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