Chen’s Mechelen go in first
Taiwan international Javier Chen’s KV Mechelen went atop the Belgian Jupiler League on Saturday night after a 2-1 victory at OH Leuven, despite being reduced to 10 men at the end of the first half. Alessandro Cordaro opened the scoring for the visitors after eight minutes, but a foul in the penalty area by Kenny van Hoevelen in the 43rd minute gave Leuven a penalty, which Jordan Remacle converted, and saw van Hoevelen given his marching orders. Despite being a man down, Julien Gorius gave Mechelen the lead in the 51st minute and the visitors held on to take home the three points. Mechelen top the table with nine points.
Taiwan scrape by in U16
A Taiwanese baseball team in the International Baseball Federation’s U16 Baseball World Championship avoided elimination by grabbing their first win in the tournament, beating Brazil 7-6 in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, on Saturday. Starting pitcher Tu Chia-ming had a solid performance, allowing only five hits and one run over seven innings. Taiwan had a 4-1 lead by the bottom of the seventh, but relievers Huang Yi-hsin and Wang Tse-chun gave up five runs. Taiwan’s lineup earned the close win in the bottom of the ninth thanks to an uncaught third strike, opponent errors, walks and a hit in the final inning.
Taiwan destroy Aruba
Yang Chin-hao went 4 for 4 with three runs as Taiwan’s Greater Kaohsiung avoided elimination at the Little League World Series with a 20-3 rout of Oranjestad, Aruba, on Saturday. Taiwan pounded out 19 hits. Yang singled to load the bases before scoring on Hsu Chi-ling’s first-inning double. The 12-year-old Yang added a two-RBI double in the second, before making a leaping stab of Albert Pop’s line drive to save an extra-base hit in the third. The game ended after four innings because of the league’s 10-run rule.
Taiwan lose title at JLBWS
Taiwan failed to defend their championship title at the Junior League Baseball World Series (JLBWS), losing to the US 2-1 in the final in Taylor, Michigan, on Saturday. The team from Shing-Ming Junior High School in Taoyuan earned a spot in the championship after setting an unbeaten record in the international pool to compete against the winner of the US pool — the Palma Ceia team from Florida. Taiwan starter Lin Chen-fei went the distance, striking out six while allowing only four hits. Teammate Ou Chin had a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning to drive in the team’s only run. The US’ Patrick Kiszla hit a two-run homer in the second inning. He also pitched the final two innings in relief, retiring all six batters he faced.
Taiwan edged at Pony WS
Taiwan lost by a run to Laredo, Texas, in the final of the Pony League World Series in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, in what would have been their seventh win since 1993. The South Zone champs defeated Taiwan 10-9 with a series of home runs and hits from the fourth inning onward. The team of 13 and 14-year-olds from New Taipei City led the game 5-1 in the third inning. Although they managed to score another four runs in the sixth and seventh innings, the team could not hold on. Despite the team’s loss, rightfielder Tsai Chen-yu was named the top runner with the most stolen bases in this year’s tournament, while third baseman Wang Ku-fan was named best batter, smacking six hits in the championship game.