Compton, California, Aug. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's team won its first game at the 2012 Palomino League World Series Thursday, defeating a team from South California 17-8, despite a dispute over bats used in the game.
The Taiwan team, the league's Asia-Pacific Zone title holder, obtained a 7-point lead in the first two innings against the Arroyo Seco Saints, champions of the American West Zone in the Palomino Division.
The division, one of many in the Pony League, is for players aged 17-19 years old. Taiwan's team this year is made up of students from Ping-Jen Senior High School in Taoyuan County.
The game was interrupted for nearly an hour after the Saints protested about some of the bats used by the Taiwan team, which were found not to comply with new rules introduced this year.
The Saints pointed out that the circumference of the heads of some of bats were greater than the limit of 2 5/8 inches stipulated in the rules, and questioned whether other bats had passed the required test protocols for the competition.
The bats that failed to meet the circumference requirement were confiscated and the coach of the Taiwan team was suspended for the remaining of the match as a disciplinary action before the game resumed.
The students went on to widen the gap by five points during the third inning, making it difficult for the Saints to turn the tide with the four points they gained in the bottom half of the inning.
The Taiwan team pulled ahead in the bottom of the seventh to secure victory, despite having arrived in the United States less than 24 hours earlier.
The Taiwan team will face the Central Michigan Stars, representing the North Zone, on Friday evening in the double-elimination tournament.
(By Oscar Wu and Kay Liu)