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Jul, 2018

Chinese Taipei claims Bronco Asia-Pacific Zone title

Action at the Bronco Asia-Pacific Zone Championships reached an exciting apex Thursday, when Korea and host Japan met in an 11-inning thriller in which the Japanese were able to outlast the Koreans 10-9 thanks to a Kazuki Oishi walk off single to put Japan into the championship game. Unfortunately for the host team, its undefeated opponent, Chinese Taipei, proved to be too much after the competitive marathon the day before against Korea. Both offensively and defensively, Chinese Taipei dominated and rolled to victory 17-0 in the championship game; thus, claiming its seventh PONY Asia-Pacific Zone Bronco title this decade. Chinese Taipei will be making its 17th appearance in history at the Bronco World Series in Los Alamitos, California next month. 

Bronco Asia-Pacific Zone Championship Game: Chinese Taipei 17   Japan 0   (F/6)

Chinese Taipei's starting pitcher Po-Han Song pitched a gem for his team in the championship game. Song pitched a shutout and allowed just two hits without walking a batter on the day, while striking out eight. He didn't allow a runner to advance to second base, and he also retired the last 10-consecutive Japanese hitters he faced.

Offensively, 
Chinese Taipei shot out of the gate in the top of the first inning, as Shoo-Lun Lin singled and came around to score on the next at-bat, which was a triple hit by Shoo-Wei Lin. To-Yu Lin followed with an RBI double of his own to left field. Siang-Jyun Syu singled behind him, bringing home To-Yu Lin from second base and giving Chinese Taipei an early 3-0 lead thanks to the first four hitters in the lineup all collecting hits.

Chinese Taipei broke through in the top of the third inning, when it batted through the order and scored eight runs in the process. Five batters collected hits for CT in the inning. Chinese Taipei manufactured four runs in the fifth and two runs in sixth, highlighted by Syu's solo home run to left field, to give itself plenty of insurance runs to win decisively. 

Chio-Feng La paced the CT offense with three hits, as seven batters recorded multi-hit games and three recorded multiple RBI. Cheng-Jung Tsai led the team with three runs scored.

As the PONY Asia-Pacific Zone champion, Chinese Taipei receives the Zone's automatic bid to the Bronco World Series. Chinese Taipei will face the Caribbean Zone Champion in the tournament's first game, Friday Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. PST.

Thursday Results
China 11   Hong Kong 0 (F/6)
Philippines 19   Vietnam 1 (F/4)
Korea 18   Philippines 3 (F/4)
Chinese Taipei 17   Indonesia 0 (F/5)
Japan 10   Korea 9 (F/11)

Watch the semifinal game of Japan vs. Korea below:

 

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