Taipei, Taiwan beat South Korea 12-2 Saturday in its debut at the 2018 World University Baseball Championship being held in Chiayi, southern Taiwan.
The Taiwanese nine scored one run with a walk and a double in the top half of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. They added five runs in the fourth inning, another run in the sixth, two runs in the seventh, one run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth.
The Taiwanese baseballers got a total of 13 hits in the nine-inning game, while conceding two runs and six hits to their South Korean rivals.
The championship, with the participation of eight countries, was inaugurated on July 6 and will run through July 15.
The eight teams playing in the tournament have been divided into two groups, A and B. While Group A consists of Taiwan, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Australia, Group B comprises Japan, the United States, Russia and Hong Kong.
In the first round of competitions, members of each group will play each other on a round-robin basis and the best two of each group will advance to the second round of competitions.
The four teams in the second round will play each other also on a round-robin basis. The two best teams of the second round will vie for the title of the championship, while the third and fourth teams will play for the third place.
In the other two games played on Saturday, the Czech Republic defeated Australia 22-6 and Russia fought off Hong Kong 19-11.
In the opening day of the championship, South Korea won over the Czech Republic 10-9, the United States beat Hong Kong 16-1 and Japan blanked Russia 15-0.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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