An Indonesia pitcher during men's play at the Southeast Asian Games.
(Photo courtesy of Indonesia Softball Federation)
PHILIPPINES TOPS AT SEA GAMES
The 26th Southeast Asian Games, a multi-sport event that featured men’s and women’s fast pitch softball, among numerous other sports, is winding down in Palembang, Indonesia. The softball competition has concluded there, with the Philippines coming out on top in both men’s and women’s play.
On the men’s side, the gold medal was secured with a 7-3 victory over Indonesia. The Philippines had opened the playoffs with a 2-1 win over the host country, which forced Indonesia into a must-win situation if they were going to get a shot at redemption. A 9-2 Indonesia victory over Singapore brought them back face-to-face with the Philippines, who they had defeated, 4-2, during preliminary round play. Indonesia led, 3-1, after five innings in the gold medal game, but the Blu Boys scored five times in the top of the sixth, and then put the game away with another run in the top of the seventh.
The final order of finish in men’s play was:
Gold – Philippines (4-1 won-lost record)
Silver – Indonesia (4-2)
Bronze – Singapore (2-3)
Fourth place – Malaysia (0-4)
In women’s play, the Philippines went undefeated, including a 6-0 win over Thailand in the gold medal game. The champions outscored their opponents by an impressive 47-2. The silver medal was a success story for Thailand in that they had only won one of four preliminary round games. However, they avenged earlier losses to Singapore and Indonesia for the chance to play the Philippines for the title. In the gold medal game, though, they were held to just three hits and surrendered three runs in the top of the first inning against the potent Blu Girls.
The final order of finish in women’s play was:
Gold – Philippines (6-0)
Silver – Thailand (3-4)
Bronze – Indonesia (3-3)
Fourth place – Singapore (2-3)
Fifth place – Malaysia (0-4)
The SEA Games are held every two years, with the 27th edition set for Naypyidaw, Myanmar, in 2013.