Taiwan smashes US in Junior League Baseball World Series
Taiwan defeated the United States 12-0 on Sunday to win the Junior League Baseball World Series championship for a third consecutive year.
Taiwan won all five games in the tournament, which was held in Taylor, Michigan, from Aug. 16-23. Taiwan’s pitcher Gu-Lin Ruei-yang threw seven shutout innings to lead his team to victory, scoring five strikeouts and giving up only three hits.
Liu Ji-hong scored three hits while Chuan Hao-wei hit his third homerun of the tournament in Sunday’s finals.
Taiwan took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scored three in the second, five in the sixth and three in the seventh inning.
Chang Chen-nan, director-general of the Taichung City Baseball Association, said he believes the Taiwanese players’ extensive experience playing in international games was the key to their victory on Sunday.
Five of the Taiwan team members also played in the tournament last year, so they were able to maintain their composure in the face of pressure and also ease the tension and calm the other players, he said.
Lan Wen chuan, head coach of the team, said all of the Taiwanese players were able to bring their abilities into full play to help Taiwan win another title in the tournament.
The Taiwanese team is comprised mostly of players from Chung Shan Junior High School in Taichung, central Taiwan.
The tournament, one of the competitions organized by Little League International, features five international teams and five American teams. The two groups play round robins, with the two teams with the best record in each group vying for the title on Aug. 23.
The Junior League Baseball World Series brings together the top 13and 14-year-old teams from the Asia Pacific, Latin America, EuropeAfrica, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United States.