Japan downs Canada to win bronze at U18 World Cup

 Photo Credit: WBSC/Christian J. Stewart

Photo Credit: WBSC/Christian J. Stewart

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

THUNDER BAY, Ontario – Ginji Miura turned in a dominant performance on the mound fanning 12 over seven shutout innings to lead Japan to an 8-1 win over Canada and the bronze medal at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.

Miura didn’t allow a hit until Noah Naylor’s (Mississauga, Ont.) one-out single in the fourth and gave up just two more when Naylor and Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) both singled in the seventh. He finished his seven-inning outing allowing just one walk while striking out 12.

“He (Miura) was really good,” said Canadian manager Greg Hamilton. “Sometimes you have to tip your cap to the other side and he was full credit for his performance this afternoon.”

Canada got into a deep a hole early as Japan scored four runs in the top of the third to open the scoring. A lead-off single off starter Wesley Moore (Surrey, B.C.) came around to score after a wild pitch and an error before another error,  walk, base hit and a sac fly put Japan up, 4-0.

Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, B.C.) came out of the bullpen for the fifth and Japan kept coming using three hits and walk to tack on two more runs before adding singles off Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) in the seventh and eighth frames.

Leach worked four innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Canada broke the shutout bid in the ninth as Willow connected for his second hit of the game and drove in Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) from second base.

“We were in a hole early (in this tournament) so I’m really proud of this team and the way we competed here,” added Hamilton. “Fourth place in a world championship is nothing to hang your head over.”

Box Score - Japan 8 Canada 1

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.