The RP Blu Girls ended their campaign in the 11th Asian Women’s Softball Championship in Taichung City, Taiwan with a second-place finish that was capped by a triple header against powerhouse teams Japan, China and Chinese Taipei.
This marks the first time in 45 years that the country has bagged the silver in the tournament.
“Nobody expected us to be in the top three, so it’s a big accomplishment already,” said Blu Girls Coach Randy Dizer.
With their podium finish, the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed Filipina softbelles earned a slot in the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship in Japan and the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, bringing them a step closer to their goal of being one of only six teams to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“We seriously have a chance (at the Tokyo Olympics). Last summer, when we started defeating top-ranked teams like Canada, Australia, Chinese Taipei, people were starting to say ‘look at the Philippines’.
“Now that we’ve come into this tournament and proved that again, I think we will be able to prepare the best that we can and actually give ourselves the best shot possible to represent Asia in the Olympics,” said Fil-Am Chelsea Suitos when asked about the Blu Girls’ chances in 2020.
The 17th-ranked Blu Girls defeated Hong Kong, China and host Chinese Taipei before falling to exhaustion and world champ Japan in the final.