USA complete spectacular comeback-victory Venezuela; Canada, Japan, Australia and Mexico also win on opening day

Welcome to this daily summary of the maiden WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2023, giving you the latest news and key updates on the new WBSC event.

Hermosillo, Mexico – The WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2023 opened today in Hermosillo, Mexico, with five games at Mundialistas Hermosillenses Stadium and Fernando Ortiz Stadium. Canada secured the first win of the tournament at Mundialistas Hermosillenses Stadium with a 5-2 victory against Czechia. In a high scoring game, Japan started their world-title defence with a 10-5 win against New Zealand while USA came from behind to top Venezuela in an 8-5 thriller. Fine-time champions Australia grabbed a four-inning win against Singapore before Mexico closed the day with a four-inning victory.

More than 1,000 fans filled the Fernando Ortiz stands for Mexico’s debut in the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, after a spectacular Opening Ceremony with a laser, light and flame performance.

The clutch moment of the day was delivered by USA’s centre field Logan Boom (pictured), who hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put his team in front of Venezuela, 7-5. In addition, Boom scored three runs from the leadoff spot for USA and was selected as Player of the Day.

All games of the WBSC U-18 Men’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-18 Men’s Softball World Cup on GameTime.

Credit: WSBC