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thefastpitchschool1

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The Fastpitch School is here in Cape Town, South Africa attending the Junior World Championship Games.

This is truly a wonderful event!

You can see more at http://www.TheFastpitchSchool.com
Original_Coach

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C1 12:00 New Zealand vs Brazil
C2 14:30 Chinese Taipei vs China
C3 17:30 United States vs Australia
C4 19:30 Japan vs Canada

 
 
The games will get very exciting now.
 
 
Team USA's power pitching versus the evolving Japanese offense will be great Softball.
 
 
 
My picks:
 
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Canada
4. Australia
5. New Zealand
6. Taipei
7. Beijing
8. Brazil

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Originally Posted by Original_Coach
C1 12:00 New Zealand vs Brazil
C2 14:30 Chinese Taipei vs China
C3 17:30 United States vs Australia
C4 19:30 Japan vs Canada

 
 
The games will get very exciting now.
 
 
Team USA's power pitching versus the evolving Japanese offense will be great Softball.
 
 
 
My picks:
 
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Canada
4. Australia
5. New Zealand
6. Taipei
7. Beijing
8. Brazil

come on coach, Botswana is a power house international club

frazier

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As a German attending the JWWC in Cape Town I don't agree with your picks.

Chinese Taipei against Canada is too close to call and I am curious about New Zealand. I am a strong believer that they have a good shot at beating Australia. But the truth is on the field and I do strongly believe that the US won't repeat their gold medal of 2007.

So here are my picks:
1. Japan*
2. USA
3. Canada
4. New Zealand
5. Australia
6. Chinese Taipei

* Yes, I do believe that Japan can beat the winning pitcher of the College World Series 2011... (may be this is a good motivation tool for the US coaches to use for her  after giving up four runs against Australia tonight...)
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It is great to hear from Frazier and OC, both of whom have extensive experience with international play, and thus a more valid perspective.  I am not surprised that Frazier picked Japan over the USA.  Japan is always tough and will give USA all they can handle. A fond "Howdy" to both of you, and much thanks for your comments.  
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The games last night in Cape Town were outstanding!

The level of play here is very high. In my opinion the top 2 teams here could win the WCWS in the USA easily. The top 5 teams here could compete in the WCWS.

Team USA's strength is POWER PITCHING and POWER HITTING!

Team Japan's strengths are LOCATION PITCHING with outstanding defense and a developing DIVERSE OFFENSE. As most understand Japan will pressure you with speed and putting the ball in open space in the infield to pressure your defense. The most interesting element of this event for me is the evolution of the Japanese Power game. They are now able to consistently drive the ball with power in many spots in there line up.

Tonights game will be interesting. Team USA's defense has not been tested yet. Australia was able to make Dallas bring the ball down in the zone and they hit her hard. Scoring a legitimate 4 runs by driving the ball!

Japan will put the ball in play tonight. Both soft and hard. How will the Team USA defense respond?

I am most interested to see if the Japan defense can control the powerful USA offense? The Japanese do a great job of precision pitching and catching. They will make the plate as wide as the umpire will let them. Team USA's hitters will have to be more disciplined than the Japanese and look for a ball in a certain part of the hitting zone to hit! The team that wins the adjustment game in this factor will go a long way in determining who wins tonights game.

When the USA roster was developed. It seems as if offensive speed was not a major desire of the selection committee. If team USA does have a weakness it is in there lack of speed on offense and defense. What role this plays tonight? We will see.

This game also includes such different softball cultures. In America we focus on offense and analytical skills. In Asia defense is the focus with discipline taught first. These two different cultures will collide tonight! The weakness of a Softball Culture may be exposed tonight!


I would rate the USA vs. Japan game a push. I think the outcome will be decided in a similiar way as in Beijing 2008. Which Team will hit the big Home Run?

I believe that Canada and Australia will battle for the Bronze medal. They are both well coached teams that are lacking just a few of the pieces that Team USA and Japan have!

Coaching and Game management will go a long way in deciding who wins these games also. The USA Coacing staff is diverse and strong! Japan has an entire coaching pool here in Africa including Utsugi who built the Japanese National Team program as it is today!

