Perfect game makes Taipei 2-0; four more games Tuesday in the Junior League World Series

TAYLOR, MICHIGAN – The games of the 30th annual Junior League World Series continue Tuesday at Taylor’s Heritage Park.

The World Series features the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old players – it’s the big brother of the Little League World Series for 12-year-olds in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday is day two of the series. Four games are played each day through Thursday, followed by the International and USA championship games at 5 and 8 p.m. Friday and the world championship game at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The title game will be televised live on ESPN2.

Admission is $5 per carload per day or $10 for the entire series. Both prices include parking. Heritage Park is located at 12111 Pardee Road. Games are played on World Series Field.

Tonight’s games include a battle between the unbeaten USA Southwest champs from Texas and the Southeast champs from Virginia.

Tuesday’s schedule
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada vs. Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, 11 a.m.
Jeffersonville, Indiana vs. Freehold Township, New Jersey, 2 p.m.
Kirovograd Center/Rivne, Ukraine vs. Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, 5 p.m.
Tyler, Texas vs. Mechanicsville, Virginia, 8 p.m.

Monday’s highlights
Three pitchers combined on a perfect game to give Chinese Taipei a 13-0 victory over Kirovograd Center/Rivne, Ukraine, in the 30th annual Junior League World Series on Tuesday at Taylor’s Heritage Park. It was the second win for the Asia-Pacific champions in the World Series for the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old players. Wei Cheng Liao, Kai Yen Chang and Tzu Wei Lin retired the minimum 15 Ukraine batters in order, striking out six. The game was stopped after Ukraine batted in the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule. Chun Yen hit a first-inning grand slam for Chinese Taipei. Lin knocked in three runs and scored three times. Kai Yen Chang and Kai Haian Yang each knocked in two runs. The Taipei City all-stars became the first team to win its first two games. It was the first loss for the European champs from Ukraine (1-1).

Teams from Virginia, Guatemala and Indiana also got into the winners’ column Tuesday. Solo home runs by Jonathan Sheppard and Adam Boyle were the difference in Mechanicsville, Virginia’s 4-2 victory over Freehold Township, New Jersey. It was the series opener for the USA Southeast champions; the East champs from New Jersey fell to 0-2. New Jersey scored the first two runs in the ballgame. Christopher Talbott’s sacrifice fly scored Alfredo Molina in the first. And Robert Roth singled home Talbott in the third. Indiana came back with one run in each of the third through sixth innings. Sheppard’s homer cut the lead in half in the third. Sheppard singled and eventually scored on an error in the fifth. And Boyle homered in the sixth. Relief pitcher Cody Powers picked up the win after allowing just two hits over 3 1/3 innings.

The Latin American champions from Guatemala City, Guatemala, won a wild 7-6 game over Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. The winners scored seven times in the sixth inning – all unearned runs, thanks to four Mexico errors. A bases-loaded error led to three runs. Mexico came back with four runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. Oswaldo Martinez hit a three-run homer and David Gonzalez hit a solo shot, but Mexico fell short, leaving the bases loaded as the game ended. The end contrasted the pitchers’ dual between Mexico’s Julio Alvarado and Guatemala’s Jesus Gonzalez over the first 3½ innings. In the fourth, Mexico strung four singles together and Gaston Villasenor scored off a Jose Suchit Texas League single to right. The top of the sixth was Mexico’s nightmare. Guatemala’s Carlos Estevez reached second on a wind-aided ground rule double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error. Another error and a Juan Montes single scored Alvarado. Mexico’s third error of the inning and a walk plated Jose Valls. With the bases loaded, a tricky pop up off the bat of Pablo Chacoj to short centerfield was mishandled, clearing the bases. Estevez’s double scored Chacoj to make it 7-1. Homers by Mexico’s Martinez and David Gonzalez made it 7-5. Suchit singled with the bases loaded to score Javier Villasenor. But that’s as close as it got. David Gonzalez was the winning pitcher. Teammate Estevez went 3-for-4. Guatemala evened its record at 1-1. Mexico is 0-1.

After losing their first game of the summer, the USA Central champions from Jeffersonville, Indiana, returned to their winning ways by stunning the West champs from El Monte, California, 11-3. El Monte took a brief 3-2 lead on a Nicholas Brown homer, but Indiana came back with seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sending 11 batters to the plate, Jeffersonville got doubles from Dorian Noel and Hayden Robb, singles by Nick Thompson and Chandler Dale and walks by Drew Ellis and Dalton Duley. Indiana also took advantage of two errors and two wild pitches. Indiana’s Josh Burke turned in a solid 65-pitch performance over six innings to earn the win. Duley pitched the seventh, striking out two. Dale wound up with three RBIs. Each team stranded eight runners in the game and both are now 1-1 in the USA Pool.

Pool Play Standings

USA Pool
Texas 1-0
Virginia 1-0
California 1-1
Indiana 1-1
New Jersey 0-2

International Pool
Chinese Taipei 2-0
Guatemala 1-1
Ukraine 1-1
Mexico 0-1
Canada 0-1

Looking ahead: Wednesday’s games

Kirovograd Center/Rivne, Ukraine vs. Guatemala City, Guatemala, 11 a.m.
Tyler, Texas vs. El Monte, California, 2 p.m.
Jeffersonville, Indiana vs. Mechanicsville, Virginia, 5 p.m.
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada vs. Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, 8 p.m.

From Taylor to Superstardom
A number of Junior League World Series players have gone on to become even more famous. At least 11 players went on to play Major League baseball: Gary Sheffield, Brett Myers, Erik Bedard, Derek Bell, Jose and Javier Valentin, Erubial Durazo, Delino DeShields. Chad Hermanson, Shannon Withem and Adam Loewen. Others are University of Nebraska football Coach Bo Pelini, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and National Hockey League players Chris Dingman and Steve Reinprecht.

Need More Information?
The Junior League World Series website features up-to-date news throughout the World Series and a profile and rosters for each team. For information, visit www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries. The World Series also offers regular updates via the social networking site Facebook. Search for JLWS – Junior League World Series – Taylor Michigan.