MABALACAT, Pampanga -- The Philippines' softball and baseball teams completed a sweep of the eliminations of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at The Villages here Wednesday.
In softball, the RP Blu Girls just needed four innings to decimate Thailand, 11-0. The Filipinas went on a rampage in the top of the third inning, inundating the defense with seven runs to lead 10-0.
The Blu Girls, the 13th-ranked team in the world, scored one more in the next inning to close the eliminations with a pristine 4-0 slate.
Despite not being present this Friday in the knockout semis due to the wedding of his son, team manager Randy Dizer said his team has already set its sights on the gold medal game on Sunday.
"Mindset of the girls is that [the gold] is ours. They know they could beat anybody," Dizer told reporters.
Heeding the call of manager Eufracio dela Cruz, the RP Blu Boys scored big early and downed their strongest competitor Singapore, 8-0.
"The team had a meeting Tuesday evening. I just told them to be disciplined in the strike zone, because in our previous outings, we were recklessly hitting the ball," head coach Apol Rosales told ESPN5.
Meanwhile, the Filipino baseball team trounced the Singaporeans in just four innings, 17-0.
With the Philippines comfortably ahead after the third inning, 6-0, a deluge of offense overwhelmed the opposition, as the home squad poured in 11 runs in the final inning alone, prompting to end the game much earlier.
The Philippines had 12 hits, including 11 runs batted in. The defense also managed to steal 11 bases in the clinical victory.
Veteran Romeo Jasmin showed his seasoned leadership from the pitcher's mound, shutting out the opposition.
"Even my pinch hitters delivered for the team. Everybody contributed and that led to the 11-run inning," mentioned team manager Orlando Binarao.
A trip to the Finals of the tournament will be at stake for all three teams on Friday at the same venue.