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Pinay Baseball Team shines


For one, which the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association had formed only to carry the country’s colors in the coming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the national women’s baseball team has gone a long way.
The Filipinas didn’t make it to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the SEA Games due to technicalities, but went to Guangdong, China instead where they reaped honors they and their officials never expected.
They, for example, returned home on Saturday, bringing home the bronze medal from the BFA Women’s Cup plus the bonus of having a chance to represent the country and Asia to next year’s World Cup at a place and date yet to be decided.
Champion Japan, Chinese Taipei and China, also advanced to the World Cup.
The Girls of coach Egay delos Reyes, likewise, stand, too, to earn a world ranking for winning over world-rated South Korea, sixth at present, and Hong Kong, 10th, and China, which like them is seeking recognition but has to wait later after the Philippines shall have earned its spur.
For showing the door to the former British Colony clouters, 12-3, and the South Koreans, 14-7, in lopsided fashions, the “giant-killing” Filipinas, that’s the moniker they earned besides emerging as the tournament’s “surprised package,” the Girls ended up with a 3-2 win-loss card in the tournament.
They wound up next only to eventual champion Japan, No. 1 in the world, beating the game origin the USA, and world No. 3 Chinese Taipei.
Losses against the Japanese, 2-17 in the Super Round of Four, and the Taiwanese, 0-15, in the the elimination round, were the only stain in the Filipinas’ record.
“Our ladies performed above everyone’s expectations,” basketball great and now Philippine Amateur Baseball Association president. Chito Loyzaga, remarked a day after the team’s bronze medal triumph over the mainlanders.
“They deserve to continue with their training program in preparation for the World Women’s Baseball Cup next year,” Loyzaga, eldest son of basketball’s “Great Difference” Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga said.
“We appreciate very much the continuous support of the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission),” he added. “But we hope to establish a long term partnership with generous institutions, which will embrace the great potential of our Philippine women’s baseball team.”
“Fabulous job! Excellent work by everyone!” Loyzaga exclaimed. “Today, the Philippine women’s baseball team is third in Asia, tomorrow, we challenge the world!”
“The PH women’s baseball team is a great example of teamwork, dedication, commitment and the spirit to overcome all the challenges,” he pointed out.
PABA Secretary-General Jose Antonio “Pepe” Muñoz, for his part, spelled out the team’s surprising performance, saying, “We thought it would take us two years to develop the team so we entered it in the SEA Games, which we are about to host.”
When we joined the BFA Cup, we expected a close match against Hong Kong, a team that has been very active in women’s baseball,” Muñoz recounted. “We also felt it would take us next to the Asian Cup to catch up with an experienced Korea.”
“But to our very pleasant surprise, we were able to achieve this in our very first competition,” he noted.

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Today’s Front Page January 22, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 22, 2020