Not to be outdone by the baseball team, Taiwan's softball squad got off to a strong start yesterday by winning both of their preliminary matches against South Korea and North Korea. Pitching proved the key, with Taiwan's pitchers giving up no runs and just four hits over 13 total innings.
Taiwan one-hit South Korea for a 7-0 thumping in the first match, pounding out 11 hits over six innings against starter Kim Jin-kyung, while Taiwan starter Wu Chia-yen was perfect during her first two innings of work. She was replaced in the third by Han Hsin-lin, who racked up four strikeouts in just 2.2 innings to take the easy win.
North Korea proved more threatening than its southern counterpart, holding Taiwan to a scoreless tie for the first four innings. North Korea's Kim Song-chun also pitched a complete game, giving up the only two runs of the match in the bottom of the fifth when Li Chiu-ching smacked a two-out, two-run home run to give Taiwan the lead. Taiwan's pitching was dominant again, giving up just three hits and no runs with Lin Su-hua earning the win for her 5.2 innings of work.
The men's and women' golf teams are set up for a strong finish in the final round today after putting up solid numbers yesterday. Taiwan's men's team maintained a one stroke lead over Japan to hold second place, although South Korea pulled away in first place by nine strokes. Taiwan's 15-year-old Pan Cheng-tseng continues to lead the individual field with a score of 205 after three rounds, leading South Korea's Kim Kyung-tae by just one stroke with one round left to play.
The women's team is in the same situation, in second place trailing South Korea by eight strokes and ahead of Japan by two. Tseng Ya-ni continues to hold second place in the individual competition, although it was Yu Pei-lin, currently tied for fourth, who led the entire field yesterday by shooting a 63, the best single-round score of the tournament so far.
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