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Asia-Pacific combines heavy offense and strong pitching, defeats Canada 10-2
By Colin Brown
Game Attendance: 5,930
Chung-Ping Little League from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, made a strong statement in their first game of the Little League Baseball® World Series defeating East Nepean Little League from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 10-2 on Friday afternoon.
It was a tale of two halves of the first inning: For Canada it was three up, three down; Asia-Pacific nearly batted through their order. Second batter Yu-Chun Chung hit a groundball through the left side of the infield for the first single of the day.
Huai-Chien Lan reached base on a walk and clean-up hitter Shih-Che Chou hit a no-doubter deep over the center-field wall to give Asia-Pacific an early 3-0 lead. This was Chou’s first of three hits, and he finished with two runs and three RBI.
“The most important thing in this game was to get scores first,” Asia-Pacific manager Kuo-Chiang Lee said via the team’s interpreter Chia-Hsien Lin.
The second inning was nearly identical to the first. Lan hit a two-run home run to right field, which scored Kai-En Wu who had reached base on a walk. Asia-Pacific had a 5-0 lead and their pitcher, Tung-Jua Yeh, was focused on the mound.
Yeh pitched three shutout innings and struck out four Canadian batters. Canada’s Cole Dennison recorded the only hit against Yeh when he hit a blooper down the left-field line in the third inning.
“He kept us off balance so that was like the perfect storm,” Canada manager Mark Keeping said of Yeh.
Canada had a smooth bottom of the third and carried the momentum into the fourth inning when David Legault led off the inning with a single to center field. The next batter, Angus Adams, hit a moonshot over the shrubbery in center field to put Canada on the board, 5-2.
Asia-Pacific responded by doubling their score in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chung doubled to deep center field and scored when Lan doubled to left-center field. Lan finished the day three-for-three, with three runs and three RBI.
Ching-Fong Yu hit a big shot over centerfielder Adams’ head, which scored Lan and Chou. With Yu on second base, Yeh hit the ball just over the left-field wall, which gave Asia-Pacific a 10-2 lead and the game its final score.
Canada plays again on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. Asia-Pacific will return to the field on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. Both games will take place on Volunteer Stadium.