Round robin play of the Premier 12 Tournament in Taiwan is complete and now the quarterfinals are set to begin Monday in Taiwan with the top four teams of each group moving on. The semifinals and finals move to Japan.
The final day brought exciting endings.
Team USA advanced to the quarterfinals in exciting fashion. They left plenty of men on base against Korea and saw the bullpen blow another lead late. The game went into extra innings tied at 2-2 with international rules in play (innings start with runners of your choice in the lineup on first and second base).
So the USA started the 10th inning with two on for Adam Frazier to bunt. He popped it up, but the Korean pitcher let it drop and they turned a double play, getting outs at third and second base.
That brought up Brett Eibner, who has been clutch so far in the tournament, but was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the game. With two strikes, Frazier stole second base, but was clearly out. On the very next pitch, Eibner delivered the RBI single through the right side of the infield.
The USA held on for the 3-2 victory, with Seth “Sizzle” Simmons escaping his second straight bases loaded jam.
You can watch the crazy final inning by clicking HERE and head to the 3:45:13 mark.
Eibner went 1-for-5 in the game and has gone 4-for-12 since my last posting on the Premier 12 Tournament (three games). He had a triple, two walks, two runs scored, and four RBIs. Eibner has eight RBIs total.
Parker Morin caught Game 4, a loss to Japan (after catching Game 2’s loss to Venezuela). He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
Brooks Pounders made one appearance in group play, a relief outing in Game 3’s victory over Mexico. He walked one over 1.2 scoreless innings. He struck out one.
Casey Coleman pitched once for Team USA and that came in the Game 4 loss to Japan. Over 1.2 innings, he walked one while striking out two.
Team USA finished second in Group B behind 5-0 Japan. The US will play the Netherlands tonight at 11:30pm ET for a spot in the semis. You should be able to watch the game HERE.
Speaking of the Netherlands, JC Sulbaran pitched in two games (once since my first recap of the tournament). Sulbaran pitched in the final game versus 5-0 Canada and allowed a solo home run in the 8th inning to Canada shortstop Sean Jamieson.
Over 2.1 innings, that was the only base runner allowed by Sulbaran in the Netherlands 3-1 loss. He struck out two.
Host Chinese Taipei was ousted on the final day, as Puerto Rico advanced from Group A with a thrilling 7-4 victory in 12 innings over Chinese Taipei. The score was 1-1 after nine innings and each team scored two runs in the 11th. Chinese Taipei took the lead in the top of the 12th, only to see Puerto Rico score four runs in the bottom of the inning on a grand slam by Aldo Mendez.
Shortstop Jack Lopez went 1-for-4 with a perfect bunt single in the clinching victory. He also scored a run. Since my last post on the Premier 12, Lopez has played every day and gone 3-for-10 with three runs scored.
Puerto Rico finished fourth in Group A and will face Japan (winner of Group B) on Monday (early Monday morning on the East).