JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET KOREA FOR GOLD MEDAL AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Title game to feature a rematch of bronze-medal contest between same countries at 2004 World event
Sept. 26, 2006

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  • SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - Riding a five-game winning streak, the USA Baseball Junior National Team will battle Korea at 8 p.m. (Eastern time) Sept. 27 in the gold-medal game of the International BAseball Federation "AAA" World Junior Championships at Jose A. Huelga Stadium.

    Korea (5-2) punched its ticket to the title contest with a 6-1 victory Sept. 26 against Canada (5-2) in medal round semifinal action at Jose A. Huelga Stadium. The game had been moved to Sept. 26 after heavy rains on Sept. 24 postponed Canada's quarterfinal game with Panama to Sept. 25. Meanwhile, Team USA (5-2), which lost its opening two games of the tournament before rebounding to post its current winning string, was off from competition for the day after its 8-2 semifinal victory Sept. 25 against Mexico.

    The gold-medal affair will feature a rematch of the bronze-medal contest between the same two countries at the 2004 World Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. Korea claimed the bronze two years ago with a 10-5 victory against the Americans. Team USA will be appearing in a World Championship title game for the first time since finishing second to Korea in the 2000 event in Edmonton, Canada. The JNT will be seeking its sixth world title, having earned crowns in 1999, 1995, 1989, 1988 and 1982. The Americans defeated Chinese Taipei for their most recent title in 1999 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Besides its gold medal in 2000, Korea garnered world titles in 1994 and 1981.

    The USA Baseball Junior National Team is a perennial power on the international baseball scene. Only once in the 22-year history of the IBAF World Junior Championships has the United States failed to capture a medal. During this time, the JNT has earned five gold medals, nine silver medals and six bronze medals.

    Sept. 26 - Medal Round Semifinal Game
    Korea def. Canada, 6-1

    Sept. 26 - Consolation Round Finals and Semifinals Schedule
    Chinese Taipei def. Panama, 9-0
    9th Place: Australia (4-3) def. Italy (3-4), 12-2 (7 innings)
    11th Place: South Africa (1-6) def. Spain (0-7), 3-1

    Sept. 27 - Consolation Round Finals Schedule
    5th Place: Cuba (6-1) vs. Chinese Taipei (4-3)
    7th Place: Netherlands (3-4) vs. Panama (2-5)

    Sept. 27 - Medal Games (All times Eastern)
    Gold: USA (5-2) vs. Korea (5-2), 8 p.m.
    Bronze: Mexico (4-3) vs. Canada (5-2), 2 p.m.