Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Baseball

BFA: Caasalan, Philippines blast Hong Kong ahead of final


In the prelude to the XIII BFA East Asian Cup Final, the Philippine Men’s National Baseball Team romped Hong Kong, 8-1, to close out the super round of the regional meet on Wednesday at Baseball Stadium Queen Sirikit Sports Center in Pathum Thani, Thailand.

The Philippines will enter the final with an unbeaten 5-0 slate and are looking to secure its fourth consecutive title in the tournament.

The Filipino batters swept Group B with wins over Malaysia (21-1, 5), Cambodia (15-0, 5), and Singapore (20-0, 5). They then defeated Thailand, 12-4, to open the super round.

Hong Kong, who the Philippines will face in the final on Thursday, ended the second round with a 2-1 slate, beating Thailand in the opening round, 15-8, before taking a 3-0 shutout of Singapore in the Super Round.

Unlike their first four games, the Philippines could not start hot, leading 2-1 entering the sixth inning.

But the inevitable happened in the sixth inning.

Errors by Hong Kong led to a couple of runs courtesy of centerfielder Bryan Castillo and first baseman Jonjon Robles.

Then came the highlight of the game, a solo home run by shortstop and National University product Clarence Caasalan.

Three more runs in the inning gave the Philippines a huge 8-1 lead.

Caasalan went .400 at-bat with a run and an RBI while second baseman Kyle Villafana punched in two runs.

Castillo and catcher Renato Samuel also got a couple of hits as well.

Paulo Macasaet started on the mound for the Philippines, allowing just a hit in two innings pitched.

#ReadMore  UAAP Season 80 Seniors Baseball Awarding Ceremony

Raymond Nerosa then took charge, pitching the next five innings and striking out seven HK batters while giving up just one hit. Kobe Torres closed out the game.

Thailand and Singapore will figure in the battle for bronze.

The Line:
Hong Kong 000 001 000 1 4 3
Philippines 100 106 00X 8 12 1

Written By


You May Also Like

Baseball

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas clinched the last UAAP Season 86 Final Four ticket on Saturday, weathering a late storm from University of the Philippines...

Baseball

Saying Kobe Torres’ 2023 was busy would be an understatement, as it was the year he represented both University of the Philippines and his...

ADMU

KOBE Torres and University of the Philippines survived against Ateneo de Manila University, escaping with a thrilling 15-12 victory to stay alive in the...

AdU

Adamson University staved off elimination with a huge 8-5 escape against University of the Philippines on the penultimate day of the second round of...

Baseball

De La Salle University avenged its first round setback against University of the Philippines in a hotly contested 3-2 decision on the opening day...

AdU

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines overhauled an early deficit to turn back Adamson University, 13-9, for its first win in the UAAP Season 86 Baseball...

Baseball

University of Santo Tomas subdued last year’s runner-up University of the Philippines, 15-8, to start its UAAP Season 86 Baseball tournament campaign on a...

19th Asian Games

The Philippine baseball team will face significant challenges in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Despite missing the quadrennial event in 2010, 2014,...

Advertisement