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BASEBALL/Taiwan shuts out Palestine in Asian Baseball Championship

12/05/2023 11:00 PM
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Liao Chien-fu. Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association Dec. 5, 2023
Liao Chien-fu. Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association Dec. 5, 2023

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Taiwan shut out Palestine 19-0 in six innings on the third day of the BFA Asian Baseball Championship being held in Taiwan, to finish top in its group.

In the first inning, Chiu Chih-cheng (邱智呈) notched a hit and reached second base with a sacrifice bunt, while Lin Cheng-fei (林承飛) scored the first point with a double.

Following the first score, slugger Liao Chien-fu (廖健富) hit a homerun, which was Taiwan's first in the game, and secured two more points.

At the top of the second inning, Lin Chen-hsun (林辰勳) also hit and reached second base, while Captain Taiwan Namoh Iyang and Chiu kept maintained the momentum by scoring more points.

Two runs came after hits by Lin and Liu Ji-hong (劉基鴻), bringing the total score in the third inning to seven, while team Taiwan grabbed two points in the fourth.

Taiwan continued to accumulate points, and the game was called after six innings with the team leading by at least 10 runs.

Also in the game, Taiwan's starting pitcher Chang Ching-yu (張景淯) pitched three nearly perfect innings, no-hitting Palestinian players while striking out seven with only 43 balls.

Following Chang, pitcher Wu Yu-cheng (伍祐城) took over in the fourth inning and struck out two Palestinian players, with Palestinian shortstop Charles Haddad hitting a triple. However, Taiwan's team still didn't give away a point.

During the sixth inning, Tseng Ren-ho (曾仁和) and Lee Tzu-chiang (李子強) both took turns to pitch and secured victory.

In the wake of the game, Liao said playing in an international game feels different to a CPBL games, because "the whole country is watching."

He added that he didn't think much when hitting and did what he had prepared for, perhaps "borrowing some wind" to hit the first homerun for Taiwan.

Taiwan plays Hong Kong on Wednesday, but will advance to the Super Round and the final four regardless of the outcome, with the top two teams in the Super Round playing for the title on Dec. 10.

The eight-day championship is being played mostly by amateurs, except for Taiwan, which has fielded a team consisting primarily of players from Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

(By Hsieh Ching-wen and Evelyn Yang)

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Japanese player Sho Akiyama throws a pitch during Tuesday's Group B game against Thailand at Taipei Dome on Tuesday. Japan overcame Thailand 16-0 to secure its second win in the groups stage. Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association Dec. 5, 2023
Japanese player Sho Akiyama throws a pitch during Tuesday's Group B game against Thailand at Taipei Dome on Tuesday. Japan overcame Thailand 16-0 to secure its second win in the groups stage. Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association Dec. 5, 2023
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