Elite Golden Dragon Cup (HS):
Playing tomorrow (the 3rd) in the championship game of the inaugural Elite Golden Dragon Cup (HS competition) are traditional powerhouses Kao-Yuan and Ku-Pao. Kao-Yuan squeaked by Nan-Ying 6-5 in one semifinal while Ku-Pao shutout Shi-Yuan 5-0 in the other semi.
There's an interesting story in the Liberty Times about two young prospects on the Kao-Yuan squad. Their family names are Pan & Lo.
15 year old (DOB: 5/26/94) Wei-Cheng Pan is the younger brother of Lions star RHP Wei-Lun Pan. The RHP/1B stands in at 5'11.
His teammate is Kuo-Lin Lo, the younger brother (youngest of 4 bros) of Mariners farmhand Kuo-Hui Lo. Lo, 16 (DOB: 1/2/93), is the cleanup hitter on the squad. The 5'10" youngster earned All-Star honors as the top DH in this past year's Yu-Shan Cup.
Both youngsters aspire to play in the US when all is said and done. In fact, WC Pan's brother has already advised his younger brother to go overseas, should the opportunity arise - not a very strong endorsement for the CPBL from one of the league's top stars.
In the 3rd place game are HS perennial powers: Shi-Yuan and Nan-Ying.
The winner of the tourney will receive a Mizuno pitching machine.