By Jonas Terrado
The national women’s baseball team ended its first international tournament on a high note Friday afternoon by thrashing China 11-1 to secure a third place finish in the Women’s Baseball Asian Cup at the Panda Stadium in Zhongshan.
Unlike their 6-2 win in the start of the Super Round, the Pinay batters needed just five innings to repeat over their Chinese counterparts to claim a podium finish at the conclusion of the six-day competition.
Coach Egay delos Reyes and his team composed of players from the softball ranks made it this far despite being formed by the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association late last year.
The national batters reached the Super Round after posting comeback wins over Hong Kong (12-3) and South Korea (14-7) before dropping its final Group B assignment against Taiwan (15-0).
After defeating China, the Philippines was relegated to the consolation game after being clobbered by defending champion Japan.
Whell Camral emerged as the tournament’s best third baseman while Clariz Palma was named Best Pitcher during the closing ceremonies.
Philippine Amateur Baseball Association President Chito Loyzaga said the federation is clarifying as of posting time if the team has already gained a berth in next year’s Women’s Baseball World Cup for making the Super Round.