Team PH sweeps second day of SEAG softball, baseball


MABALACAT, Pampanga -- Strong winds and showers brought by Typhoon "Tisoy" did not hamper the Philippines' showing in the second day of the 30th Southeast Asian Games baseball and softball tournaments at The Villages on Tuesday.

The host country braved the storm and registered three wins in the book to maintain prime position in the standings.

The Philippine baseball contingent weathered harsh conditions on the field and rained upon hapless Cambodia in eight innings, 12-0. Aside from the team's high-octane, their defense was the deciding factor in ending the game earlier.

Starting pitcher Vladimir Eguia had an unbelievable performance from the mound, striking out everyone he faced. In his three-inning appearance, the fanned nine players from the Cambodian side. In addition, the Philippines also used six pitchers in the game, and ended with former Ateneo standout Paulo Macasaet.

Former UAAP MVPs Francis Gesmundo and Miguel Salud were given the day off for their heroics against Thailand Sunday afternoon, a 3-2 escape.

The Philippines made sure they were not going to let the game once again, and peppered the defense with numerous hits, seven stolen bases, and a flurry of RBIs. Adrien Bernardo had five hits, including an RBI triple which sent Jerome Yenson home that gave the team a 10-0 advantage in the top of the eighth inning.

Erwin Bosito outwitted the defense with five stolen bases.

The game, which started started off with light drizzles, ended in a complete shower, and was punctuated by Macasaet's strikeout, which sealed their second victory of the meet.

"We actually weren't able to adjust well because their pitcher was slower than we were used to," team manager Orlando Binarao told ESPN5.

In softball, a come-from-behind victory propelled the RP Blu Boys to a 7-3 victory over Indonesia.

The Blu Boys went ahead in the bottom of the sixth when Jerome Bacarisas connected on a grounder that sent player-coach Apol Rosales and Denmark Bathan home for a 5-3 spread.

Gerone Riparip also slammed a two-run homer that sailed to deep left field, which gave the Filipinos a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Indonesia then responded with a single which knotted the game at 3-all.

Although a slow start almost cost them the game, manager Eufracio dela Cruz believes their first two outings has prepared them well for a showdown with feisty Singapore Wednesday carrying a 2-0 slate.

"We're already seeing what the team is capable of, and if we have a great start against Singapore, we could beat them," dela Cruz said in Filipino.

Across the field, the RP Blu Girls were able to avoid torrential rains by blasting Indonesia in an abbreviated four-inning victory, 11-1.

Following a run by Indonesian Delin off a sacrificial fly in the top of the first inning, the Blu Girls turned on the afterburners for the dominant win.

Angelu Gabriel. Cheska Altomonte, and Arianne Vallestero all scored runs in the bottom and never looked back.

Nichole Padasas popped a homer, which was followed by Ursabia, her second in two days.

Blando's sacrificial fly slammed the door on the Indonesians, as it helped send Altomonte and Vallestero and trigger the mercy rule for their third win.

"That's what we are expecting them to do and hopefully that will bring [order] to the level of the team," Blu Girls manager Randy Dizer explained. "They are now smiling, more relaxed. The way they're moving and talking with each other, they're full of life."

Action continues Wednesday at the same venue.