Los Angeles, Aug. 3 (CNA) Taiwan bagged its first victory of the 2012 Pony Baseball Bronco League World Series in Monterey, California Friday, defeating Mocchis from the Mexican city of Sinaloa 6-1.
In the first inning, the Taiwanese team, made up of students from elementary students in Taitung County, scored the first point with a double steal.
Taiwan extended its lead when batter, Chang Yi-hao hit a two-run homer in the third inning.
In the seventh inning, the youth baseball team scored another two points thanks to a wild pitch thrown by the Mexican team to finish an easy game and claim its first victory of the tournament, which runs Aug. 2-9.
Taiwan, competing as Chinese Taipei, was scheduled to next face Joliet of the United States in the 12-and-under tournament the following afternoon.
Taiwan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and two teams from the U.S. are grouped in the White division. The top two winners will advance to the semifinal.
Last year, a Taiwanese team from Taoyuan won the championship.
The Bronco division is part of the Pony Baseball League, which is open to children below 12 years of age.
The Pony, which stands for Protect Our Nation's Youth, is a private organization founded in 1950 in the United States with the purpose of promoting baseball around the world. It has developed a system of competition based on seven age groups.
Taiwan joined the Pony competition system in 1993.
(By Oscar Wu and Hanna Liu)