PH Blu Boys finish second in Asian Men’s Softball

Manila Times | Published on 31 October 2012

THE Philippine Blu Boys wound up second in the 11th Asian Men’s Softball Championships, good enough to earn a spot in the 2013 edition of the prestigious World Championships.

The Filipino sluggers absorbed a heartbreaking 0-7 loss to seven-time champion Japan in the finals of the Asian Championships held in Niimi City in Okayama, Japan.

“What is important for us is that we qualified for the World Championships next year. Our stint here was a good learning experience, particularly our games against Japan. We will put what we learned into good use,” said Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines President Jean Henri Lhuillier.

The Philippines clobbered Indonesia, 2-1, Singapore, 6-1, Hong Kong, 5-3, and India, 10-1, and lost to Japan, 1-10, to wrap up the elimination phase with 4-1 mark.

“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,” added Lhuillier.

Pitcher Florante Acuna was part of the Mythical Selection while the other members of the team are Philippine Army’s Dario Bacarisas, Oscar Brad-shaw and Ben Maraviles, Philippine Navy’s Orlando Binarao and Jasper Cabrera, Jose Rizal University’s Jerome Bacarisas and Michael Pagkaliwagan, Apolonio Rosales of Batangas, and Philippine Airforce’s Isidro Abello, Edmer del Socorro and Anthony Santos.

The Blu Boys will resume their training in November in preparation for the World Championships scheduled in March in New Zealand.

It was the third time the Philippines secured a slot in the World Championships following stints in 2004 in Christchurch, New Zealand and in 2009 in Saskatoon, Canada.