Sun gives Chines Taipei reason to cheer

During the home run derby portion of the skills competition that opened the Pony League World Series last Friday, Chinese Taipei outfielder Sun Yi Lei was emotionless.

As he hit several long home runs that landed near an auxiliary road on a hillside beyond the right-field fence, Sun never watched the baseballs leave Lew Hays Pony Field.

Sun, a lefty hitter, belted a tiebreaking solo homer with one out in the top of the seventh inning that gave Chinese Taipei a 5-4 victory and a spot in tonight’s championship game.

Chinese Taipei had only four hits in the game off Tarnoci and Youngstown starter Anthony Miller, but the Asia-Pacific Zone champion was able to produce enough offense to erase deficits of 2-1 and 4-2.

After Nick Leasure walked, Luca Bertolasio hit a grounder that went under the glove of the Chinese Taipei shortstop and allowed Fornataro to score.

Chinese Taipei pulled to within 4-3 in the fourth on a walk to Hsu Shad Yu, two stolen bases by pinch-runner Hu Jui Hsun and an RBI single by Liu Chen Wei.

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