Taiwan loses to U.S. in U-12 baseball world cup final

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Taiwan loses to U.S. in U-12 baseball world cup final

Taipei, Aug.6 (CNA) Taiwan won a silver medal after losing to the United States 2-7 in the final of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup held in Tainan on Sunday, a biennial tournament contested by 12 teams from around the world.

The final game was played amid a cheerful atmosphere, with about 10,000 spectators packed into the southern Taiwanese stadium to root for the young players from both teams.

The U.S. was the first team to get a score on the board with four runs at the top of the third inning, edging out the Taiwanese team 4-0.

The local team was quick to bounce back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, trailing the game at 4-2.

However, the Americans lengthened their lead at the top of the fifth, when the Taiwanese pitcher gave a poor return to his second baseman, allowing two more US batters to run to the home base.

Taiwan rallied with a solid inning on the bottom of the fifth by loading the bases, but batters were unable to produce any runs before ending with three outs.

The U.S. maintained its lead until the end of the match.

A total of 12 countries participated in the biennial tournament that kicked off on July 28. In the opening round the teams were divided into two groups of six with the top three in each advancing to the Super Round Competition, while the other six teams played in the Consolation Round.

The teams that played in the Consolation Round were Panama, Brazil, Australia, Germany, the Czech Republic and South Africa.

The WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, the highest level of competition in its age category, was launched in 2011 in Taiwan and is staged every two years.

This was the fourth time the event has been held in Taiwan and the fourth time the nation has medaled, including 1 gold and 3 silvers.

(By Ko Lin)

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