#17-ranked Singapore was the giant-slayer on Day 1 with a huge upset win over #2 ranked Argentina, 8-3, at WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2020 at Palmerston North, New Zealand. Singapore starter Matthew Tan went the distance for the win, surrendering but 3 hits, while striking out 9. Singapore’s offense banged out 10 hits with most everyone in the starting lineup having a hit. Ean Eu had 3 RBI for the winners. The upset win by Singapore was one of the biggest upsets in the history of WBSC youth play.
Ballpark Broadcasting’s Lance Winn and Jason “Chopper” Gerbes had the call of the historic Singapore upset, available on archive if you missed it live. All of the games of this World Cup are being broadcast on SkyTV in New Zealand and worldwide on the internet as well, at the WBSC YouTube channel.
In other Day 1 games, Guatamela, Australia, and Japan came away with wins in rain-shortened first day play, while Denmark, the Czech Republic and New Zealand suffered opening round losses.
#21 Guatemala 16, #11 Denmark 1
#5 Australia 4, #7 Czech Republic 3
#17 Singapore 8, #2 Argentina 3
#1 Japan 12, #3 New Zealand 1
#4 Canada 6, #10 South Africa 1
#8 Mexico 10, #6 USA 1
Perhaps the best game of the day was #5 ranked Australia’s 4-3 win over #7 Czech Republic. Highlight below. Ballpark Broadcasting’s Lance Winn and Jason “Chopper” Gerbes with the call: