The agony of defeat: Taiwan defeated by US in U-12 baseball world cup final

Taiwanese baseball players cry after suffering 7-2 defeat to Team USA in U-12 baseball world cup final

Taiwanese players cry after losing to US in U12 Baseball World Cup final. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan took the silver medal after a disappointing loss to their American rivals in the WBSC U12 Baseball World Cup, which was held on their home turf in Tainan yesterday.

Yesterday's final was held in front of a sellout crowd at Tainan's 11,000 seat stadium on Sunday night, and resulted in a 7-2 victory for Team USA, leaving the Taiwanese team dejected after having to settle for second place for the third time in a row. 

Team USA struck first in the third inning, with a three-run home run followed by another solo home run later in the inning to take a 4-0 lead. 

Taiwan countered with a two runs in the bottom of the fourth, to make the score 4-2. 

In the top of the fifth, Team USA batted in a run and then piled on two more after the Taiwanese pitcher committed an error in a failed attempt at picking off an American runner, resulting in a score of 7-2. 

Taiwan tried to mount a comeback with loaded bases in the bottom of the fifth, but they were unable to capitalized on the opportunity.

On the final out of the game, Team USA players leaped onto each other to form a dog pile the center of the infield, while the Taiwanese players wept as they bowed to the home crowd.

Launched in 2011, the WBSC U12 Baseball World Cup is held every two years and consists of national teams of players aged 11 to 12 years-old from a dozen countries. This fielding of national teams differs from other international youth competitions which are comprised of local clubs, such as the Little League World Series. 

Taiwan won took gold in the inaugural competition in 2011, but has had to settle for silver the three times the U.S. team has taken part in the tournament. 

The game in its entirety can be seen here: