Starter Luo Hua-wei dominated from the beginning with six scoreless innings of four-hit ball and seven strikeouts to deny the China batters before his successor, Kuo Jung-lin, followed with three equally effective innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts to keep the shutout intact.
“We didn’t get the gold, which is what we came here for, but we are still satisfied with what we have accomplished,” Taiwan coach Lu Ming-tsu said after the game.
Offensively for the Islanders, Hsiao Po-ting’s two-out double with two on base saw both runners score in the top of the fourth to break a scoreless tie after China’s starter silenced Taiwan’s batters with three tremendous innings of no-hit ball.
Leading by two, Taiwan tacked on a run in the seventh and the ninth for some insurance off China ace Li Xin, who won the first meeting between the two squads in the preliminaries with an unbelievable relief appearance.
JAPAN 4, SOUTH KOREA 2
Japan doubled up on South Korea in a convincing triumph to claim the gold in this year’s tournament.
It is the first time that the sport has been included in the regional competition.