《TAIPEI TIMES》Taiwan, Japan annihilate opponents
Japan players celebrate winning their Asian Baseball Championship game against Thailand at the Taipei Dome yesterday. Photo Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times
TROUNCED: Taiwan beat Palestine in six innnings on day three of the Asia Baseball Championship, while it took just five innings for Japan to defeat Thailand
Staff writer, with CNA
Taiwan yesterday beat Palestine 19-0 at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium on the third day of the Asian Baseball Championship.
The Group A game was over in six innings after a 6:03pm start.
Taiwan went on the offensive from the first inning, scoring three runs, but the real damage was done in the third inning, when they scored seven.
The Palestine players are all studying or working in the US.
In another duel between two unevenly matched teams, Japan thrashed Thailand 16-0 in their late Group B game at the Taipei Dome.
They won in five innings thanks to the mercy rule, which states that the game ends if a team is ahead by 10 runs after five innings.
In the early game at 12:30pm in Taichung, South Korea blanked Hong Kong 9-0, while the Philippines beat Pakistan 4-2 in a more evenly matched duel in Taipei.
The top two teams in each group will advance to a Super Round, with the top two teams from that part of the tournament playing for the title on Sunday.
The eight-day championship is being played mostly by amateurs, except for Taiwan, which has fielded a team consisting primarily of players from the CPBL.
The Philippines’ Ignacio Luis Escano gets ready to bat during their Asian Baseball Championship game against Pakistan at the Taipei Dome yesterday. Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times