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Pinay batters eye Asian Cup podium finish vs host China


By Jonas Terrado

Game Friday
(Zhongshan, China)
1 p.m. — Philippines vs China

The Philippines eyes a repeat win over China and secure a third place finish Friday in the Women’s Baseball Asian Cup at the Panda Stadium in Zhongshan, China.

The national women's baseball team during their Women's Baseball Asian Cup match against host China in Zhongshan. (Photo from Baseball Federation of Asia)

National women’s baseball team coach Egay delos Reyes, wearing No. 68, talks to his players during Wednesday’s Women’s Baseball Asian Cup match against host China . (Photo from Baseball Federation of Asia)

After being denied of a berth in the title game by defending champion Japan, the Pinay batters look to end their first major tournament since being formed last year in the match set at 1 p.m.

Coach Egay delos Reyes’ squad was relegated to a rematch with China after a 17-2 loss to Japan in their final Super Round match on Thursday.

But his team enters the consolation game holding the psychological edge over the Chinese batters after posting a 6-2 win in the Super Round opener last Wednesday.

Pitcher Nicole Lyn Escalante struck out five and surrendered just two hits to lead the Philippines’ win over the host country.

Two RBIs by Ivy Mhel Capistrano and two hits from Lealyn Guevarra also keyed the Philippines’ triumph.

Meanwhile, unbeaten teams Japan and Taiwan face off the title at 6 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s Women’s World Baseball Cup Final.

Both teams have not lost a single game since the tournament began over the weekend.

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