GARY, Ind. -- Danville, Calif., has accomplished what only two other teams have been able to do in the past nine years at the Senior Little League World Series.
The Western U.S. champion Monday night knocked off a team from Taiwan, beating Tipei, 3-1, in the opening round of the eight-team double-elimination competition.
The loss was only the third for a Taiwan team in the tourney, which the Southeast Asian country has won nine straight years.
Aruba, Venezuela, beat Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, 3-2, in the second opening night game that went 10 innings.
Three games were scheduled today with Taiwan returning to action against Canada in the first of two afternoon contests. The other will match Shape, Belgium, against Georgetown, Del., while Fort Meyers, Fla., tests Taylor, Mich., in the nightcap.
All runs in Danville's win over Taiwan were unearned. Mike Deich singled in the first run after an error in the fifth inning. The hit was the first off Tipei starter Kuo Cheng-Cheng. A walk, a single by Mike Meyers and an error on a ground ball by Jeff Singer with two outs produced the winning runs in the seventh inning.
Cheng-Cheng gave up just the two singles.
Mike Meyers was the winner, tossing a five hitter. The only run was on a single by Yeng Cheng-Chiu in the fifth frame.
Ruberto Millard doubled in the 10th inning to drive in the winning run for Aruba, the Latin American champion. Winning pitcher was Eduard Andrews while the loss went to Dean Clark.