The national junior baseball team will have its hands full when it faces defending champion Taiwan today in the 8th Asian 12-Under Baseball Championship at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium in Malate, Manila.
The Philippines-Taiwan game is set at 8 a.m.
“It’s going to be a tough one as we’re facing a strong team again. But we’re not backing down. It’s a good experience for our players, playing against Asia’s best teams. They’ll learn a lot from this tournament,” said head coach Jonash Ponce.
The Filipino batters lost to South Korea, 3-9, and Japan, 0-44, in their first two games.
Taiwan and Japan are sharing the top spot with identical 2-0 cards followed by South Korea (1-1), Singapore (0-1), Indonesia (0-1) and the Philippines (0-2).
The Taiwanese ripped Singapore (27-0) and South Korea (8-1) while Japan also blasted Indonesia (20-0) in the tournament sanctioned by the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) and supported by The Manila Times.
The other scheduled matches today are Japan-Singapore at 10:30 a.m and South Korea-Indonesia at 1 p.m.
Ponce will be banking on pitchers Ethan Mitschiener, Kean Agcaoili, Michael Mesia and Peter Nonaillada along with Marcel de Guzman, Rafael Bailon, Joaquin Mendoza, Emil Perez, Joaquin Casanova, Matthew San Juan, Juan Carlos Dela Rosa, Zachary Urbina, Pablo Capati IV, Jose Miguel Reyes and Marthy Angeles.
Tawain, on the other hand, will rely on Chen Shien Nien, Li Han Sheng, Chang Hung Chieh, Chiu Hsien Te, Tsai Chua Yen, Chang Hsiang, Lin Wu Chin Wei, Yuan Zi Jie, Chiang Hui Chang, Chen Pin Hao, Hsu Yuan Tai, Cheng Cheng Ting, Liu Tai Chun, Cheng Hsiang Wei and Lin Yu China.