Game 8
 vs. Asia 18
Saturday, August 21, 2004
6:00PM ET

They’re baaaaaaaaack!!
14-run first too much for Poland

By David Graham-Caso

Welcome back to Williamsport, Chinese Taipei.

After a seven-year sabbatical from the Little League World Series, a team from Taiwan, Chinese Taipei returns to South Williamsport in 2004. Of the 21 times that a Chinese Taipei team has traveled to Williamsport, a Taiwanese team has reached the World Series Championship game 19 times. They have won the World Championship a record 17 times.

The Shou-Tien Little League from Kaosiung, Taiwan wasted no time showing the rest of the teams staying in the International Grove that they should expect the same dominance that Chinese Taipei teams exerted in the Little League World Series.

“After seven years we finally fought our way back to the World Series,” Taiwan manager Cheng Ying-Chun said through interpreter George Chen. “Chinese-Taipei has a very good tradition of winning in the Little League World Series, and that has not happened for a long time.

“We want to continue that tradition,” Ying-Chun continued.

Nineteen batters came to the plate for Taiwan in the top of the first inning and scored 14 runs before taking to the outfield. The Asia Regional Champs went on to defeat Kutno, Poland 18-0.

Polish starter Pawel Agacki had troubles trying to get the first three outs of the game. Agacki walked seven batters and gave up six base hits in the 14-run inning. The Polish defense did not help Agacki much, committing three errors in that frame.

The Polish defense settled down after the chaotic first inning. Taiwan notched a pair of runs in the second and one run apiece in the third and fourth frames.

“I was not nervous at all about this game,” Ying-Chun said. “I told my players to relax and to have fun. We next face Canada and Panama, and those games have much more importance.”

Taiwan next faces Canada in Monday’s nightcap at Lamade Stadium. Poland attempts to rebound against Panama Sunday at 4 p.m.

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Photography by Caroline Connolley

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