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The US has pulled to within 63 ranking points of the top spot, having defended its world titles at the U-12 and U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2015, while placing second at the 2015 Pan-Am Games and in the Premier12 Championship, which awards the most ranking points of any international competition.
Chinese Taipei has moved up from fourth position to third, a historical high for the nation.
The WBSC Softball Competitions Commission was recently tasked with reviewing, developing and introducing an initial world ranking system, and will continue to study the best method for expanding the rankings to include multi-sport events, regional championships, head-to-heads and other WBSC-recognised international competitions in which its 141 members worldwide participate.
WBSC Softball Division President Dale Mc Mann said: "These new softball world rankings mark another major milestone in the history of our global sport.
Softball rankings are based on the performances of Senior and Junior (Under-19) national teams in World Championships over a three-year period.
Ranked Number 1 since November 2014, Japan, with 5,154 points, remains the top-ranked baseball power, while the United States remains in second place with 5,091 points.
The four-seam fastball is the most common variant of the fastball.
The pitch is used often by the pitcher to get ahead in the count or when he needs to throw a strike.
This type of fastball is intended to have minimal lateral movement, relying more on its velocity.
It is often perceived as the fastest pitch a pitcher throws, with recorded top speeds above 100 mph.