Chinese Taipei concluded a two-week World Baseball Classic warm-up trip to the Gold Coast in Australia with an exhibition game against reigning Australian Baseball League champion Brisbane Bandits on Tuesday. Chinese Taipei won 5-4 against the Bandits. The game was broadcasted live with 350.000 people tuned in.
Baseball Australia Chief Operating Officer Justin Drew was excited to host the Taiwanese team. “It was an honour to host one of the best teams in world baseball,” Drew said. “The tour was met with a fantastic response from the local community, and it further enhanced the relationship between Australian and Taiwanese baseball. A special thankyou must go to the Gold Coast City Council for their continued support. Thanks also must go to the Brisbane Bandits, Baseball Queensland and the Windsor Royals Baseball Club, for their cooperation and professionalism to ensure the smooth delivery of this event.”
Chinese Taipei faces the Netherlands, Israel and Korea during first-round play at the 2017 WBC in Seoul, South Korea.