Taiwan Secures Championship Match with Shutout

Taiwan shut out Nicaragua 2-0 to secure a date with Japan for the gold medal on Sunday. They first must play Japan in a game for bragging rights on Saturday. Ming Hsuan Chen threw six innings of five hit ball to pick up the win.

Chen allowed a baserunner in every inning except the first, putting the leadoff runner on in four innings including the seventh. He was able to wiggle out of each inning, not allowing a runner to reach third. After a leadoff walk to Johnny Trewin in the seventh the manager went to the pen. Shih Ying Peng retired all six hitters he faced and Yi Hao Lin, who pitches for the EDA Rhinos retired all three batters he faced to pick up the save.

Horace Rigby pitched well for Nicaragua. Taiwan ran themselves out of a couple innings. On a hit and run in the third inning Chih Chieh Su found himself rounding past second when a fly ball was caught by Arnol Rizo. Rizo trotted to first to step on the bag to complete the double play, recording all three outs in the inning. Kuo Lin Lo blasted a ball off the left field wall and raced it into a lead off triple. The throw skipped past the third baseman, Lo raced for home and was caught in no man’s land when Nicaragua recovered the ball and tagged Lo out as he tried to return to third.

In the sixth Tai Chun Yang gave the Taiwan team all the runs they needed, blasting a long drive over the left field fence, ending the shutout for Rigby, who would have liked to have that 0-2 pitch back. Rigby worked until the end of the inning before calling it a night.

Taiwan loaded the bases in the seventh with just one out but Tai Chun Yang hit a hard liner to first. Su, who was caught in the double play in the third inning, found himself too far off the base and the first baseman stepped on first to complete the double play.

Taiwan would get an insurance run in the eighth. Po Jung Wang led off the inning with a double. A ground out to second moved Wang to third where a fly ball to right hit by Chih Hsien Lin scored him.

Game Notes: There was admission for this game. Attendance was listed at 608. They were a very loud 608 led in part by American Uncle R.J. and his LaMiga Monkey son. It will be interesting to see the turnout for the game today…Three women cheerleaders began the game with a dance routine but the loudspeakers shut off before the last 30 seconds of their routine could be finished. They completed the last moves of their dance without the music playing and returned for an encore in the fifth inning when Asia has a rest while the grounds crew re-lines the fields…The four man umpiring crew included an umpire from China Bing Xu, even though China did not have a team in this event. There was also an umpire from Taiwan, which seemed to break the neutrality code…Centerfielder Yu Ning Tsao starred in the movie “Kano” about an under dog high school Taiwan team participating in Koshien and finishing in second place. If his baseball career does not pan out he always has the movies to fall back on. He finished the game with two hits batting from the leadoff spot…When Taiwan called in a pinch runner they swapped helmets with the pinch runner using the same helmet as the runner on first. Myworld would have second thoughts about putting on someone else’s sweaty helmet.

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