2009 Asian Championship
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The 2009 Asian Championship was held from July 27 through August 3, 2009 in Sapporo, Japan. The Level B consisted of Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Japan, with the winner facing Chinese Taipei, People's Republic of China and South Korea in the Level A round. The top six teams qualified for the 2010 Asian Games. Japan won its fourth straight Asian Championship.
Taiwan's roster consists of Wen-Yang Liao, Chen-Hua Lin, Chih-Lung Huang, Yu-Ching Lin, Ching-Ming Wang, Yi-Cheng Wang, Chu-Chien Hsu, Ming-Chin Lee, Kun-Sheng Lin, Hung-Yu Lin, Hsin-Min Wang, Han Lin, Chih-Hsiang Lin, Po-Yu Lo, Kuo-Min Lin, Ming-Jen Kuo, Chia-Hao Chang, Chih-Hao Chang, Tsung-Chun Wu and Keng-Wei Lin. They are managed by Chih-Hsien Yeh with coaches Wei-Cheng Chen, Taigen Kaku and Jung-Tang Kang.
China is managed by Jiao Yi with coaches Tai-Chuan Chiang, Jinsheng Zhang and Kosuke Matsuoka. Their roster consists of Jiangang Lu, Changlong Su, Wanjun Zhang, Ziliang Li, ?, Wenming Li, Kai Wang, Zhenwang Zhang, Min Ren, Fenglian Hou, Guogang Yang, Yunlong Xu, Jianzhong Liu, Yubin Luo, Zhicheng Liu, Chao Wang, Mengzhao Peng, ? and ?.
Japan is managed by Yasuhiko Sugimoto with coaches Etsuro Sugawara, Tetsuya Okubo and Hiroyuki Sakaguchi. Their team has the following players: Tomoyuki Sugano, Reo Moriyasu, Yodai Enoshita, Masahiro Inui, Hirokazu Sawamura, Nao Higashihama, Kazuhito Futagami, Yusuke Nomura, Yuhei Nakaushiro, Kenji Suzuki, Go Yamaoka, Sho Ueno, Komei Sawamura, Shiro Mori, Kentaro Miyazawa, Tsutomo Sasaki, Kenichi Yokoyama, Hisayoshi Chono, Takashi Ogino, Keiji Ikebe, Ikuhiro Kiyota and Sho Aranami.
- July 27:
- July 28:
- July 29:
Japan advances to the second round with a 3-0 record. The Philippines (2-1) and Thailand (1-2) qualify for the 2010 Asian Games. Indonesia (0-3) goes home empty.
- August 1:
- August 2:
- South Korea 8, People's Republic of China 1
- Japan 6, Chinese Taipei 5 - Ikuhiro Kiyota hits his 3rd homer of the tourney, a 2-run job. Chu-Chien Hsu gives up 3 runs in the first two innings. Ming-Jen Kuo delivers a solo home run for Taiwan. In the 10th, PH Yoshinobu Kotegawa doubles in the winner against Ching-Ming Wang.
- August 3:
Japan wins the Gold Medal. Taiwan wins Silver and South Korea Bronze.
 Final Standings
- Japan, 6-0
- Chinese Taipei, 2-1
- South Korea, 1-2
- People's Republic of China, 0-3
- Philippines, 2-1 (round 1)
- Thailand, 1-2 (round 1)
- Indonesia, 0-3 (round 1)
 Round One
- MVP: Hisayoshi Chono, Japan
- Best Players: Reo Moriyasu (JPN), Yodai Enoshita (JPN), Darwin dela Calzada (PHI), Ruben Angeles (PHI), Jonash Ponce (PHI), Krissada Heebthong (THA), Teerasak Kongsabai (THA), Ahmed Effendy (IND), Adi Susanto (IND)
 Round Two
- MVP: Ikuhiro Kiyota, Japan
- Best Average: Ikuhiro Kiyota, Japan .600
- Best ERA: Wen-Yang Liao, Taiwan
- Most Strikeouts: Yusuke Nomura, Japan 10
- Most RBI: Chung-Chun Wu, Taiwan 7
- Most HR: Chung-Chun Wu, Taiwan 2
- Fighting Spirits Award: Yubin Luo, China
- C: Tae-won Lee, Korea
- 1B: Tsutomu Sasaki, Japan
- 2B: Ming-Jen Kuo, Taiwan
- SS: Han Lin, Taiwan
- 3B: Kentaro Miyazawa, Japan
- OF: Ikuhiro Kiyota, Japan
- OF: Chung-Chun Wu, Taiwan
- OF: Hang-yong Im, Korea
- DH: Hung-Yu Lin, Taiwan
- RHP: Tomoyuki Sugano, Japan
- LHP: Yoon-ji Woong, Korea