Tournament play in Group B of the second Premier12 baseball championship will start on the fifth. This year's tournament is especially important because Chinese Taipei will have to end up ranked higher than South Korea and Australia to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
It's out to left field. This one is gone!
During the inaugural Premier12 tournament in 2015, Lin Chih-sheng scored a three-run hit on Cuba. The second Premier12 tournament will open on the 5th with a Tokyo Olympics berth at stake.
First, they have to make the second round of the tournament. If there is another team from Asia or Oceania like South Korea or Australia still in the tournament at that time, the team with the most points from the earlier round will get the Olympic berth.
Six teams will compete for gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with host Japan automatically getting a berth. Two teams will qualify through Premier12, including the top teams from the Americas and Asia or Oceania. The other three teams will be decided next year. If Chinese Taipei, South Korea and Australia all fail to make it to the second round of Premier12, another qualifying tournament will be held immediately.
Taiwan, Australia and South Korea will take part in an Olympic qualifier at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium from Nov. 12 to 14.
If Chinese Taipei can't take advantage of either of these opportunities, it can fight for the final spot in a world final qualification tournament next March. The final six will include Japan, two teams from the Americas, one team from either Europe or Africa, and the highest seeded Asian team. The two teams that fail to qualify and the highest-seeded Oceania team will fight for the final spot. One analyst says the teams that play for the final spot can't be overlooked, and Chinese Taipei's top opponent could be the Netherlands.