Team USA led from start to finish in its group-A match-up with Chinese Taipei. It started its scoring in the top of the first inning when Keenan Thompson had an RBI single to score Riley Unroe. The U.S. would add on to its 1-0 lead in the top of the second when it scored seven runs on six hits. The inning began with four consecutive hits by Arden Pabst, Willie Abreu, Matt Vogel, and Bryson Brigman. Later in the inning, Austin Meadows would smash a double down the right field line to begin a two-out rally that ultimately gave Team USA an 8-0 lead.
Chinese Taipei would shave a couple of runs off of the lead in the next half inning cutting the lead to six, 8-2. However, that would be as close as it got the rest of the way because in the top of the third the U.S. added four more runs to increase its lead to 12-2. In the half inning, it had five base runners including a double by Brigman.
In the fifth inning, the two teams would each score three runs a piece to make it 15-5. Zack Collins had an RBI triple to finish the scoring in the inning for the U.S. Team USA would go on to win by mercy rule by scoring pair of runs in its final two innings to make the lead 19-5 before a lone run in the bottom of the seventh by Chinese Taipei would make it the final score of 19-6.
Matt Vogel Received the win for the U.S. going four innings on the mound while only giving up two hits and one earned run. Yu C. Chang took the loss for Chinese Taipei. Leading the U.S. team at the plate was Meadows and Brigman. Meadows went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored while Brigman also went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and four runs scored.
PERFECT START: Bryson Brigman did not start the first game for the U.S., but after coming in as a sub in the first game, he did not make an out at the plate until his eighth plate appearence going 7-for-7 with six runs scored and three RBIs.
RBI MACHINE: Austin Meadows had seven RBIs in his first game in pool play and added three more in game two to bring his total for the tournament up to 10.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Despite having 19 runs on 21 hits and three walks, Team USA left only six runners on base, two less than Chinese Taipei left on base.
PARDON MY LANGUAGE: In Group A, the five teams speak four languages: Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil), Taiwanese (Chinese Taipei), and English (Australia and the United States).
ON DECK: Team USA will continue with pool play in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico on Monday. It will face the host country, Mexico at 8:00 p.m. ET. Both teams are undefeated in pool play.