PH women’s baseball cops bronze, earns spot in world championship
While every sport has been busy figuring out a way to shine in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine women’s baseball team silently achieved a feat far more precious than a shimmering gold medal in the 11-nation sportsfest.
The PH women clouters walloped China, 11-1, in just five innings to seize a historic bronze medal in the 2019 Baseball Federation of Asia Women’s Cup held at the Panda Stadium in Guangdong, China.
Making it doubly momentous, however, was the fact that the Philippines made it to the 2020 Women’s Baseball World Cup, a stage never been reached by the women’s squad before.
Also booking their spots in the 2020 world cup are eventual champion Japan, second-placer Chinese-Taipei and the Chinese, whom the Filipinas batters also defeated, 6-2, during the preliminaries.
“It was a fabulous job and excellent work by everyone,’’ said Chito Loyzaga, president of the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (Paba).
“Today, Philippine women’s baseball is third-best in Asia. Tomorrow, we challenge the world,’’ added the basketball great and former commissioner at the Philippine Sports Commission.
Clariz Palma from Bacolod City was named pitcher with best win-loss average while Iloilo City’s Whell Ghene Camral was chosen third baseman in the tournament’s all-star squad.
Happily joining them during the awarding ceremony were short stop Esmeralda Tayag, second baseman Lealy Guevarra, first baseman Charlotte Sales, center fielder Mery Ann Ramos, designated hitter Sheirylou Valenzuela and left fielder Jennifer Dayto Singh.
Completing the cast were pinch runner Alaiza Montejo Talisik, catcher Ivy Mhel Capistrano and right fielder Jojielyn Bensirto Lim. Egay Delos Reyes served as head coach of the team.
The Philippines began its campaign by carving out a 12-3 whacking of Hong Kong, ranked 10th in the world, before crushing the South Koreans, 14-7, who are No. 6 in the planet.
The Filipina batters suffered a 0-15 shutout against Chinese Taipei and a 2-17 setback at the hands of Japan during the group stages.
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