The victory that Lithuania had over the world-renowned Japan team was the most exciting of the six matches that were played in the morning. In addition to France and Cuba, Venezuela, Chinese Taipei, and Mexico also won their respective competitions.
The third morning session of the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup continued to give plenty of drama and excitement on Wednesday. The highlight of the six Opening Round games that were played in Mexico City’s El Zócalo was Lithuania’s victory over the baseball and softball superpower Japan. In addition to France and Cuba, Venezuela, Chinese Taipei, and Mexico also won their respective competitions.
The French national team, which is known for its fierce competition, got the day off to a strong start with a victory. The reigning European champions were victorious over Korea, prevailing in back-to-back sets by scores of 8-2 and 5-3 to earn their first victory of the competition and maintain their chances of advancing to the Super Round.
Cuba, the leading contender for the title of World Champion, cruised to a victory against Hong Kong and really relished the victory. They won both of their consecutive matches, the first by a score of 12-0, and the second by a score of 10-0 in a game that was decided by the run-ahead rule.
The day’s highlight was Lithuania’s victory in Group A over superpower Japan
The European vice-champions defeated Japan 3-2, 4-0 in a close match on court No. 2 to earn their first victory of the tournament after two losses. With two victories and a loss, Japan is now seated in second position in the group.
After overcoming Day 1’s surprise team and Group B leader Tunisia 5-1, 6-5, the Asian champion Chinese Taipei demonstrated that their claim to the World Championship Title is fairly legitimate. Both teams now have 2-1 win-loss records as a consequence of the outcome.
At the conclusion of the morning session, Kenya and Venezuela, the group’s leaders, played out a close victory. Before Kenya won the second game 5-3 in extra innings, the Caribbean team won the opening match 2-0. In the third game, Venezuela’s defense took center stage, winning 5-0 to make it three wins in a row.
South Africa and Mexico played through a thrilling match in the previous game on center court. Mexico won the first game 1-0, dropped the second 4-1, and won the third game 3-2 in a walk-off. With two victories from three games, Mexico climbed up to third place in Group A, behind Cuba and Japan, and now faces the thrilling possibility of facing the group’s unbeaten leaders Cuba in the day’s last game.
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