Chinese Taipei Cruises to Second Junior League Baseball World Series® Crown
Chun An Wu led the way with three RBI for the Asia-Pacific champions from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, as they used a five-run fifth inning to cruise to an 11-2 victory over the West Region champions from Rio Rico, Ariz., in the Junior League Baseball World Series championship game on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Heritage Park in Taylor, Mich.
Already leading 4-0, Asia-Pacific batter Li Chung Peng sent a double to center field, scoring two runners on the play. However, Asia-Pacific wasn’t finished cushioning their lead just yet. Later in the fifth, Asia-Pacific added three more runs through two RBI-singles and a passed ball.
Besides Wu, several other players had a multiple-RBI game. Peng and Wei An Wang each had two RBI while going 2-4 and 2-3 at the plate, respectively. Six different Asia-Pacific players had multiple hits on the day as well.
Unfortunately for West’s offense, their opponent’s pitching was strong. West would manage two runs in the top of the sixth when Ricardo Paredes, Jr., sent a two-run home run over the right field fence.
Jung Tse Fang pitched all seven innings for Asia-Pacific and gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out two batters.
The win marks the second time a team from Chinese Taipei has won the championship. Its first came in 2010 when they defeated the United States champion from Tyler, Texas, 9-1.