Super Round Day 2: Japan beat USA to lead Super Round; Puerto Rico in joint-second with USA after Mexico win

Welcome to this daily summary of the maiden WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup, giving you the latest news and key updates on the new WBSC event.

Tokyo, Japan – World No. 2 and hosts Japan remain as the only unbeaten side in the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup Super Round, following a superb 2-1 win over World No. 1 USA on Friday.

Japan and USA were the only undefeated teams prior to the game with Saki Anraku and Yuri Kira’s runs in the top of the second inning enough to give Japan the win. An Aspen Boulware inside-the-park homer and Madelyn Armedariz in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh put the fans on the edge of their seats however Kira closed out the game from the pitching mound to seal victory.

The win, Japan’s seventh of the tournament, puts the hosts on top of the Super Round standings at 4:0 while USA dropped to second, tied with Puerto Rico (3:1) who beat Mexico 1-0.

After their loss to Puerto Rico on Thursday, Chinese Taipei bounced back to record their first victory in the Super Round at the expense of the Philippines 9-2 to book their spot in the bronze medal game regardless of the results of the last day of the Super Round on Saturday. Mexico and the Philippines (0:4) are out of contention for the medal games and will meet on Saturday in a playoff for fifth place.

Meanwhile, in the Placement Round, Czechia remain as the leading team with a 4:0 win:loss record after beating New Zealand 5-3, while Italy’s forfeit win against Uganda and Peru’s down-to-the-wire 7-5 win over Brazil put them in joint second place (at 3:1) with one day to play. Brazil (2:2) slipped to fourth place, followed by New Zealand at 0:4.

All games of the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup are broadcast live on GameTime, the WBSC’s online streaming service. Tournament and Daily Passes are some of the options to watch the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup on GameTime.

Credit: WSBC