Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) A Taiwanese teenage baseball team finished in second place in the Pony League World Series after a 7-9 loss to the United States in Pennsylvania Saturday.
The team, made up mainly of students at two junior high schools in Taoyuan County, tied the game 5-5 against their opponents from Long Beach, California, in the second frame on several hits, including a base-loaded homer by Lai Chia-lung.
The Californian team added more scores in the next two innings, hitting two two-run homers to lead 9-6. The Taiwanese team pulled back to 9-7 in the sixth on a defensive error and held the Californians in check for the rest of the game.
However, the Taiwanese team's failure to score more runs cost it the final.
Taiwanese head coach Huang Wei-chih said the team felt like it was riding a roller coaster throughout the series, in which it was defeated by Puerto Rico in the opener but later won two consecutive games to end up in the final.
The Taiwanese pitchers need to learn to perform more stably, while the team's batters need to be more aggressive in the future, Huang noted.
(By Tony Liao and Kendra Lin)