Mon, Oct 10, 2011 - Page 20 News List

Rain holds Taiwan back from notching first ‘W’

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing Reporter

Winless Taiwan’s pursuit for that elusive first win in this year’s IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama City, Panama, continued on Saturday as a steady downpour forced the game officials to suspend the match against Greece after Taiwan took a striking 7-0 lead through the third inning of play.

As if Mother Nature had also joined the string of foes that have kept Taiwan from claiming their first victory of the tournament, the seemingly unattainable first “W” remained at large, as tournament officials were unable to announce the rescheduled time for the resumption of the game as of press time.

It can be speculated that the delay of the announcement is because the outcome of the contest carries no bearing on the next round of play because both teams have been eliminated from advancing. However, a definitive answer should be available within the next day or two.

Despite the suspension of the game, Taiwan will take on Puerto Rico in their scheduled final match in the Group A preliminaries, which the US will be watching closely, as the defending champs desperately need a defeat by Puerto Rico to grab the fourth and final spot in Group A to advance.

Opening pitch between Taiwan and Puerto Rico at the Remon Cantera Stadium in Aguadulce, Panama, is scheduled for today at 8:30am Taiwan time.

In other games, it was:

‧ Canada 5, Netherlands 4 (11)

‧ Puerto Rico 6, Japan 0

‧ South Korea 4, Italy 0

‧ Australia 15, Venezuela 0 (5)

‧ Cuba 8, Germany 2

‧ Dominican Republic 16,Nicaragua 1 (6)

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