Ping Jen Senior High School of Taoyuan County shut out Kao Yuan Vocational Senior High School in the final of the PX Cup by a 2-0 margin at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night to successfully defend their title.
Starter Lin Cheng-hsien made the home crowd proud by tossing 8-1/3 shutout innings of six-hit ball against the Green Monsters from Kaohsiung, before being relieved on the 135-pitch rule in the ninth to lead Ping Jen to the title.
At the plate for Ping Jen, Chiang Jung-chuan knocked home both of his team’s runs with a sacrifice fly off Kao Yuan starter Lu Jau-ching in the bottom of the second to put Ping Jen ahead and an infield single off Lu in the fourth that made it 2-0, a score they would not relinquish the rest of the way.
Nan Ying 9, Chiayi 5
In the showdown for third place, Nan Ying Vocational Senior High School of Tainan easily handled Chiayi Senior High School in Taoyuan yesterday afternoon to close out the competition with the bronze medal.
Starter Huang Ching-wei saved his best for last by going the distance for skipper Chen Hsien-rong, turning in a gutsy complete-game effort on 119 pitches to humble their rivals from north of the county line.
Chang Jung-kai’s two-out single with the bases loaded gave Nan Ying a quick 2-0 lead in the opening frame, before Pan Chih-hong’s RBI single made it 3-0 after just two innings.
After a scoreless third, Nan Ying would add four to their lead on the strength of a walk, a single and an error by the Chiayi defense to blow the game wide open.
Even though Chiayi finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-1, the outcome of the game was never in doubt as Nan Ying went on to defeat their foes by a sizable margin.