Defending champion Taiwan stamped its class over Philippines-A Team via an 11-0 rout on Thursday in the 2016 Pony Baseball International Asia Pacific Zone Championship at the Alabang Golf and Country Club.
After standing firm for three innings to hold the defending champions scoreless, the Filipinos fell short of taking home another win for the country.
The Taiwanese started the game strong in the initial round as their batters immediately took the early 5-0 lead.
Taiwan picked up its pace in the fifth and final inning as Lin Chen Hsun and Lin Kuan Jing each scored home runs to secure the win.
“The way they played in the first inning, we were still testing our opponents. This Taiwanese team is very strong because they are one of the top caliber teams world,” Philippines head coach Edward Tuason said in Filipino in an interview with The Manila Times.
“We played closely against Taiwan during this game and it’s already a big deal for us. I commend the boys for stepping up especially our pitcher because he really played with heart,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Philippines have been awarded the third place award of the tournament together with Japan as the latter backed out from its remaining games following their loss 1-3 loss to Korea in the first game of the day.
“We did not expect Japan to back out. We still want to play them although we already met in the first day. But still this is a big boost for our confidence to finish third in the Asia Pacific,” Tuason said.
The Filipinos will be playing their final game against Indonesia for the Southeast Asian Championship today at 10 a.m.
According to Tuason, they are confident that they will be able to seal the win against the Indonesians considering their 14-0 victory against the latter on Tuesday.
“We are confident going to that game. Most of our pitchers are available. Our hitting is also is still hot after this game so we are confident that we can once again win against them,” he concluded.