I truly enjoy the International Game! These games will be so much fun to watch!


My picks as of today!

1A. USA
1B. Japan
3.   Canada
4.   Australia
5.   New Zealand
6.   Chinese Taipei


I make these posts with a desire to share information I care about. I do my best to NOT post with Nationalistic Nepotism and or Relationship Bias!


The GAME comes FIRST!

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OC - An interesting post, Old Coach, and didactic to some.  Yes, the different cultures and cultural emphases on aspects of the game, and the adjustments by the opposition will play a big part in the outcome of USA vs. Japan.  I do think that USA will need long ball and strong power pitching to win. Glad to hear that the level of softball is top shelf among the top 5 or 6 teams, as is usual.  Enjoy the games !!!  
Do you see improvement among those teams ranked after the top 5 or 6?  What is the story with mainland China?   

By the way, I do often post with both nationalistic and personal bias, as you well know.    

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Well today has seen Canada eliminated by Chinese Taipei and Japan run rules USA 9-0. USA had only 1 hit! Seems Japan has got some serious talent coming up to their senior national team over the next few years! USA will play the winner of Austraila and Chinese Taipei tomorrow in the bronze medal game with the winner advancing to the gold medal game! I don't care what anybody thinks there is some great softball being played over there right now but all teams!

MeanandNasty

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uh oh, I don't think the Freshman Team USA would win the College World Series.

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mindjane - I'm with you!!!  There is some fine softball being played in South Africa, and the Japanese are thus far giving a clinic.  I'm jealous of those who are there. I think that USA will enter the bronze level game and will tussle again with Japan in the gold medal game.  From a nationalistic point of view, I hope they learned something  and can adjust.  From a softball point of view, I applaud Japan, and all the participants in the World Tournament for Juniors 19U.  Fastpitch Softball is alive and well worldwide and is expanding and that is a good thing.  
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US will face Taipei tomorrow. They beat Australia in 9 Innings. Australia should have won this for sure as they got the tie breaker in a rundown with C making a throwing error to let her score. And in the 9th there was a debatable call with Taipei trying to squeeze in the runner from 3rd. The batter laid down the perfect bunt and never started to run to 1st. Instead she stepped back to not interfere the play at the plate. Question is: with the runner stepping back do we have an automatic out and runner must return to 3rd or not? Answer on the field was: live ball and run counts.
But Australia must have come back in the bottom of the inning. Laid down the bunt. Taipei failed playing runner at 3rd. With runners in the corners the next play is a grounder to 3B with angle down. Runner from 3rd hesitates a split of a second. 3B bubbles the ball but caught runner in the rundown. Again with runners in the corners they thy to squeeze and fail again with nice tag play in time at home.
So looking forward to those games tomorrow. I guess the final to be US facing Japan again. It will be much closer for sure and only tomorrow will count in the end...
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An Interesting day today at the Ballpark. What I saw Japan do to Team USA I have never seen before. Simply put the Japanese changed gears and played the game faster than Team USA could. The Japanese offense was balanced and disciplined. There pitching and catching was outstanding. I truly enjoy watching Japanese catchers expand the strike zone with the umpire. And then play the inside/outside game of deception with the batter. I think Team USA was shocked today with what they saw and experienced. I am hoping that we will have some motivated ladies show up at the stadium tomorrow.

I have to tip my cap to Taipei. I did not see them winning a medal here in SA. But there defense and discipline are outstanding. They eliminated Canada and Australia today in 1 run games.

Frank, China sent the U19 provincial team from Beijing to these games. In the Chinese system Olympic Sports is where the funding is! Team China is in a real battle to survive now with there lack of government funding.

I saw real improvement here from the Kiwi's and Czech teams. All related to coaching and leadership. There still is some major work to do in the European Federation though. There Softball culture is still years behind the Asian and North American Softball Cultures.

Interesting to note that three National Team Coaches said to me today that they felt today was a historical day in International Softball History. Japan was simply dominating! The African crowd is fully supporting the Japanese along with the Asian immigrants here in SA.

