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Taiwan defeat Texas to claim Junior League title

WIN-WINA Chung-Ching Junior Little League team collected the nation’s 18th title, while a team from Kaohsiung beat Saudi Arabia 18-0 in Pennsylvania

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA AND AP , SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA

The Taiwanese team celebrates after defeating Texas 9-1 to win the Junior League Baseball World Series championship in Michigan on Saturday.

PHOTO: CNA

Taiwan defeated Texas 9-1 to win the Junior League Baseball World Series championship on Saturday in Michigan.

The Asia-Pacific champions from the Chung-Ching Junior Little League in Taipei collected Taiwan’s 18th title since 1992.

The championship game started out as a tight pitcher’s duel, before Texas scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking a 1-0 lead.

With batter Lin Tzu-wei (林子崴) slapping the ball through the Texan infield, the Taiwanese team managed to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning. They followed up with three more runs in quick succession in the same inning to open up a formidable 4-1 lead.

Entering the seventh inning, Taiwan secured victory by adding a further five runs to the scoreboard.

So far, Taiwan’s baseball teams have given exemplary performances this year, earning a gold medal in the IBAF World Junior Baseball Championship earlier this month and a title in the Junior League Baseball World Series.

Meanwhile, a team from Kaohsiung blanked Saudi Arabia 18-0 on Saturday in their first match in the Little League World Series tournament in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

In the other game, Lucas Soper pitched a complete game and William Quito knocked in two runs as Vancouver downed Chitre of Panama 4-2 on Saturday.

In the US section, Hamilton, Ohio, beat Toms River, New Jersey, 16-6, while Columbus, Georgia, defeated Waipahu, Hawaii, 6-2 in a matchup of local leagues that have World Series titles.

Georgia won in 2006 and Hawaii took the crown in 2008.

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