Friday, August 16, 2013

Game 5 - Asia-Pacific Combines Heavy Offense and Strong Pitching to Defeat Canada 10-2

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From Little League By Colin Brown 
South Williamsport, PA - Chung-Ping Little League from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, made a strong statement in their first game of the Little League Baseball® World Series by defeating East Nepean Little League from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 10-2 on Friday afternoon.

It was a tale of two halves of the first inning: for Canada it was three up, three down; Asia-Pacific nearly batted through their order. Second batter Yu-Chun Chung hit a groundball through the left side of the infield for the first single of the day.

Huai-Chien Lan reached base on a walk and clean-up hitter Shih-Che Chou hit a no-doubter deep over the center-field wall to give Asia-Pacific an early 3-0 lead. This was Chou’s first of three hits and he finished with two runs and three RBI.

“The most important thing in this game was to get scores first,” Asia-Pacific manager Kuo-Chiang Lee said via the team’s interpreter Chia-Hsien Lin.

The second inning was nearly identical to the first. Lan hit a two-run home run to right field, which scored Kai-En Wu who had reached base on a walk. Asia-Pacific had a 5-0 lead and their pitcher, Tung-Jua Yeh, was focused on the mound.

Yeh pitched three shutout innings and struck out four Canadian batters. Canada’s Cole Dennison recorded the only hit against Yeh.

“He kept us off balance so that was like the perfect storm,” Canada manager Mark Keeping said of Yeh.

Caden Griffin pitched the first shutout inning against Asia-Pacific. After sending 14 batters to the plate in the first two innings, Asia-Pacific was limited to four by Dennison.

Canada carried the momentum into the fourth inning when David Legault led off the inning with a single to center field. The next batter, Angus Adams, hit a moonshot over the shrubbery in center field to put Canada on the board, 5-2.

Asia-Pacific responded by doubling their score in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chung hit to deep center field and scored when Lan doubled to left-center field. Lan finished the day three-for-three, with three runs and three RBI.

Ching-Fong Yu hit a big shot over centerfielder Adams’ head, which scored Lan and Chou. With Yu on second base, Yeh hit the ball just over the left-field wall, which gave Asia-Pacific a 10-2 lead.

Canada plays again on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium. Asia-Pacific will return to the field on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at Lamade Stadium.