Taiwan opened the Asian Baseball Championships with a thrilling 10-inning 5-4 win over South Korea. South Korea, who won the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics now has a struggle to even qualify for the 2004 Olympics. Japan crushed comparative minnows China 13-1. Today, Taiwan plays Japan and South Korea plays China. Taiwan will all but win the Asian championship and get one of the two Olympic qualifying places with a win. South Korea will need to beat both CHina (no problem) and Japan (very difficult) in order to even have a chance to finish in the top two. The format is round robin. The top two teams qualify.