Blu Boys settle for 2nd in Asian bash

Publication: People’s Journal
Section: Sports
Date: October 31, 2012

OKAYAMA, Japan – The Philippine Blu Boys could not do anything right and absorbed a 0-7 beating at the hands of Japan on Sunday to settle for runnerup honors in the 11th Asian softball championship in Niimi City here.

Despite the loss, the Blu Boys made it to the world championship scheduled in Auckland, New Zealand in March next year.

The Blu Boys kept the Japanese scoreless in the first two innings, only to get buried under an avalanche of runs as the defending champions erupted for five runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth.

It was the seventh title for the Japanese, who used to play second to the Blu Boys in the past.

“What is important for us is we qualified for the 2013 World Championship in New Zealand next year. Our stint here was a good learning experience, particularly our games against Japan and we will put what we learned into good use,” said softball president Jean Henri Lhuillier.

“We will put what we learned into good use. Definitely, we will be doing some changes in our roster and will adopt some new hitting techniques including quick muscle control to improve bat speed”, he added.

The Blu Boys will start their training by early November for the world championship, according to the softball boss who joined his players in Japan.

Prior to the finals, the Philippines, which had won the Asian title thrice in 1978, 1985 and 1989, had to beat Indonesia in a play-off game and the Blu Boys, behind the pitching of Florante Acuna, who was chosen a member of the tournaments Mythical nine selection, delivered as they beat Indonesia, 7-0.

Edmer del Rosario started a scoring binge for the Philippines with a run in the second inning with Orlando Binarao, Romy Bumagat and Jerome Bacarisas, accounting for the three runs on three hits in the third inning.

Binarao scored again in the fourth inning, before Apple Rosales also scooted home for the Blu Boys’ final two runs against the Indonesians, whom they beat twice in the eliminations.