Japan World Baseball Team Competes in Town

Dennis Evanosky


Dennis Evanosky

Three Alameda residents will travel with the Fresno-Alameda team to Australia to compete for the World Baseball Tournament title.

The Japanese World Baseball 14 to 15-year-old Tournament team traveled to Alameda to take part in a series of tune-up games in preparation for the World Baseball Tournament last Sunday, July 22.

The team from Fukuoka, Japan, traveled more than 7,000 miles to play four exhibition games, three of which were against an Alameda boys' baseball team. This is all in preparation for the 31st Annual Boys 14- to 15-year-old World Baseball Tournament in Australia, which starts in early August.

The Japanese team played a double header in their first series of games at the College of Alameda, Sunday, July 22.

In the first game, the team from Japan took on the Fresno-Alameda World Baseball Tournament team — the team was originally a Fresno team, but added three Alameda players. Those players are Kenyon Ebert, Aaron Kees and Michael Woodworth. The game ended in a 7-7 tie when a player from the Fresno-Alameda team was caught in a rundown between home plate and third base for the final out of the game. The Alameda team defeated the Japanese team 5-4 in the second game of the double header.

The two teams played in a double header Tuesday at Lincoln Field.

The Japanese players will be home-stayed during their time in Alameda. The Alameda team was supposed to travel to Japan to take part in a number of exhibition games, but the plans were cancelled after the March 11 earthquake in Japan.

The Fresno-Alameda team and the Japan teams will arrive in Australia on August 1 and play in several additional exhibition tuneup games before the tournament's opening ceremony on Aug. 9. The Fresno-Alameda team will play Australia NSW Sky that same day at 2 p.m. The Fresno-Alameda team will play Australia QLD on Aug. 10 and Japan on Aug. 11. On Aug. 12 players from all teams will take part in a Home Run Derby and the tournament's closing ceremonies will take place on Aug. 13.

For more information on the Fresno-Alameda team or the World Baseball Tournament, visit alamedaworldbaseball.com.


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