Taiwan rout Japan 9-0 to win 21U World Cup


TAIPEI — An energetic Taiwan team routed Japan 9-0 to capture the first ever 21U Baseball World Cup title Sunday night in Taichung.

Rarely more impressive in a pressure-packed international game, Taiwan scored three runs in the second, two in the fourth, and two more in the seventh and the eighth, while starter Kuo Chun-lin (���T��) completely shut down a potent Japanese lineup over seven innings. Yang Tai-chun (������) had four hits and two RBIs for Taiwan, and Lee Tsung-hsien and Wang Po-jung also drove in two runs apiece for a Taiwanese team that pounded out 13 hits on the night. Kuo, who pitched Taiwan to a pivotal victory over South Korea earlier in the tournament, was playing his final game as an amateur. He recently signed a contract to play for the Seibu Lions in Japan’s professional league next year.