Friday, June 23, 2006

Tourney Previews......

This summer and early fall, Taiwan will be sending out a number of national teams to different competitions in different age groups. Here are a few:

Children's, Youth, and Junior aged competitions:

Taiwan will attempt to qualify for the Little League World Series in July from the 22nd to the 30th in the Asian regional located in Hong Kong. The opponents standing in their way to Williamsport will be Japan and South Korea.

Taiwan will also be participating in the Pony Baseball competitions in several age categories - Bronco, Pony, and Palomino. The Asian regional qualifying tourneys will take place in late July to early August.

Several Asian regional championships for youth aged players (under 17 years of age) will also take place in August and September. One name to remember for the future, is star 16 year old pitcher: Yi-Hao Lin. Lin has already been clocked at 92 mph. Standing 6'1", and weighing 174 pounds, this kid will be heavily scouted in the next few years.

The World Junior "AAA" championships will take place September 17th to the 27th in Cuba. Taiwan will miss having 3 of it's best players: Chiang, Huang, and Lin, all age eligible, but who can not play because they are under a professional contract with the Red Sox. Some kids who are being considered for the junior NT include: pitcher Kai-Wen Cheng, pitcher Hung-Cheng Lai, and OF Kuo-Lung Lo - the younger brother of Mariner farmhand Kuo-Hui Lo.

Adult Tourneys:
The 3rd World University Baseball Championships will take place August 6th to the 16th in Cuba.

The 16th Intercontinental Cup will kick off in November. The competition will be held in Taiwan from the 9th to the 19th.

Players for these competitions will probably include:
P Sung-Wei Tseng
P Hong-Wen Chen
P Cheng-Lung Luo
OF Chun-Yu Kuo
OF Chien-Yu Kuo
OF Chih-Yao Chan

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