Blu Boys rally past Indonesia, Blu Girls blank Malaysia

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 08, 2015 06:09 PM
Blu Boys rally past Indonesia, Blu Girls blank Malaysia
The Philippine men's and women's softball squads posted contrasting wins.

SINGAPORE - The Philippine Blu Boys needed one big inning to post a come-from-behind 8-7 win over perennial tormentor Indonesia on Monday and book one of the two top spots in the page system semifinals of the 28th Southeast Asian Games softball tournament at the Kallang Diamonds here.

Down 7-8 at the top of the of the seventh frame with two outs and the bases loaded, Oscar Bradshaw belted a three RBI (runs-batted-in) double to left field to send home Joseph Orillana, Isidro Abello and Jasper Cabrera.

Pitcher Gregorio Marquez, who came in to relieve shellshocked starter Sonny Acuna, retired the next three Indon batters in the bottom seventh, preserving the defending champions’ third straight win in the eliminations.

"Too many errors," said coach Rey Pagkaliwagan in relief, recalling that this was the same team that beat his charges, 7-8 , in the world championship qualifiers held here last December, and their only loss since the last time softball was held in the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games.

With the win, the Blu Boys will take either of the top two spots in the page system semis, with the winner advancing outright to the finals while the loser gets to play the winner of the No. 3 and No. 4 squads after the one-round elimination series.

The defending Blu Girls, on the other hand, had a breezy time in picking up their fourth straight victory in blasting Malaysia, 12-0, and sweep their assignment in the elims and secure the top spot in the semis today.

Their semis opponent will be the Singaporeans, who whipped the Indonesians, 8-1, in their final eliminations match.

Although both Singapore and Indonesia closed out with similar 2-2 win-loss records, the latter advanced to the No. 2 spot in the semis because of the winner-over-the-other rule.

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