U-23 Baseball World Cup Day 10: East Asian rivals Japan and Korea set up final, Mexico and Chinese Taipei play for bronze

22/10/2022
Japan relied on starter Raiku Katayama, who allowed Mexico only one walk over five innings. They took the lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back. Korea tied the game against Colombia in the bottom of the seventh and won it in the eighth as Seunghwan Song slid head-first to beat the throw to first, which would have completed an inning-ending double play. Australia beat Chinese Taipei in the final game of the Super Round. The hosts will play Mexico for the bronze medal
Japan joined Korea in the IV WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup final. They defeated Mexico in what had become a one-game playoff.

Japan won the inaugural U-23 Baseball World Cup in 2016. They lost the final of the second edition against Mexico in 2018 and were runners-up in the first and only U-21 Baseball World Cup, losing the final to Chinese Taipei.

Korea clinched their spot through a dramatic comeback win against Colombia and will play in the U-23 Baseball World Cup final for the first time. They earned a bronze medal in the first edition in 2016 and lost the third-place game to Venezuela in 2018 and won bronze in the first and only U-21 Baseball World Cup.

The World Championship final of the IV U-23 Baseball World Cup is scheduled on Sunday, 23 October, at 19:00 local time.

Australia beat Chinese Taipei in the final game of the Super Round, earning their first win.

Chinese Taipei will face Mexico in the third-place game on Sunday, 23 October, at 14:30 local time.