HS Wood Bat Tourney:
The semis were played today with Ku-Pao winning 1-0 over Gao-Nong and Nan-Ying defeating Shi-Yuan 6-4.
In Nan-Ying's win, starter Chia-Liang Hung picked up the win after allowing 4 unearned runs over 8.2 innings - he also needed 157 pitches! NY 3B Fu-Lin Kuo was 2-5 with a RBI while teammate DH Wei-Yu Lai was 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
Ku-Pao relied on lefty ace Kuan-Yu Chen to pick up the key win - he threw 9 shutout innings (5 H, 8 K's, 3 BB's). Reliever Chun-Lung Chang saved the game for KP, he also drove in the game's only run (2-4 with a 2B and RBI). Teammate SS Wei-Chen Wang was 0-4. Gao-Nong reliever Wei-Da Su earned the loss (and was 0-3 at the plate).
Ku-Pao, the defending champs, will face Nan-Ying in a best of 3 series starting tomorrow the 12th and running through the 14th (if necessary). The winner of the series between the two powerhouses will be crowned the 2008 champs.
In the consolation bracket: Ping-Zhen defeated Chung-Dao 6-4. Ming-Chie Lin started for CD and earned a ND after allowing 3 runs on 3 hits over 2 IP (3 K's, 1 BB). CD SS Hung-Hsiang Pan was 2-5 with a double and 2 SB. PZ SS Hao-Chun Chiu was 2-4 with a RBI.
Ping-Zhen will play Mei-Ho today for 5th place in the tourney. Mei-Ho defeated Qiang-Shu 3-2 in 11 innings. Although he earned a ND, MH starter Wen-Hao Cheng allowed only 1 run on 7 hits over 9 IP - he also had 14 K's and 1 BB. MH SS Chih-Fang Pan was 2-5 with 2 RBI while 2B Hung-Jen Yen was 3-4 with 2 2B's.
Qiang-Shu and Chung-Dao will play for 7th place.
-The athletic department prefers that the CPBL will continue to push for the current minor league system rather than a national-military training team.
-In the college cup, Fu-Jen University won. FJU starter Wai-Jen Cheng threw a CG shutout - allowing 5 H, K'ing 7, and walking 4. Chiayi University was also victorious.
-Five La New Bears will be receiving raises for next year: P Wen-Hsiung Hsu, C Feng-Min Chen, OF Long-Yi Huang, IF Chih-Wei Shih, and OF Chien-Wei Tsai.
-Meiji University beat Taiwan Power 8-3.