Korea to Face Japan in Premier 12 Baseball Semifinal

      November 17, 2015 09:56

      Korea will face Japan in the semifinals of the Premier 12, a tournament organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation involving 12 top-ranked nations.

      Korea beat Cuba 7-2 in the quarterfinals on Monday and Japan defeated Puerto Rico 9-3 the same day to secure their spots in the semifinal.

      Meanwhile, the U.S. and Mexico will meet in the other semifinal match on Friday after edging out the Netherlands 6-1 and Canada 4-3 in the quarterfinals, respectively.

      Korean players congratulate each other after beating Cuba at a stadium in Taichung, Taiwan on Monday.

      Korea was supposed to have its quarterfinal game at the same stadium in Taipei where it lost to the U.S. 3-2 in its preliminary final on Sunday.

      But due to a mysterious fire in the scoreboard control room, the organizer of the tournament decided to switch the venue to a stadium in Taichung, about a two-hour drive away from Taipei.

      Korean players will fly to Tokyo to face Japan on Thursday.

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