Philippine Blu Boys suffered yet another defeat in the Men’s Softball World Championship after bowing to Japan, 8-3, at the start of the ranking round on Thursday in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Blu boys were beaten by Kazuya Toriyama’s big bat, who scored three goals at home to help Japan win the first meeting between the two nations since the Ball Championship final. south asian soft a few months ago.
Toriyama’s first homer came in the first round—a two-run hit to end a four-run series offset the Philippines’ lead in Julius Diaz’s RBI single.
His second came in the second half of the fourth inning before completing an impressive day on the plate with the third man eating four bags in the sixth inning.
It was the Philippines’ sixth loss in as many matches at the tournament as the quest to win its first World Cup in six years continued.
Their most recent win at this prestigious tournament was in 2015 when they beat Indonesia 7-0, which withdrew before that edition of the World Cup started.
The Blu Boys haven’t won a single match since winning 3-4 in 2009 held in Saskatoon, Canada.
Next on the schedule is Denmark on Friday in a battle between two teams that have yet to score.
Denmark is at the bottom of Group B with a 0-5 record.
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