MABALACAT, Pampanga - The RP Blu Girls and the baseball team ruled the diamond at the conclusion of the softball and baseball tournaments of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at The Villages here.
The women's softball team reasserted their dominance over the region as they completed a tournament sweep for their 10th straight tiara at the expense of Indonesia, 8-0.
For the fifth straight time, the Blu Girls did not need the full seven innings to wrap up the win, as they waxed hot in the bottom of the second inning, scoring all eight runs.
Everyone in the batting order contributed one run each, before the game ended at the conclusion of the fifth inning.
Catcher Cheska Altomonte and shortstop Garie Blando closed their careers with another championship for the Philippines.
"We have prepared for this, and as far as we're concerned, from the beginning, we knew that we are the top team," said team manager Randy Dizer.
"We were confident that we were getting [the gold], but it's not easy."
Indonesia rounded out the podium finishers, winning the bronze.
For the baseball squad, it was a clinical performance from the get-go as they squashed Thailand, 15-2, to take home their third title.
The two teams thus far have ruled the event in the four times the event was hosted. Philippines took home the 2005 and 11 titles, while the Thais were crowned victors in 2007.
Philippines immediately got on board as they scored three run on three hits in the first inning Erwin Bosito's hit sparked the three-run inning.
In the the second inning, the Filipinos scored four more runs to turn the game to a rout.
Though the margin was ripe for a mercy ruling, it was not instituted for it was a championship game.
Francis Gesmundo pitched the first 3 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out two more. When there was a semblance of momentum from the Thais, the Philippine coaching decided to stifle the opposition, plugging in team veteran Romeo Jasmin. The 31-year-old Jasmin fanned four batters. Vladimir Eguia and Miguel Salud closed out the game much to the delight of hundreds of spectators.
Meanwhile, it was not the same story for their softball counterparts across the field as the Blu Boys succumbed to Singapore, 6-1.
A laser-like accurate performance from 18-year-old pitcher Aloysius Ong became the difference as he only allowed one run from the defending champions.
It was not the first time the Filipinos yielded to the tiny nation this year. The Philippines suffered similar 4-3 defeats in the World Softball Championships last July and last Friday.
The Philippines also lost its first men's softball finals in 22 years, losing to Indonesia in the 1997 edition.
After two scoreless innings between the two, it looked the trend will remain, as they were facing two outs.
However, in a cruel twist of fate for the host country, Singapore managed to churn out three runs before ending their inning.
The Philippines only scored after a passed ball from Ong, spoiling a perfect Sunday for the three Filipino contingents playing in the Finals.
"We were left in the dust. We were already able to land on the bases, but our hardest hits were still being caught. Everything went well for [the opponents]," lamented team manager Eufracio dela Cruz.
Indonesia took home the bronze after losing to the Philippines in the Page playoff semifinals Saturday.