Taiwan loses to Japan in women's baseball World Cup final

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Photo courtesy of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami

Photo courtesy of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami

Washington, Aug. 31 (CNA) Taiwan was defeated by Japan in the final of the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup 0-6 to take second spot in the championship held Friday in Viera, Florida.

Despite the defeat, it was the best performance for the Taiwan team in women's baseball World Cup events. Japan won the championship for the sixth consecutive year.

Taiwan's previous best performance was fourth in the 2016 women's baseball World Cup.

Friday's game was the second in which Taiwan competed against Japan at this year's World Cup.

Taiwan lost to Japan in the super round 1-2 Aug. 29 before beating Canada 6-4 Aug. 31 to advance to the final.

The Japanese team deployed Ayami Sato as starting pitcher, who gave up six hits to the Taiwanese team in the first five innings, but the Taiwanese team failed to clinch a score. Sato also struck six out in the game.

The Japanese team took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, in which Taiwan starter Hu Ching-wen (胡瀞文) walked Japan's Tomomi Nakada, who then stole the second base and reached the third on a ground out by Iori Mura. Japan's Yuki Kawabata scored Nakada with a hit and touched home on back-to-back singles by Chihiro Funakoshi and Nozomi Abe.

Japan scored another run in the second inning and three runs in the fourth.

(By Rita Cheng and Frances Huang)

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