New Taipei, A junior high school baseball team from Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan beat its rival from northern Taoyuan Sunday to win the county’s first championship title in the Hsieh Kuo-cheng Cup for 21 years, gaining a berth to represent Taiwan in the Little League Baseball’s (LLB’s) Junior League Baseball Asia-Pacific Regional Tournament scheduled to be held in July.
Taitung’s Pei Nan Junior High School triumphed over Taoyuan’s Hsin Ming Junior High School with a 3-1 score at New Taipei’s Sanchong Baseball Stadium in a game that was played behind closed doors on account of fears over the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The team’s head coach, Huang Kuei-yu (黃貴裕), attributed the hard-earned victory to the joint efforts of the team’s two left-handed pitchers, Huang Yu-yao (黃宇耀) and Huang Chin-hao (黃錦豪).
Starting pitcher Huang Yu-yao gave up one run in five innings, with four strikeouts and four hits, while Huang Chin-hao, meanwhile, had two scoreless innings as a reliever, giving up one hit and no runs.
Pei Nan Junior High School’s victory makes it the first team representing Taitung to win the championship title of the annual baseball event since another Taitung team did so during the cup’s inaugural year in 1999.
It is also the first time a team from Taitung will represent the country in the LLB’s Junior League Baseball Asia-Pacific Regional Tournament since the annual tournament began to be used in 2012 to select a national team to participate in the LLB.
The LLB’s Junior League Baseball Asia-Pacific Regional Tournament, featuring players aged between 13 and 14, is scheduled to be held in Hong Kong July 1-7.
The winner of the regional tournament will compete in the LLB’s Junior League Baseball World Series to be held Aug. 16-23 in the U.S. state of Michigan.
Taiwan has won six consecutive championship titles in the LLB’s Junior League Baseball World Series from 2013 to 2018.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel