Tai­wan team stays on top to stave off elim­i­na­tion at Pony Bronco World Se­ries

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A Tai­wanese team of 11 and 12 year olds pounded out 11 hits, in­clud­ing two home runs, to de­feat an Amer­i­can team 12-2 in five in­nings Satur­day and stave off elim­i­na­tion in the 2015 Pony In­ter­na­tional Bronco World Se­ries.

En­ter­ing Satur­day’s game need­ing a win af­ter los­ing its Bronco World Se­ries opener, the Asia-Pa­cific cham­pi­ons broke the game open in the sec­ond in­ning with a seven-run rally to take a 9-1 lead against the Bronco di­vi­sion U.S. North Zone cham­pion from Chicago, Illi­nois.

Liu Kai-yu added a solo home run in the third and Tseng Youen hit a two-run blast to end the game early by virtue of hav­ing a 10-run lead.

The Tai­wanese team, com­prised mostly of play­ers from Xizhi Ele­men­tary School in New Taipei, lost its open­ing game of the dou­ble- elim­i­na­tion tourna- ment 6-5 in ex­tra in­nings to the East Zone cham­pion from Swansea, Mas­sachusetts.

It faces Swansea again on Sun­day to de­ter­mine which team will ad­vance to face the un­de­feated front-run­ner in its bracket, Caribbean cham­pion Baya­mon of Puerto Rico.

Even if Tai­wan beats Swansea, how­ever, it will have to de­feat Baya­mon twice in a row to ad­vance to the World Se­ries fi­nal.

Tai­wan’s man­ager Chang Yao-teng said his team’s hit­ting picked up a lit­tle against Chicago but was still not at its nor­mal level.

The Bronco World Se­ries, be­ing held at Los Alami­tos, Cal­i­for­nia from Aug. 7 to 10, brings to­gether top 11- and 12-year-old Pony League teams from across the world, in­clud­ing cham­pi­ons from the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States.

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