WILLIAMSPORT, PA., AUG. 26 -- When it comes to playing Taiwan's talented group of 12-year-olds, most kids are out of their league.
Taiwan won its 14th Little League World Series in 17 appearances as Sun Chao Chi pitched a two-hitter and struck out 16 in a 9-0 victory today over Shippensburg, Pa.
In the first rain-delayed title game of the Little League championship, Sun struck out the first eight batters and drove in the game's first run.
"He probably had the best curveball we've seen and he could throw the fastball for strikes," Shippensburg Coach Glen Orndorff said. "He had us swinging at some bad pitches and that's not us. We didn't teach them that way. He had us doing it."
The game was held on a Sunday for the first time in the championship's 44-year history after two quarterfinals were postponed two days by rain.
Liu Chien Wen doubled in the first inning off Bobby Shannon and scored the only run Taiwan would need two pitches later when Sun singled to right. Taiwan added four runs each in the fourth and fifth innings as the Americans made five errors that led to four unearned runs.
Shippensburg didn't even hit the ball until the third when Gregg Mellott reached on a bunt single after Chuck Halter walked. After Taiwan attempted to draw the runners off base with a hidden-ball play, David Orndorff grounded into a fielder's choice.