I am truly hoping that Team USA will have a solid response tomorrow after being knocked down today!

There are 2 exciting games left here in Cape Town!

Excited for tomorrow!

Go USA!!

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OC - Thanks for the input.  Frankly, I never thought I'd see Japan with that kind of dominance over Team USA.  Could be there is a new sheriff in town.  I had expected a 4-3 game that could have gone either way, but not a blowout.  
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USA beats Japan for Gold Medal!!!

 

USA defeated Japan in the Gold game behind the grand slam HR by Cheyanne Tarango in the 4th ining to defeat Japan, 4-1, to win the GOLD medal.

Earlier, USA defeated Chinese Taipei, 12-3, behind Hallie Wilsons 2 HR's.


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Thank you, imo, for the good news.  Congratulations to the players and coaching staff of Team USA.  Well done - excellent comeback after that 9-0 thrashing by Japan.  Go USA !!!   
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"Do not try to teach pigs to sing. It will frustrate you and infuriate the pigs who will unite in anger against you, and you will never achieve singing your song". Dr. Petersen
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Congrats to USA! Nice way to bounce back! But I think we better watch out for those young ladies on that Japanese team. They put on a clinic and played some incredible softball in South Africa! Other countries softball teams might be slipping but looks like the Japan continues to pad their teams with incredible talent! Chinese Taipei was  suprise as well! Aussies played great as well! Canada played well early but the loss to Japan took the wind out of their sails. Overall it was a great tournament! Congrats again to USA they played amazing the whole tournament!

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What an exciting day of International Softball in Africa!

Team USA won the Gold Medal 4-1 over Japan!

Congratulations to Coach Karen John's and Team USA on this Junior Women's World Championship.

Powerful Pitching and a one pitch Grand Slam was the difference in this game. Pitcher Lauren Haeger was dominating on the mound for Team USA. And Cheyenne Tarango launched a ball over the left field fence for 4 RBI and the contest was decided.

Interesting to note that the 1 pitch that went a long way in deciding this contest was a huge location mistake by the Japanese Pitcher. I was able to view the Czech Republic's Video from Center Field and the pitch was right down the heart of the plate. Coach Albrecht told me it was one of maybe three to five pitches that missed there desired inside/outside location.

What an awesome game decided by great plays and small mistakes.

I am a proud USA Softball Fan!

Softball South Africa and the City of Cape Town were great hosts for these World Championship Games.

The playing surface left a little to be desired. But overall it was a well run event.

Some Interesting Notes. The ISF decided to use an all Male umpire crew in the Bronze Medal Game. And a all female crew in the Gold Medal game. Some of the local Softball South African's joked with me later that maybe the ISF was trying to create an umpiring apartheid. That one made me laugh.

ISF president Don Porter was not in attendance for the Medal Ceremony. VP Low Beng Choo stated that he had to return home to Florida for health reasons.

Long after the game was over I saw the Japanese pitcher who gave up the home run standing with family and crying. Her passion was profound.

The Japanese team also stayed and mingled in the concession area long after the medal ceremony was over. Signing autographs and taking pictures. Utsugi and the Japanese Coaching staff were even in the beer garden long after the game doing there best to communicate with the local fans.

Team USA was very humble in winning there Gold Medal. And the Japanese were very gracious in defeat.

Another great moment I enjoyed was watching USA Coach Johns celebrate the victory while thinking of her father. I know somewhere a proud father was looking down happily at a successful child. Why we do, what we do!

During the entire event I found myself pondering why the Japanese team was the favorite team of the local fans? They were even more supported than the home team South Africa. In my opinion it has nothing to do with Softball and or winning/losing. My belief is that the fans decisions are based on culture and humility. There is so much to be learned from this topic.

Today i will host a clinic with some local club teams. Some other National Team Coaches have even offered to come assist. It will be a nice day.

Tomorrow I have a long flight to Beijing. And then finally home to the USA for Christmas on 12/22.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

For the LOVE of the GAME!


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Joisey,

Hello!

Are you calling me excessive???

Didactic? Nice word!

Happy Holidays!

OC

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