The 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup will commence on Friday with the first preliminary round games in Japan. Osaka and legendary Koshien stadiums will be the stage for the top competition at this age level. Europe will be represented by the Czech Republic and Italy.
The Czech team faces Japan, USA, Mexico, Australia and Brazil in Group A. The Squadra Azzurri takes on Cuba, Chinese Taipei, Canada, Korea and South Africa. Chances of reaching the second round are pretty slim for the European teams.