Taiwan wins Little League Baseball Junior World Series
CNATAIPEI -- Taiwan won the 2013 Little League Baseball (LLB) Junior World Series title after routing Rio Rico from Arizona 11 to 2 in Taylor in the U.S. state of Michigan Sunday.
August 19, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The Taiwan team, composed of players from Hsin-Ming Junior High School in Taoyuan County, won the title with an undefeated record.
In Sunday's game, neither side scored during the first two innings, until Taiwan garnered four runs on five hits and a walk in the third inning.
Taiwan widened its lead to 9 to 0 in the fifth inning with a series of hits.
Rio Rico scored a two-run homerun in the sixth, but could not reverse the score as Taiwan built on its lead with two more runs in the same inning, thanks to three hits and fielding errors by Rio Rico.
Huang Wei-chih, manager of the Taiwan team, praised starting pitcher Fang Jung-tse, who threw seven innings of no-hit baseball, other than Rio Rico's two-run homerun in the sixth inning.
Huang said his players were shorter in height than their U.S. counterparts, but more skillful, which contributed to their victory.
Taiwan entered the series final after finishing in first place in the international division, while Rio Rico held first place in the U.S. division.
The victory marked Taiwan's second LLB Junior World Series title since rejoining the series in 2010.
The team will return to Taipei on Aug. 20, according to the manager.