HS Wood Bat Tourney:
-Ping-Zhen rallied for 2 runs in the top of the 9th to defeat Da-Li 3-2. PZHS relievers Hsien-Ting Peng (2.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 K's, 0 BB's), Ming-Jie Lu (2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K's, 1 BB) and Hao-Chun Chiu (2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 K's, 0 BB's - earned the W) combined to shut down Da-Li after it scored 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning. Teammate RF-2B Chi-Tang Pan was 3-3 with a 2B, 3B, SB, and a RBI.
-Shi-Yuan won 5-1 over San-Hsin HS. SYHS 2B-3B Chu Lin was 3-4 with 2 doubles and a RBI.
3B Chia-Ming Huang was 1-4 for SHHS.
-Qiang-Shu defeated San-Min 8-1. QS starter Chi-Hao Yang threw a CG (9 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 8 K's, 2 BB's) to pick up his second win of the tourney. Teammate RF Wei-Sen Yang was 3-5 with 4 RBI.
-Ku-Pao narrowly defeated Hualien PE HS 2-1. KP pitcher Chie Pan earned the win (9 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 8 K's, 2 BB's) while Hualien starter Chung-Cheng Chiang was the hard-luck loser (CG - 9 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 11 K's, 5 BB's). For Ku-Pao, SS Wei-Chen Wang was 1-4 while 2B Yu-Hsiang Chen was 2-4 with a double. For Hualien, 2B Kai-Wen Cheng was 2-4 with a RBI.
*Yung-Chi Chen will not be participating in the WBC. In other NT news, HC Yeh has said that he won't take any player who will not be participating in the Australian training session onto the WBC team.
The Hanshin Tigers signed their top pick, Yi-Jie Hsiao to a huge signing bonus (the largest for an overseas player since Ching-Lung Lo - US/Chih-Chia Chang - Japan) - 90 million yen (~$973 K USD). His annual salary for 2009 will be 13 million yen ($140.5 K USD). Hsiao is taking aim of Seibu great Kaku Taigen's (Tai-Yuan Kuo) record of 117 career NPB wins.
*The only way for the CPBL to entice Tsao to stay home and play is to offer a salary comparitive to what President Lions RHP Wei-Lun Pan is making right now (roughly 6 million NT a year - which translates to $179 K USD).