Taiwan stuns Mexico’s first defeat at Under-12 Baseball World Cup

Taipei, Aug 1 (CNA) Taiwan handed Mexico their first defeat at the WBSC Under-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, southern Taiwan on Sunday, as world baseball strong teams now tie for second place in the standings in Group A. , trailing after undefeated Venezuela.

After losing to Venezuela on Saturday, Taiwan, competing under the name “Chinese Taipei”, pulled back their groove to overcome early losses, defeating previously undefeated Mexico 3–3 at the Asia-Pacific International Baseball Stadium in Tainan. 1 to take third place. Tournament day.

Taiwan, who are also defending world champions after winning the last edition of the tournament in 2019, now holds a 2-1 record in the round-robin group stage after beating Panama 4-3 and losing 8-10 to Venezuela on Friday . Saturday, respectively.

Venezuela is on top with an impeccable 3-0 record, while Taiwan and Mexico are in second place.

The win over Mexico was a much-needed victory for Taiwan to gain confidence after losing to Venezuela the night before.

Third baseman Ezequiel Rivera defeated starter Wu Sheng-zi (吳聖智) in the bottom half of second to give Mexico a 1-0 lead.

Fortunately the advantage was quickly put to rest as Taiwanese left fielder Ye Yu-hsiang (葉宇翔) started pitcher Johnny Jimenez on Mexico and scored on an error in the top of the third inning to tie the game 1–1. did.

Taiwan’s home crowd at the top of the fifth inning added more excitement from the stands as Chuang Po-yuan (莊博淵) sang from the right while Wu scored with lightning speed from second base to home plate.

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Also in fifth, Ou Tzu-chiao (歐子喬) extended another 1 RBI after a single from the left as Chuang scored to extend Taiwan’s lead to 3–1.

From there, Taiwan relief pitcher Chen Rui-Xin (陳瑞鑫) put the icing on the cake, with sugar-sweet pitching, throwing two perfect innings that sealed the victory.

Chen played with fire in his veins, throwing 36 pitches with 24 strikes. He dismissed a total of four batsmen, facing him in the bottom of the sixth, as fans leaped from their seats waving the Taiwanese team’s colors blue and white.

Taiwan will next face South Africa on Monday.

Now in its sixth edition, the 2022 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup features 11 teams, competing in two groups in the preliminary round to be held from July 29 to August 3, before the top three finishers from each group will supervise. Proceed to the round.

The rest of the teams will compete in the Placement Round, which is also played on the same dates as the Super Round between 4-6 August.

The top two finishers of the Super Round will compete for the under-12 world title on 7 August, while the third and fourth placed teams will play for the bronze medal on the same day.

Taiwan, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico, South Africa and Italy are playing in Group A, while Japan, South Korea, the United States, the Czech Republic and the Dominican Republic are playing in Group B.