Japan continued its winning form in the 2016 Pony Baseball International Asia Pacific Zone Championship after thrashing Indonesia, 31-0, on Wednesday at the Alabang Golf and Country Club.
The Japanese were off to a stellar start as they quickly took a 9-0 lead in the first inning highlighted by a home run from Hiroya Miyagi.
Indonesia proved to be too soft for the tough Japanese, who won the 2013 world title, as the latter clipped an almost perfect second frame to double the advantage to 18-0.
Japan went uncontested in the third inning as they place themselves to a sizeable distance from their foes and dump Indonesia into their second straight loss in the competition.
On the opening day, Japan blanked host Philippines-A, 10-0, to clinch its initial win.
“I am happy to win two straight games and with the performance of the team against Indonesia,” said Japan head coach Isha Yoshimichi in an interview with The Manila Times.
“Our goal in this tournament is to win every game and win the championship. During our previous meetings before, there was a time that we did not win against Taiwan but this time we are really preparing for our game against them,” Yoshimichi claimed.
The Japanese coach lauded the Philippines-A team, which played better than their meetings in the previous years.
“Three years ago, we played a very different Philippine team. Although they lost against us in our game, I saw that their level went up in terms of playing the sport,” he ended.
In other results, Philippines-B lost to South Korea, 6-16, while Philippine-A succumbed to Taiwan, 0-26.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES