TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan captured the LLB Junior League Baseball World Series title by defeating the American team Pennsylvania in convincing fashion with a 12-1 win in Michigan on Sunday, making it the fifth year in a row that Taiwan has won the world title.
Taiwan's team, Asia-Pacific Shing-Ming from Taoyuan, got off to a quick lead in the first inning with a three-run home run by Lee Hao-yu (李灝宇). While Taiwan's offense was hitting on all cylinders, starting pitcher Chen Chih-chieh's (陳志杰) defense kept the American hitters at bay.
Leading 5-1 at the top of the fifth inning, Taiwan poured on seven hits, putting the game too far out of reach for the U.S. team and thus ending the match 12-1.
Despite being on the losing end of a lopsided game, the center fielder for Pennsylvania, Jack Regenye, had a spectacular individual play in which he caught the ball as he flipped completely over the fence and maintained control of the ball to force an out. The catch was so amazing and unusual that the umpires were bewildered as to the outcome of the play. It was initially ruled an out, and then overturned, and then finally returned to the original judgment.
Here is a look at the spectacular catch by the American outfielder:
This play from Pennsylvania's Jack Regenye in the Junior League World Series is the catch of the year. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/iNPmOtWU1q— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) 2017年8月20日
The Junior League World Series is an international tournament for ages 13-15 and is held annually in Taylor City, Michigan, where it has been hosted since the series' inception in 1981.
Lee Hao-yu hit a three-run home run in the game. (CNA image)