The United States beat Taiwan in the WBSC U12 Baseball World Cup

TAIPEI, Aug. 6 (CNA) Defending Taiwan U12 World Series champions were knocked out of their campaign to win back-to-back titles as they were overtaken by the United States in the grand round of the 2022 FIFA U12 World Baseball World Cup in Tainan Friday night.

The 8-6 defeat at the ASPAC Youth Arena means Taiwan, competing under the name “Chinese Taipei”, will not advance to Sunday’s championship game, but still have a chance in the bronze medal match if they beat South Korea in their last Super Round match on Sunday. Saturday.

Taiwan, winner of the 2019 edition of the tournament, currently holds the record 2-2, behind Venezuela and the United States with a score of 3-1 and 4-0, respectively.

However, even if Taiwan defeats South Korea and Venezuela ends up losing their next match on Saturday, the East Asians will not qualify for the tournament match because the results of the opening head-to-head round have moved to the Super Round.

Taiwan had lost to Venezuela 10-8 in the opening round on July 30.

To that end, the United States, who currently have a 4-0 record, will face Venezuela in Sunday’s championship match.

After Friday’s game, Taiwan coach Lai Zhao-jung (賴朝榮) said one of the reasons for the recent loss may be due to his players’ difficulty playing with confidence.

Lai said that although the United States was a strong hitting team, the number of hits would have increased if the Taiwanese bowlers had increased their speed, but the bowlers did not play at the usual level.

Taiwan were up 1-0 early in the game, but the United States got their first home run early down the first half when Colin Anderson came into a drag deep in the left center to also bring back Anthony Frausto. Third to flip the scoreboard 2-1.

From there, rain forced the match to be delayed by about an hour.

After the match resumed, Taiwan regained a 3-2 lead in the third inning when comfortable bowler Chen Rui-xin (陳瑞鑫) led first American Dylan Mercado beyond the left field wall to throw the ball twice.

At the top of fourth, Taiwan picked another run to lead by 2.

Just when it looked as if Taiwan was steadily regaining ground, the United States loaded all of its bases into the bottom of the fourth to lead an accelerator Fruusto or Tzu-qiao (歐) to a major major blow that flew over the fence. In the right center, which puts the United States in front again, 6-4.

After both teams scored two runs each in the fifth, Taiwan was sent into the lead with a sixth-place lead for their last chance to save the match. However, American bowler Levi Kerr secured all three finals and stamped his team’s ticket to the championship game.

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