Chinese Taipei used Singapore as a warm-up match this afternoon in their Group B match when they trounced the Republic 15-2 in four innings, as their preparation for their crucial do-or-die match against favourites Japan tomorrow in the U18 Women Softball Asia Cup 2023 tournament at the Pingtan Softball Stadium.

Chinese Taipei head coach Kao Chun-Sheng briefing his players

Singapore was no match for Chinese Taipei, as the latter raced to 3 runs in the first inning and 12 in the second from 5 hits. Singapore stayed in the game when they managed 2 runs in the third inning to prevent a run ahead rule defeat.


The two runs was achieved after Singapore’s Japanese coach Aiko Nakamura appealed to Chinese umpire Wang  Fengjiao, who had earlier called for the two consecutive runs.

Umpire Wang Fengjiao receiving a pin fron Chinese Taipei player after the plate meeting before the start of the match against Singapore

However, after consulting with the other umpires, Wang had her decision reversed to the joy of the Singaporeans.


However, their joy was short lived, as as the game went into the fourth innings and with no runs on the top of fourth inning, the run ahead rule again applied for seven runs ahead for Chinese Taipei to win 15-2.

Singapore team before their match against Chinese Taipei

“We used this match against Singapore as a warm-up for our tough match against Japan tomorrow afternoon and tried out all our players,” said Chinese Taipei head coach Kao Chun-Sheng.


“I am happy with the performance today, but what really matters will be their performance against Japan.

Singapore regrouping

“Without doubt Japan is the favourite team for this tournament. Although we should finish among the top three to qualify for the World Cup, our concern is to beat Japan.”


Asked on his chances to beat Japan,  Kao simply said; “50-50.”

Singapore pitcher Caren Toh Xin Kai

Indeed, Chinese Taipei will be going all out to turn the tables on Japan, but it is not going to be an easy task, as Japan themselves have declared to emerge champions in this inaugural tournament.


The match is scheduled for 3.30pm tomorrow.

Chinese and Korean players greeting each other

In the final match of the evening, hosts China lined themselves for tougher encounters with an easy 10-0 win over Korea in their Group A match.

The Chinese team pose with school children after their victory over Korea

China head coach, Huang Weigang, said that he was very satisfied with his team’s performance against Korea, and it was a good start, but it was Japan and Chinese Taipei in Group B, he was more concerned over.

Chinese Softball Association secretary general Jimmy Zheng Lu gives a Hi-5 to Xi Meng Rui after making the ceremonial pitch before the match between China and Korea

China have Philippines and Hong Kong as their remaining opponents in their Group, which they should easily dispense off to top their Group.

High Flyers China

“Japan and Chinese Taipei will be the team to watch out, whom we will meet in the Super round. But we intend to make the final, book our World Cup berth and meet Japan in the final,” said Huang.

Korean team

“It is then that our real test will come.”


China play Philippines tomorrow evening.

The victorious Chinese team



Philippines 7 Hong Kong 0

India v Japan (match forfeited to Japan. India failed to show-up)

Singapore Chinese Taipei

China 10 Korea 0




8.30am India v Singapore

10.30am Hong Kong v Korea

3.30pm Japan v Chinese Taipei

5.30pm China v Philippines

U18 Women Softball Asia Cup 2023 (Pingtan Softball Stadium, Pingtan, China) – DAY 1 – Evening session