Tai­wan smashes US in Ju­nior League Base­ball World Se­ries

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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