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Stephen Gonsalves of Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) pitched brilliantly.

Team USA 18U bounced back from an extra-innings loss to Canada to top Chinese Taipei 5-1 at the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships in South Korea on Wednesday.

Cavan Biggio came up big for Team USA in the win as he went 4-for-4 with an RBI for his best outing of the tournament. Reese McGuire had a pair of RBI in going 3-for-4 while Ryan Boldt and Dom Nunez each had two hits. William Abreu had an RBI.

Stephen Gonsalves had another strong outing for Team USA, pitching nine innings and giving up just one run on eight hits with four strikeouts and only two walks.

Team USA managed just three hits in a 1-0 10-inning loss to Canada. Jeremy Martinez, Chris Okey and Biggio each had a single.

Strong pitching performances from Garrett Williams and Ian Clarkin went for naught after Canada scored a single run in the 10th inning off of Keegan Thompson. Williams pitched five and two-thirds innings while giving up no runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Clarkin went two and a third innings with no runs on one hit with four strikeouts and two walks.

Earlier in the week in pool play, Team USA edged Venezuela 3-2 in the eighth inning on Biggio's basehit that scored Christian Arroyo.

Dominic Taccolini pitched the final six innings for the win. He allowed no runs on one hit with eight strikeouts. Martinez went 3-for-4 to lead the Team USA hitters. Abreu and Arroyo each had two hits with Arroyo driving in a run.

Team USA had little trouble in a 6-2 win over Australia, building a 6-0 lead before giving up two runs in the top of the ninth. McGuire led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort that included two RBI and a double. Okey and Arroyo each had a double and an RBI among their two hits.

Ryan Olson went eight innings to get the win. He gave up no runs on two hits with seven strikeouts and a walk.

Team USA takes on Japan in a crossover game on Friday. The tournament concludes with the medal games on Saturday.