The greatest international baseball tournament on Earth is now down to the championship round, with 16 countries whittled to the final four of the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Japan, winner of the WBC in 2006 and 2009 and a semifinalist in 2013, made it through two rounds in Tokyo undefeated, and is the first team to reach the semifinals of all four World Baseball Classics.
The second round featured two pools in Tokyo and San Diego, the latter at Petco Park. The second round is also a round robin format, with the top two teams from each pool advancing.
Plum finished with 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field and knocked down all eight free throws she took to lead all scorers.
She had to take a long pause and scratch her face while saying “that’s funny because…” before gaining composure to answer a question she wasn’t expecting to hear.
Chantel Osahor’s reaction was the best as she broke off from sipping water to give an ‘Are you kidding me’ kind of face. There was also a perfectly timed cough from someone else inside the media room.
In fairness, the reporter did specifically ask about her outside shooting, and she was only 1-of-7 from three-point range after going 2-of-9 in the previous game.
But the reactions to the question were incredible and show the confidence of Plum and the respect her team has for her.