Taiwan’s final gasp in the bottom of the ninth proved futile as South Korea stood its ground to hand the favorites their second straight defeat.
“I guess I was so much in a hurry to end the game that I lost control of my pitches,” a very disappointed Huang said after the game.
He would take the loss on the day that cost Taiwan the top-seed berth in today’s semi-finals.
The Islanders are to take on Japan in a semi-final game today at noon, where the winner will advance into tomorrow’s title game against the winner in the other semi-final contest between South Korea and China.
Staff ace Wang Yao-lin will get the call in an effort to carry his team into the title game.