Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Saturday, August 20, 2011, 12:00pm ET
Chinese Taipei’s starting pitcher Yu-Kuan Wu got all the run support he needed on Saturday, and he got it quickly.
The Asia-Pacific bats lit up for 16 runs in the first three innings to overtake the Caribbean Champions from Aruba, 20-3, and bring their LLWS record to 1-1.
Manager Hung-Ken Hsu credited his players settling their nerves in their second game of the tournament with the offensive explosion.
After loading the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning, back-to-back doubles to left-center field by Chi-Ling Hsu and Wu brought home four runs.
Another five runs—highlighted by Chin-Hao Yang’s RBI double to left-center (the third in two innings) and Chia-Hao Ko’s two-RBI single to right field—were tacked on an inning later.
Seven hits and two more doubles brought home seven runs in the third. Shih-Lung Chen smacked the lone home run of the day in the top of the fourth inning.
Shortstop Chin-Hao Yang, who agreed with his manager that his nerves had calmed down from the opening game, led the charge by going 4-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in.
Hsu finished the day 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in a game-high five runs. Wu threw three innings, allowed two hits, no runs and struck out three.
Chinese Taipei will play the loser between Canada and Latin America on Sunday.
Aruba is out of the tournament but will play a third and final game on Monday at noon against the loser of the Midwest Region Champion and the Southeast Region Champion.
Despite trailing by 20 runs and down to their last out, the Aruban dugout never surrendered an ounce of positivity.
The game was all but over heading into the bottom of the fourth and facing an insurmountable deficit with three outs left.
Still, the dancing never stopped. A series of hits brought three runs home, and all 14 players smiled and cheered.
After the game, they smiled. They saluted the fans from Chinese Taipei. Vaughn Bergen, a reserve, played to the crowd and did a few requested dance moves.