Well, assuming Taiwan takes care of business against last-place South Africa tomorrow, the NT has pretty much secured a ticket to Beijing along with South Korea and Canada.
Taiwan defeated a young but talented Australian squad 5-0 behind a gem from Chien-Fu Yang. Proving his worthiness of staff ace, Yang threw a CG shutout, allowing only 4 hits to go along with 6 K's. On offense, Taiwan did most of its damage in the 2nd inning on the strength of 5 hits and an error. After Kuo-Hui Lo and Chih-Sheng Lin led off the inning with back-to-back singles, Yi-Chuan Lin would advance both runners 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt. Catcher Chun-Chang Yeh then singled in Kuo-Hui Lo. The next batter, Yen-Wen Kuo would reach on a FC with Yeh being forced out at second. A botched throw from the Australian SS would allow Chih-Sheng Lin to score on the same play. Back-to-back doubles by OF's Chien-Ming Chang and Che-Hsuan Lin would complete the scoring in the inning.
The NT would score its final run in the 7th on a WP.
Other winners on the day included South Korea, Canada, and Mexico.
Following tomorrow's game with S.A., Taiwan will then play for national pride against regional power and currently undefeated South Korea on Friday. South Korea will be matched up against Canada in the marquee game of tomorrow.