Blu Boys 2nd

People’s Journal | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

JAPAN reasserted their supremacy over the Philippine Blu Boys in the championship match of the 11th Asian Men's Softball Championship in Okayama, Japan, blanking the Philippines anew, 7-0.

The Blu Boys kept abreast with the Japanese in the first two innings but the defending champions erupted for five runs in the third inning while holding their Filipino counterparts scoreless.

The Japanese added two more runs in the fourth inning, before both teams were scoreless until the end of the game.

It was the 7th Asian title for Japan in the sport it has dominated starting in the 90's.

“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. 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,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, president of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL).

The Blu Boys start their training by early November for the world championship set March next year, added Lhuillier 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 tournament's Mythical 9 selection, delivered, clobbering Indonesia, 7-0.