Los Angeles, Aug. 5 (CNA) Taiwan has advanced to the semi-finals of 2012 Pony Baseball Bronco League World Series, after beating Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico 7-0 Monday.
The Taiwan baseball team lost only eight points in four games and finished at the top of the five-team White Group.
In Monday's game, the Taiwan team used two pitchers to shut out the Puerto Ricans.
Cheng Yi-chen pitched the first 4 and 2/3 innings before he was replaced by Chang Kai-hsiung.
Cheng gave up one walk to the opposing team and also mustered one hit in the third inning to stake out a 2-0 lead for his team, helped by teammate Tseng Chung-chen and a wild pitch by Trujillo Alto.
Kao Tsu-hsi gained one more point for the Taiwan team, with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
The Taiwanese kept up the momentum and gained points in the next innings to conclude the game.
Taiwan finished the White Group matches with 3-1 along with Toro Park. But Taiwan took the first place in group stage competition by virtue of less losing points -- eight against Toro Park's 24.
According to the league's regulations, when teams have the same records, the losing points will be the key to determining the winner.
In the World Series semifinals Aug. 8, the top two teams in the White Group --Taiwan and Toro Park -- will play against the top two teams in the Green Group for a place in the Aug. 9 championship game.
The Bronco League, open to children under the age of 12, is part of the Pony Baseball League.
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 Maia Huang)