The final phase of the WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada got underway on Thursday with the Super Round Robin and the Consolation Round. In the latter, the Netherlands defeated Nicaragua 8-3, while Italy beat South Africa 9-2. It was win number two for Italy and the third for the Netherlands in the tournament. Both teams will meet on Saturday in an all-European matchup.
Meanwhile in the Super Round Robin Japan edged out Australia 4-3 in 11 innings, while Korea blew by Cuba 17-7 thanks to a pair of big innings. The United States held off Canada 8-3 in the night cap. On Thursday morning Korea and Team USA will meet. Also Canada hosts Japan and Australia plays against Cuba.