Team Philippine-A trouted Indonesia, 10-0 to win the 2016 PONY Baseball International Asia Pacific Zone Championship Southeast Asian trophy, at the Alabang Golf and Country Club on Friday.
The Pilipinas Alamid squad was elated for the victory though they failed to win the Asia Pacific region title.
“The boys on the team are very happy especially the first timers because they experienced attending an exclusive tournament such as this. Our team is not a solid group from one area because we selected players from different areas,” head coach Edward Tuason told The Manila Times.
It was initially a slow match as only a single point was scored in the first three innings resulting in a 1-0 lead for the Philippines, courtesy of Miggy Reyes.
But the Filipinos blazed through their Indonesian rivals in the fourth run extending their lead to 9-0.
The Philippines though was unable to finish the bout in the fifth frame, as both crews were held scoreless forcing the game to another inning.
Enzo Santos secured the win for host Philippines in the sixth and final inning of the contest.
The Philippines beat Indonesia 14-0 in their first meeting.
Tuason said that their triumph motivated them to once again test their mettle in next year’s tournament and perhaps one day qualify for the world championship.
“We plan to still join the tournament next year and hopefully, we can get through the Asia Pacific zone to qualify for the World Series. As much as possible, we will keep this team intact for our program for the next three years,” he said.
He added that he believes in the potential of his team and hopes that their experience in the tournament will inspire young Filipino players.
“There is potential with the players in this team especially the players from Tanauan. This will serve as their stepping stone to play and get better education,” he concluded.
The Philippine-A team finished the competition with two wins and two losses—against Japan, 0-10, and Taiwan, 0-11.
Defending world champions Taiwan asserted their dominance anew in the Asia Pacific region by defeating Korea 14-2. Taiwan won through two home runs of Lin Chen-Hsun.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES