- The Philippine women’s baseball team bagged the bronze medal last week after competing against China in the Women’s Baseball Asian Cup.
- The team has garnered a chance to compete in next year’s world cup.
- The Philippine Sports Commission and other groups commended the performance and skills displayed by the women’s baseball team.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine women’s baseball team brought home the bronze medal over the weekend after playing in the Women’s Baseball Asian Cup against China.
The team scored 11-1 against home team China before returning to the Philippines on Saturday with 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.”
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 added. —The Manila Times.