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Taiwan grabs 10th Pony Baseball World Series title

2019/08/16 18:10:39

Photo courtesy of the Sports Administration

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Taiwan won its 10th Pony League World Series championship Thursday, defeating a team from the United States 9-1 in the final of the World Series tournament played in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Starting pitcher Sun Yi-lei (孫易磊) was dominant over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and allowing only four hits and a run to a team from Michigan's Bay County in the seven-inning game.

The game remained hitless and scoreless after three innings, but Sun got his team's first hit in the fourth, which sparked a three-run rally that put Taiwan in front to stay.

The team of 13 and 14-year-olds from Taiwan added two in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh to put the game away.

Bay County managed its only run in the bottom of the seventh to knock Sun out of the game, but was too far behind to threaten a comeback.

In earning its 10th championship at the Pony League World Series, Taiwan extended its record for the most titles by an international country.

The victory on Thursday also marked the country's third youth baseball championship this year, after the Pony Bronco World Series and the Palomino League World Series title played earlier this month.

(By Sie Jing-wun and Ko Lin)
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