Thursday, July 31, 2008

2008 IBA Boys and Junior World Champs.....

12 and under Champs

A team from Taipei County won the recently completed 26th annual boys IBA (International Boys Baseball Nankyu Baseball Association) World Championship (use of a rubber ball with a hollow air center). The tourney for players 12 and under ran from July 26th-28th.
Bracketed with a team from Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines, the kids from Taiwan managed to win all of their preliminary games. Then in the final round, Taiwan beat China 10-0 in its opening game before defeating a team from Mexico 5-0 in the semifinals. Taiwan beat Edogawa, Japan in the championship game 10-0. Taiwan won its last title in 2006.

15 and under Champs

Taiwan also sent a representative to participate in the 5th annual junior IBA World Championships (for players 15 and under). The tourney ran from the 27th-29th of July. The team won its pool and then proceeded to beat two teams from Japan in the semifinals (4-2) and finals (1-0) to win its third championship in this event.

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