The Philippines beat Indonesia 11-1 in five innings on Friday to begin their quest for a World Cup spot at the Asian Women’s Baseball Championship at the Sai Tso Wan Recreation Ground in Hong Kong.
It was easy for the Filipina players as they scored three runs in the first two innings, then took an eight-point lead over the next three rounds to finally win by a merciless 10-run rule. .
Coach Egay delos Reyes’ squad is aiming to take the top 2 places of Group B to advance to the Super League and most importantly to win a place in next year’s World Women’s Baseball Championship at Thunder Bay, Canada.
Also in the group are defending champions Japan, who won the previous tournament in 2019, and South Korea.
Four World Cup spots are at stake in the competition, with the other two coming from Group A of China-Taipei, China, hosts Hong Kong and India.
The Pinay team that finished third in 2019 was held in China to win a place in the 2020 World Cup, the tournament was eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary Nicole Padasas scored through a throw-in to put the Philippines ahead in the second half of the first half before two extra runs were added in the second when Remille Herrero hit the home team’s net after a pass and Helga Campos defeated Madelene Domaug with a header. .
Indonesia pulled back a goal in the upper half of the third half but Diana Valderama played solo in the middle, allowing Mery Ann Ramos and Herrero to score to give the Philippines a 5-1 advantage.
A passionate run in the fourth round and two more in the fifth round finally fixed the outcome for the Filipino players.
Starter Jojielyn Lim hit four and allowed one to run three in four innings before Ramos freed the fans two in the goalless fifth inning.
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