Monday, June 09, 2008

Yu-Shan Cup Brief...

Yu-Shan Cup:

The Final 6

What was once 18 teams has now been whittled down to a field of 6 in the Yu-Shan Cup. The remaining teams are:

1)Taoyuan County
2)Taitung County
3)Kaohsiung City
4)Tainan City
5)Yilan County
6)Taipei County (Ban-Chiao)

One of the tourney pre-faves - Taichung City was knocked out early - as noted by Jackson over at EWC (EWC also has a nice interview explaining where the hell Bears slugger Gary Burnham is - read more here).

I'll be shocked if Wei-Da Su (barring injury), who was on the Taichung City roster, is not selected to the junior NT.

Taipei County (team's roster is entirely from Ku-Pao HS), the odds-on-favorite to win it all, is looking to avenge a poor showing in the Taiwan Cup and play like it did when they won the 2007 National HS Wood Bat Tourney.

*In other news, NT coach Hong will be on a whirlwind tour throughout the US this month through July to check out how the kids are doing stateside. His tentative schedule was released by the CTBA:
6/15 - Arrive in Los Angeles
6/16 - Check out Chin-Hui Tsao at a rehab center in LA
6/17-18 - Check out Chih-Hsien Chiang & Kuo-Hui Lo in Lancaster, CA (Mavs vs. Jethawks)
6/19 - Check out Yung-Chi Chen (& now Chin-Lung Hu) in Las Vegas, NV (51's vs. Rainiers)
6/20-22 - Check out Ching-Lung Lo in Tulsa, OK (Drillers vs. Cardinals)
6/23-24 - Check out Hong-Wen Chen in Burlington, IA (Bees vs. Chiefs)
6/25-26 - Check out Chi-Hung Cheng & Po-Hsuan Keng in Lansing, MI (Lugnuts vs. Loons)
6/27-29 - Check out Sung-Wei Tseng in Akron, OH (Aeros vs. Phillies) - (Does coach know something we don't? Last time I checked, Tseng was struggling in Kinston, NC)
6/30-7/1 - Check out Po-Yu Lin in Hagerstown, MD (Suns vs. Blue Claws)
7/2-3 - Check out Che-Hsuan Lin in Greenville, SC (Drive vs. Sand Gnats)
7/4-5 - Check out Yen-Wen Kuo & Chun-Hsiu Chen in Tampa, FL (Winter Haven/Sarasota)
7/6 - Leave Tampa, FL for Holland (to watch the collegiate NT compete in the Haarlem Baseball Week Tournament)

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