Blu Boys qualify for world tilt

Publication: Philippine Daily Inquirer
Section: Sports
Date: October 29, 2012

REGARDLESS of the result of this morning’s page system play-off game against Indonesia in the 11th Asia Men’s Softball Championship in Niimi, Japan, the Blu Boys are already qualified for the World Men’s Softball Championship scheduled for March next year in North Shore, New Zealand.

Still, the Blu Boys are raring to get another crack at defending champion Japan for a shot at the championship even as Japan already beat the Philippines twice, first in the elimination round, 8-0, and reasserted itself in the first play-off game, defeating the Philippines anew, 10-1.

To do that, the Blu Boys have to get past Indonesia today, a team that they beat 2-0 in the elimination round.

Earlier, the Philippines had won against Singapore 6-1; Hong Kong, 5-3, and India 10-1, to finish second but under the tournament rules, the Top 4 team goes into the playoffs. Indonesia edged out Hong Kong, 2-1, in the other play-off game.

“We are proud of our boys’ performance. Again, it shows that in softball, we are among the Top 3 in Asia. And whatever happens in today’s game against Indonesia, we are looking forward already to the world championship next year”, said ASAPHIL president Jean Henri Lhuillier.