The Chinese Taipei National 2008 Olympic softball team brought high-level women's fast-pitch softball to Bellevue Wednesday, with a couple of exhibition matches against a local all-star team.
The doubleheader at Hidden Valley Sports Park offered area residents the opportunity to see one of eight softball teams that will compete in next year's Olympics in Beijing. For the exhibition matches, Chinese Taipei, which hails from Taiwan, took on a group of top current and former college-level softball players from around the region.
One of the world powers in women’s fast-pitch softball, Chinese Taipei went undefeated in 10 games against international competition to qualify for the Olympics, scoring 64 runs and giving up just 15. They beat New Zealand 8-0 and 9-7 in a best-of-three final of the Asia/Oceania tournament.
The event was sponsored by Mark Anderton, of Anderton Sports, who coordinated the team's appearance in Bellevue and recruited the players for the opposing team. An anonymous sponsor donated $3,000 to help the team with lodging expenses, and the City of Bellevue is a co-sponsor, providing the field and other resources.
Following the game in Bellevue, Chinese Taipei headed to Vancouver, B.C., to participate in the Canada Cup tournament.
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