One year ago: New $130m home of Youth U-12 Baseball World Cup opens in Tainan, Taiwan

One year ago: New $130m home of Youth U-12 Baseball World Cup opens in Tainan, Taiwan
20/07/2020
Less than one week after the stadium inauguration, the venue hosted the fifth edition of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup. Tainan will be the site where the next four U-12 World Champions are crowned.

World Baseball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari officially opened the Tainan Asia-Pacific International Baseball Stadium and Training Centers in Tainan, Taiwan, on 20 July 2019.

The complex, a first-of-its-kind facility designed specifically for the U-12 age bracket and to host the U-12 Baseball World Cup, was built at a cost of US$130 million.

Less than one week after the opening, Japan outscored the Czech Republic, while Venezuela went double digits to shut out Italy to open the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup 2019.

The hosts Chinese Taipei claimed the U-12 World Title, ending a three-edition dominance by the USA. Despite suffering a 7-4 loss to Japan in group play, Chinese Taipei shut-out the same opponents, 4-0, in the final

Chen Kai Sheng earned the win limiting Japan to three hits during five innings of work while striking out five. He also helped himself with two hits, two runs scored and one run batted in from the number seven spot of the lineup.

“I am really excited,” said Chen through an interpreter at the end of the game “It is the very first championship I win since I started playing baseball two years ago.”

The final was played on 4 August 2019, in front of a sellout crowd of over 8,000. Chen was named the MVP of the U-12 Baseball World Cup.

The Asia-Pacific International Baseball Stadium in Tainan will host the next four editions of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.