USA, Dominican Republic Battle for Super Round Spot

(ATR) The winner will join Mexico in the next stage of the WBSC Premier 12 tournament.

(ATR) The United States and the Dominican Republic play later Monday with the winner joining Mexico in the Super Round of the WBSC Premier 12. The loser goes home.

Mexico has already clinched a spot in the next round in Japan by beating the Dominican Republic 6-1 on Saturday and the USA 8-2 on Sunday in Group A games being played in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The host country will wrap up its schedule on Tuesday when it plays the fourth team in Group A, the Netherlands. The Dutch have already been eliminated from advancing after losing to the USA 9-0 and the Dominican Republic 14-4.

Group B games will begin on Tuesday in Chinese Taipei. The top two teams from among the host country, Japan, Venezuela and Puerto Rico will advance to the Super Round.

Action in Group C in South Korea begins on Wednesday. The hosts and defending champion Koreans will look to reach the Super Round against competition from Cuba, Canada and Australia.

The top two teams in each group will then play in the Super Round, which begins on Nov. 11 at two venues in Japan, ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba and Tokyo Dome.

The teams that have already played each other in the group stage will not play each other again in the Super Round, which runs through Nov. 16.

The third and fourth place teams after the Super Round play for the bronze medal at noon local time on Nov. 17 at the Tokyo Dome. The championship game between the top two teams follows at 1900 local time.

This is the second edition of the World Baseball Softball Confederation tournament. The 12-team tournament is the peak international competition for the WBSC with more than $5 million in prize money for the teams of pro players.

The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Tokyo 2020 tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

More information can be found at the official website of the tournament.

Written by Gerard Farek

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