Sun, Mar 09, 2003 - Page 24 News List

President Lions pound Agan in 11-5 victory

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER , WITH CNA

The President Lions avenged Friday night's 2-1 loss to the visiting First Securities Agan by scoring 11 runs to beat the former Taiwan Major League (TML) team in an 11-5 victory. The Lion lineup, led by game-MVP first baseman Wang Chuan-jia's (王傳家) 5-RBI night, completely destroyed an Agan pitching staff that was missing its top two pitchers due to their late arrival from abroad.

Lion starter Joe Davenport took a 7-0 no-hitter into the sixth inning, but gave up five runs before leaving the game after the sixth inning. Relievers Chen Yang-kai (陳揚凱) and Tsao Jung-yang (曹竣揚) combined for three scoreless innings to preserve the win for Davenport and give their team the first win of the season. With the three-game series tied at one game apiece, tonight's game will surely see a great effort from both teams.

Gida 2 Bulls 14

The Sinon Bulls turned last night's contest into a home-run derby, as they continued their winning way at home against the visiting Naluwan Gida in a 14-2 blowout. Gida's one-run lead in the top of the first was the only lead that they would see all night, because the Bulls put up two runs on the board in the bottom of the same inning and never looked back.

The heart of the Bull lineup really took Gida starter Yang Chi-jia (楊騏嘉) to school, as it knocked out three home runs through the first four innings against the right-hander.

Things did not improve for the Gida relievers either, as Feng Rho-hui (豐偌暉) and Chuang Chin-heh (莊景賀) each gave up one more homer to make it a total of five home runs for the night by the Bull hitters.

Third baseman Chang Tai-shan (張泰山) received the game MVP honor for his two blasts that brought home a total of six runs in the game.

Meanwhile, the fourth Soochow University International Ultramarathon began yesterday on its campus in suburban Taipei with the mercury at a chilly 13 degrees centigrade.

This ultramarathon is a race to see who can run the farthest in 24 and 12 hours.

The race attracted 31 runners from all over the world, including Edit Berces from Hungary, the women's world record holder with a distance of 250.108km; Chen Chun-yen, Taiwan's ultramarathon record holder; and the 67-year-old eldest runner, John Lane from England.

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Chi Cheng -- an outstanding female athlete who was once hailed as the world's fastest woman -- and Soochow University President Liu Yuan-chun also took part in a one-hour celebrity race.

The endurance competition is divided into races of 24 hours, 12 hours and the one-hour celebrity run.

The races will finish at 10am today.

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