For the second straight day of international pool play at the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series, Japan (2-0) showed its strength with a 19-0, four-inning victory over Canada (0-2) at Fenway Park Sunday.
The victors pounded out eight hits and scored 12 runs in the first inning en route to the lopsided win.
In the inning, Japan batters hit for the cycle. Haruki Sako hit a two-run home run, while Ryoki Nagai added an RBI triple. Tomoya Koike, Kosuke Ito (two) and Sako each hit doubles, while Nagai and Hiroki Matsumoto had singles.
Three more doubles, two singles and a pinch-hit solo home run by Shunsuke Yano led to six more runs for Japan in the second inning. Ito's (four RBIs) fourth double in four at-bats of the game drove in the 19th and final run in the third.
Matsumoto and Nagai each finished with three hits each and five RBIs between them. Sako finished with two hits and four RBIs.
For Canada, Soren Graverson's leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth broke up the combined Japan pitching no-hit bid.
Takashi Nakayama pitched the first inning, while starting catcher Matsumoto threw one inning in relief. Yuto Anzai threw the final two innings in relief.
Will Undershute took the loss for Canada, lasting a third of an inning and facing eight batters. Dylan Jacober, Scott Waterman and Mitch Dennis also pitched in the loss.
Mexico tops Australia
Playing at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon, the Mexican squad picked up a 6-4 win over the Australian team.
Sergio Gaxiola led the way for the winners, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Mexican relief pitcher Francisco Pena got the win, going one inning in which he struck out two without issuing a walk and held Australia to one earned run on one hit.
Australia's top hitter was Jack O'Loughlin, who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and one run.