The winless South African squad gave the NT a run for its money as the S.A. pitching staff limited the NT's offense to only 5 hits. Thankfully for the NT, a few of those knocks were extra-base hits as Chih-Hsien Chiang hit his first HR of the tourney, and Kuo-Hui Lo tripled in another run. SP Chien-Ming Chiang threw 6 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits to go along with 6 K's and 2 BB's.
With the win, the NT has officially secured a berth alongside South Korea and Canada. Canada beat SK today, giving SK its first blemish on a previously undefeated record. Other winners on the day included Australia and Mexico.
Chih-Chia Chang is a possible starter for tomorrow's final game against South Korea. The game has no implications on qualifying for the Olympics, but national pride is at stake here.
Conspiracy Theory? - Jon Deeble, the HC of the Australian squad, insists that there was a conspiracy by the "Asian" countries to ensure that Australia did not qualify.
Yung-Chi Chen was assigned by the Mariners to the AAA Tacoma Rainiers team.