For the third time in 16 days, the Philippine Women’s National Softball Team once again faced off against Chinese-Taipei.
With both of the teams’ lives at the 2018 Asian Games Softball Tournament at stake, the Philippines succumbed to the pressure, falling 3-6 to the Taiwanese, Thursday evening at the GBK – Softball Field in Jakarta, Indonesia.
But unlike their first two encounters that saw Chinese-Taipei pull off a 9-7 win in the 2018 Women’s World Softball Championship last August 7 and a 1-0 heartbreaker just last night, the Taiwanese battered the Blu Girls early.
Leading 3-1 entering the fifth inning, the frame proved to be a nightmare for Sierra Lange, Ann Antolihao, and the Blu Girls.
With two outs, Yang Yi-Ting was able to reach third base. Lin Chin-Ying then blasted a deep home run to center field to extend the lead to five runs. Chen Miao-Yi connected on a single afterwards before Su Yi-Hsuan brought her home to extend Chinese-Taipei’s cushion.
Chelsea Suitos and Reece Gueverra were able to get two back at the bottom of the fifth. The Blu Girls though could not muster one last rally in the last two innings.
Seventeen-year-old wunderkind Ezra Jalandoni started for the Philippines but immediately gave up a home run right at the very first at-bat.
The Blu Girls finished the tournament in fourth place — the same spot they ended in Incheon for four years ago.