘Baseball World Cup’.
Great Britain, ranked 22nd in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), recorded its first win after two losses after a 7-5 come-from-behind victory against Columbia (11th) in Group C of the 2023 WBC group stage held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 14th. did. Great Britain had previously lost to the United States 2-6 in the first group game, and suffered a cold game loss to Canada 8-18 in the 7th inning in the second game. Great Britain advanced to the finals by beating France, Germany and Spain in last year’s WBC qualifiers.
In soccer, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland each have their own soccer associations and compete in international competitions separately, but in baseball, the player base is so thin that it is not easy to form a single team. In this WBC, the team was composed mainly of American professional baseball minor league players who have the nationality of the United States or the British Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The WBC allows the selection of either the father’s or mother’s nationality to compete.
Britain, which had been trailing 0-3 until the beginning of the 4th inning, started the game from the bottom of the 4th inning. In the chances of a safe 1st and 3rd base, BJ Murray Jr.’s sacrifice fly scored one point, followed by a series of walks, and Chavez Young’s 2 RBIs and timely hits tied the score 3-3 with 2 outs loaded. Then, in the bottom of the 5th inning, Jayden Rudd’s 2 RBI double made it 5-3 and turned the tide of the battle. In the bottom of the 7th, Harry Ford fired a solo shot to make it 6-3. Ford also showed off the ceremony by donning a crown and cape handed to him by his colleague as he stepped into the dugout. British players also held a ceremony by pretending to pour tea into a cup with their hands after hitting. After the game, British coach Drew Spencer said, “The second chapter of British baseball has begun.” On this day, Colombian starting pitcher William Cuevas, who played for KT in Korean professional baseball from 2019 to 2022, took the mound. Cuevas gave up two runs on two hits over three innings.토토사이트
The U.S., the winner of this tournament, won the 7th cold game against Canada 12-1 that day. Out of the five teams in Group C, except for the United States (2-1) and England (1-2), the remaining three teams (Colombia, Mexico, and Canada) all scored 1-1.
In Group D, the Dominican Republic, also considered a favorite, defeated Nicaragua 6-1. Puerto Rico, in the same group, won the eighth inning by a 10-0 call to Israel. Puerto Rico achieved a ‘team perfect’ in which four pitchers did not allow the opponent to reach base until the 8th inning. It was not recognized as an official record because it did not fill the ninth inning.