Former Little League Baseball World Series Champion, Fu-Hsing Little League from Chinese Taipei, Returns after Capturing Asia-Pacific Region
By Communications Division
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.
July 15, 2010
Fu-Hsing Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei scored runs in each of the first three innings and pitcher Wei-Chih Chen did the rest tossing a five-inning, no-hitter helping them to the Asia-Pacific Region Championship with a 10-0 win over ILLAM Central Little League from Makati City, Philippines earlier today.
The tournament title earns the team from Chinese Taipei a berth in the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series, joining two other teams, Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, the Japan Region Champion; and Caribbean Champion, Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico, who previously earned their spot in the World Series.
Pitching was the key for the squad as it surrendered a total of seven hits in 25 innings of work in the regional tournament, shutting out all five opponents. Fu-Hsing Little League outscored its opponents, 46-0, in the 10-team tournament which was played in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Besides tossing a no-hitter in the final, Wei-Chih collected a pair of hits and an RBI. The Chinese Taipei pitcher appeared in all but one of their tournament games.
Fu-Hsing Little League advanced to the final game with a 3-0 victory a team from South Korea. Both teams came into that deciding game with perfect records in their pool. The Philippine team advanced to final after taking a 4-3 decision over Hong Kong Little League in the other pool. Again, both teams came into the contest with perfect records in pool play.
This is the fifth time in the 64 years of the Little League Baseball World Series a team from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei has qualified, the second time for Fu-Hsing Little League. Two of those qualifiers, including Fu-Hsing Little League in 1996, have captured the World Series title. In all, teams from Chinese Taipei have reached the Little League Baseball World Series 24 times, winning 17 World Series championships. Fu-Hsing Little League won the title in 1996 with a 13-3 victory over Western Little League from Cranston, R.I.
The entrant from Chinese Taipei will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Middle East and Africa Champion on Aug. 21 in their first game.
The 64th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.
There have been two changes to the tournament that will affect aspects of play and strategy.
The 16 teams are still split into four pools with the eight U.S. regional champions on one side of the bracket, opposite the eight International qualifiers. The change comes in first round play where the winner of each pool will be determined by a double-elimination format. The winners of two U.S. and International pools meet to determine who plays in the World Championship game. Previously, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the single-elimination round and those eight teams competed for the title.
The other change comes in the area of pitch count where the International Tournament rules were brought in line with the regular-season guidelines. The change means more days of rest between appearances depending on the number of pitches thrown.
The 2010 World Series is the fourth under an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC. All games of the World Series will be televised live, in high definition, on the ESPN family of networks or ABC. ABC will air the World Series championship game, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m., and the U.S. and International Championship games the previous day beginning with the International contest at 1 p.m. and the U.S. game to follow.
As has been the case since 1997, everyone can follow the road to South Williamsport for the squads from the U.S. with ESPN and its family of networks coverage of the Little League Baseball regionals. Live coverage of the semifinals and championship game at all eight regional sites begins August 10. In addition, the New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise four pool play games in the New England Regional, played at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn., and both semifinals.
The U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern): Southwest Region (Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Waco, Texas, ESPN2); Southeast Region (Aug. 13, 8 p.m., Warner Robins, Ga., ESPN); Midwest Region (Aug. 14, 1 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN2); Great Lakes Region (Aug. 14, 5 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); New England Region (Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN); Northwest Region (Aug. 14, 9 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); West Region (Aug. 15, 8 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN2); and Mid-Atlantic Region (Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN2).
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided July 24 when the champion in the Middle East and Africa Region Tournament will be determined.
Follow every step of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).
2010 Little League Baseball World Series Pool D Schedule (double-elimination format)
Asia-Pacific (Fu-Hsing Little League, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei)
Middle East & Africa
Pool D Schedule
Sat., Aug. 21
Game 6 – Latin America vs. Canada, 1 p.m., Volunteer
Game 8 – Asia-Pacific vs. MEA, 6 p.m., Volunteer
Sun., Aug. 22
Game 12 – Loser of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 8, 3 p.m., Volunteer (elimination game)
Mon., Aug. 23
Game 15 – Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 8, 2 p.m., Volunteer
Tues., Aug. 24
Loser Game 11 (Pool A) vs. Loser Game 12, noon, Lamade (crossover consolation game)
Game 19 – Loser of Game 15 vs. Winner of Game 12, 2 p.m. Volunteer (elimination game)
Wed., Aug. 25
Game 25 – Winner of Game 15 vs. Winner of Game 19, 4/6 p.m., Volunteer (possible elimination game)
Thur., Aug. 26
Game 27 – Winner of Game 25 vs. Loser of Game 25, 4/7 p.m., Lamade (if necessary/elimination game/winner of this game wins pool advancing to International title game)