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Chinese Taipei’s Yuan Fang Yi lays down a bunt against Curacao in the Asia-Pacific champions’ 13-2 win over the Latin American champions Thursday morning. Chinese Taipei faces Curacao again at 4 p.m. today in the Junior League World Series International Championship game at Heritage Park in Taylor. Goodlettsville, Tenn., (3-1) will play Rio Rico, Ariz., (3-1) for the USA Championship at 7 p.m. today.
TAYLOR — The final four teams are set in the Junior League Baseball World Series at Heritage Park. Chinese Taipei (4-0) will play Curacao (3-1) for the International Championship at 4 p.m. today. Goodlettsville, Tenn., (3-1) will play Rio Rico, Ariz., (3-1) for the USA Championship at 7 p.m. today.
The USA and International champions play for the World Championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The USA West champions from Arizona defeated Lafayette, La., 7-5 late Thursday night to earn the final spot in the USA title game. Arizona built a 7-3 lead through five innings and then held on as Lafayette (2-2) chipped away with two runs in the sixth, but couldn’t close the gap. Angel Chavez went 3-for-4, scored twice and knocked in three runs for the winners.
The USA Southeast champions from Goodlettsville had the day off and will be well rested for the USA championship game. Goodlettsville was a finalist in the 2012 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Two players from that team are on this year’s Junior League team.
The Asia-Pacific champions from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, completed their perfect four-game run in the International Pool with a 19-2 win over the Canadian national champions from Calgary, Alberta. Taoyuan, which scored 11 runs in the third inning, had 18 hits in the five-inning game, four each by Wang Wei An and Yeh Hsiu Hua.
It was the second win of the day for Taoyuan, which opened play with a 13-2 win over Curacao, the Latin America champions. The Asia-Pacific champs scored six runs in the second inning and three in the third, then coasted to the five-inning win. Chinese Taipei had just six hits, but benefited from seven walks and four Curacao errors. Yeh pitched a four-hitter to earn the victory. Feng Li Chung had four RBI.
Curacao secured its spot in the International Championship game with a 13-6 win over Brno, Czech Republic. The Latin America champs scored seven runs in the third inning. Nine Curacao players hit safely. Curacao had 14 hits and six walks. Czech Republic finished 2-2 in pool play.
Bedford, Ind., scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn an 11-9 roller coaster win over Massapequa, N.Y. Ronnie Watson’s two-run double was the key hit in the seventh. Massapequa had scored five unanswered runs to take a 9-8 lead into the seventh.
International Championship Game: Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei vs. Willemstad, Curacao, 4 p.m.
USA Championship Game: Goodlettsville, Tennessee vs. Rio Rico, Arizona, 7 p.m.
World Championship Game 2 p.m.
Games are played on World Series Field at Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road. Admission is $5 per day per carload.
The 33rd annual world tournament for 13- and 14-year-old ballplayers is the “older brother” of the more famous Little League World Series for 12-year-olds played in South Williamsport, Pa. When players turn 13 and 14, they can compete in Taylor.
Games are streamed on the Internet at www.justin.tv/jlws_mi. Fans also can follow the games at www.gamechanger.io. Search for “Junior League World Series.”
The World Series finale will be broadcast live by ESPN on its website www.ESPN3.com. The game will be replayed on television on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information on the Junior League World Series, go to www.cityoftaylor.com/worldseries or follow all year long on Facebook at www.facebook.com/juniorleagueworldseries.