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Taiwan advances to final of Palomino League World Series

2012/08/05 19:07:03

Compton, California, Aug. 4 (CNA) Taiwan is one step closer to clinching the baseball championship of the Palomino League World Series after winning 10-0 over the Arroyo Seco Saints in just five innings on Saturday.

Taiwan's team, holder of the Asia-Pacific Zone title in the division for players aged 17-19 in the Pony League, played against the Saints, which it also defeated 17-8 on Thursday.

The Taiwanese players from Ping-Jen Senior High School in Taoyuan County scored five runs and maintained their lead during the first three innings.

The Saints' two errors during the bottom half of the fourth inning allowed the Taiwan team to score another five runs.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese starter Yuan Fang-chun pitched all five innings, allowing four hits and no runs.

Taiwan coach Lee Kuo-chiang said the team won its third game in the tournament thanks to the players' persistence and their opponents' errors.

This latest victory gives Taiwan the chance to again capture the Palomino championship, which the country first won in 2006 after joining in the tournament one year earlier.

The Taiwan team will play the Urban Youth Academy from California in the tournament's final scheduled for Monday evening.

(By Oscar Wu and Kay Liu)