Source: South Williamsport, Pa.
Date/Time: Day, August 16, 2012, 5:00pm ET
The boys from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei made it evident they came to South Williamsport to win Thursday evening as they dominated in all areas of the game en route to a 14-1, 4-inning mercy rule victory over Ramstein, Germany at Volunteer Stadium for the Little League World Series.
Europe struggled from the very first pitch, allowing a lead-off single by Kai-Chun Lin right off the bat. A wild pitch and walk would quickly put runners in scoring position, but Europe’s starting pitcher Justin Wilson would get out of trouble by striking out the side to end the inning with no damage done.
Europe was not as fortunate throughout the next three innings as Asia-Pacific
went on to score 14 runs on 10 hits to put the game out of reach.
In the bottom of the second, a base hit and walk set up the perfect opportunity for Li-Wei Chiang to crush a 3-run home run over the center field fence to put the boys from Europe in a 3-0 hole heading into the bottom of the second.
The scoring would continue for Asia-Pacific in the top of the third as they
scored six more runs off of four hits, several costly passed balls and an error.
The top of the fourth proved to be no different as they scored five more runs off four hits to put Europe in a 14-0 hole and warrant the mercy rule.
Though the boys from Europe would not score enough to continue the game and drop into losers' bracket, they did score one run in the bottom of the inning. Justin Wilson led off the inning with a walk before scoring two batters later on an error.
Both pitchers from Asia-Pacific dominated their opponents, allowing just one hit over four innings of work while collecting a combined eight strikeouts.
Despite giving up 14 runs, Europe’s pitching staff struck out a combined eight Asia-Pacific batters.
Chiang went 2 for 2 for Asia-Pacific with a home run, double and four RBIs. Feng Chen went 3 for 3 and collected three RBIs, as well.
Both teams will be back in action this weekend. Europe will play the Caribbean on Saturday at noon while Asia-Pacific will face perennial powerhouse Japan on Sunday at 7 p.m.