Rio Rico falls to Taiwan in World Series championship

2013-08-18T00:00:00Z Rio Rico falls to Taiwan in World Series championshipArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Rio Rico's run through the Junior League Baseball World Series came to an end Saturday at the hands of a Taiwanese juggernaut.

Shin-Ming Little League scored four runs in the third inning and five runs in the fifth to beat Rio Rico 11-2 in the championship game held in Taylor, Mich.

Shin-Ming, the Asia Pacific Region's representative, outscored its opponents 75-7 in the weeklong tournament.

Rio Rico, the West's representative, scored both of its runs in the top of the sixth when Ricky Paredes Jr. hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 9-2.

Ralph Padilla had two hits for Rio Rico, and scored on Paredes' home run.

Rio Rico managed seven hits but committed four errors in the loss.

The game will be shown at 7 a.m. today on ESPN2.

Rio Rico went 3-1 in pool play before winning Friday night's U.S. final against Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Rio Rico's nine-run margin of the defeat was the second-lowest of any Shin-Ming opponent all week: The team beat its other foes 6-1, 15-0, 13-2, 19-2 and 11-0.

Paredes and Angel Chavez each had seven hits in six games at the World Series for Rio Rico.

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