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Ping Jen maul Taoyuan to claim Leopard banner

By Paul huang  /  Contributing reporter

After an explosive seven-run first, Taoyuan County’s Ping Jen High School roughed up cross-town rivals Taoyuan Agricultural and Industrial Vocational High School of Taoyuan City in a 13-1 blowout in seven innings to win this year’s Black Leopard Banner High School Baseball Tournament at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu last night.

Starter Huang Yi-hsin went the distance for the champs with only one allowed run on five hits to pick up the victory, while the bottom of the Ping Jen order erupted for nearly half of their runs with five RBIs on three doubles, a single and a triple to get the job done.

The win marked Ping Jen’s fifth tournament victory this season, which has seen them emerge as the nation’s premier baseball squad at a high-school level.

Ku Pao 8, Pingtung 1

New Taipei City’s Ku Pao Vocational High School cruised past Pingtung County’s Pingtung High School in the tournament’s bronze medal game in Tianmu yesterday.

Even though the perennial baseball powerhouse of the north did not win the title — as most had expected — coming third was a nice way to end a long season that has seen them play eight tournaments over the past eleven months.

“Our players really deserve a practice-free winter break,” Ku Pao skipper Tsai Ming-tang said.

His troops fell a lone run short of the title game in a disheartening defeat to Taoyuan City’s Taoyuan A&I the night before.

In yesterday’s game, starter Liao Wei-cheng tossed six innings of no-hit ball to lead the victors, despite allowing three walks.

That was more than enough to deliver the win as Ku Pao’s hitters backed him up with a stunning six-run first that destroyed Pingtung’s confidence.

The heart of the Ku Pao order was also at its best, with Chen Wei-hao collecting three of his team’s eight hits on the day via two doubles and an RBI, while cleanup man Wang Cheng-tang belted a rare triple and a single off the Pingtung pitching for a pair of RBIs.

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