Taipei, Taiwanese teams gained berths in the Pony and Bronco World Series after defeating their opponents in the finals of the Asia-Pacific Zone Championships, which were both played in Miyazaki, Japan, on Friday.
In the qualifying final for the Pony Baseball Asia-Pacific Zone Championships, Taiwan secured an easy win by defeating Japan 10-1.
Taiwan's starting Tseng Yi-fa pitched a complete game to get the win, throwing 83 pitches over seven innings and allowing only one run.
The Taiwanese team, made up of players from Changan Junior High School in Taipei, started the scoring with a four-run rally on six hits in the third, and added two runs in the fourth and four more in the sixth to secure victory and book its place in the World Series.
Taiwan will be attempting to win its fourth Pony World Series title in five years and its 10th title since it first attended the tournament for players aged 13 to 14 in 1993.
The Pony World Series will be played in Pennsylvania in August.
Also on Friday, players from Beinan Elementary School in Taitung, beat Korea 11-1 to gain a berth in the Bronco World Series, which will be held in Laredo, Texas in August.
Chiu Yen-tsu opened the scoring for Taiwan in the first inning with a home run, and pitcher Su Cheng-hsien added a grand slam later in the inning to put Taiwan up 5-0 early in the game.
The Koreans were able to do little offensively, scoring their only run in the fifth inning.
Taiwan is hoping to defend its title in the Bronco World Series. The Bronco League is for players aged 11 to 12.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel