TAIPEI, 6 August (CNA) Taiwan defeated arch-rival South Korea on Saturday night to advance to the bronze medal playoff at the 2022 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan.
Taiwan, who won the last tournament in 2019, were eliminated from gold medal contention the night before after losing 8-6 to the United States, but can secure a podium spot by surpassing the Dominican Republic in bronze contention. Sunday.
The United States will face Venezuela for the gold medal.
Saturday’s nailed match was typical of Taiwan clashing with South Korea over the diamond at all levels of play, and it was South Korea who put the pressure on the hosts.
Taiwan starter Gao Ping-Hang hit leadoff hitter Lee Do-yul to start the game, then hit a homer to Chung Woo-chan to give the South Koreans a 2-0 lead before an out was recorded. .
However, Gao and relievers Qiu Yunzhou (邱允州) and Chien Shao-hsiang (Jian Shao Xiang) kept South Korea hitless for the remainder of the sixth inning, giving Taiwan a chance.
The hosts responded with a solo blast by team captain and second baseman Chen En in the bottom of the third, and then suddenly rallied in the bottom of the fifth when hopes seemed waning.
Taiwan started the inning with two ground balls to be four short of defeat.
But with the bases loaded on balls, errors, and walks, Chuan Poyuan just got his second hit of the game.
Wu Sheng-zhi (吳聖智) was thrown out at home after trying to score from start to finish.
Taiwan didn’t need that insurance run, however, as Chien set the Koreans in order in sixth to cement the victory.
The 2022 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup is the sixth edition of the tournament, with 11 teams split into two groups to open the tournament, with USA, Taiwan, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, South Korea and Mexico advancing to the Super Round. .
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