PH Blu Boys runner-up to Japan in Asian softball meet

Manila Standard Today | Posted on Oct. 31, 2012

Japanese sluggers reasserted their supremacy over the Philippine Blu Boys in the championship match of the 11th Asian Men’s Softball Championship in Niimi City, Okayama, Japan, blanking the Filipinos anew, 7-0.

The Blu Boys kept pace with Japan in the first two innings, but the defending champion team erupted for five runs in the third inning while holding the Philippines scoreless.

Japan added two more runs in the fourth inning. Both teams were scoreless until the end of the game.

It was the seventh Asian title for Japan in the sport it has dominated starting in the 1990s.

“What is important is that 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. We will put what we learned into good use. Definitely, we will have some changes in our roster. We will adopt new hitting techniques, including quick muscle control to improve bat speed,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, president of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines.

The Blu Boys start their training early November for the world championship set for March next year, said Lhuillier who joined his players in Japan.

Prior to the finals, the Philippines,which won the Asian title thrice in 1978, 1985, and 1989, had to beat Indonesia in a playoff game. The Blu Boys, behind the pitching of Florante Acuna, who was chosen as member of the tournament’s Mythical 9 selection, delivered by clobbering Indonesia 7-0.

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