The final 4 is taking shape in the HS Wood Bat Tourney.
Kao-Yuan is in the final 4 after a come-from-behind 7-2 win today. Inheriting a 2 run deficit, Kao-Yuan reliever Chao-Wei Yu threw 9 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits while K'ing 12 & walking 5 batters.
Kao-Yuan received another dominating pitching performance from lefty Sheng-Nan Chen on Tuesday. Chen threw a CG 1 hit shutout (9 K's, 2 BB's) in leading his team to a 4-0 win. The '09 junior NT member was clocked at a high of 90 mph.
Also punching its own ticket to the final 4 was Tung-Shih HS. Tung-Shih was able to earn its first ever F4 appearance after defeating Mei-Ho 5-1 today. Chi-Yu Tsai picked up his 3rd win of the tourney, throwing a CG - allowing 1 run on 2 hits.
Tung-Shih and Kao-Yuan will play each other in the semifinals.
The remaining 4 teams fighting for a spot in the final 4 are:
1)Ku-Pao vs. Shi-Yuan
2)Gao-Nong vs. Chung-Dao
These 4 teams will face off tomorrow (17th).
One time NT star Chih-Chia Chang is no longer employed by the Bears. Read more on the topic.
So far all of the high profile names previously mentioned have come under intense scrutiny and are no longer in the CPBL. We'll have to wait and see what the deal is with Bulls slugger Chia-Hsien Hsieh.
Speaking of the Bulls, CPBL ROY/MVP Yi-Chuan Lin received a 100% raise. He'll make 220,000 NT/month (~$6,800 USD) in 2010. Fellow Bulls rookie and 10 game winner - RHP Ko-Chien Lin also received a hefty raise (110 K NT/mo in '09 > 180 K NT/mo in '10).
There are 6 teams (3 from the NL and 3 from the AL) interested in CMW. One of those teams is the Mets.