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Taiwanese team reaches Pony League World Series finals

2012/08/18 16:57:58

Washington, Pennsylvania, Aug. 17 (CNA) A Taiwanese baseball team defeated its counterpart from Puerto Rico 10-5 on Friday at the Pony League World Series in Washington, Pennsylvania to reach the finals.

Trailing 3-0 in the second half of the first inning, the Taiwanese lineup tied the score following an error by Puerto Rico, three walks and two hit batters. The Taiwanese team drove in another three runs in the frame with one single and three wild pitches.

The Puerto Rican team's two RBIs in the second inning pulled the team within 6-5 but the Taiwanese team quickly widened it to 7-5 in the second half of the inning and never relinquished its lead from that point.

Taiwanese starter Lai Chia-lung struck out 15 batters to limit the Puerto Ricans to five runs while Lai's teammates Lin Yen-yu's addition of a solo homerun and Chu Wei-kun's two-run double pushed the score to 10-5.

Taiwanese head coach Huang Wei-chih said he was proud of the young players because their Puerto Rican counterparts had good hitting skills and defense.

The team from Taiwan, comprising students from Hsin-Min Junior High School and Kuei-Shan Junior High School in Taoyuan, will face Long Beach from California on Saturday. The Californian team beat defending champion Laredo from Texas 13-4 to reach their third finals in six years.

(By Tony Liao and Jamie Wang)