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Chinese-Taipei continues to serve as Blu Girls’ bane

Just like in the 2018 World Softball Championship 15 days ago, the Taiwanese batters were able to find an answer against the Filipinas.

A walk-off run coming off an error dealt the RP Blu Girls a heartbreaking 2-3 defeat at the hands of Chinese-Taipei, Wednesday evening at the GBK Softball field in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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A win would have handed the Philippine Women’s Softball team an outright podium finish.

However, it all came crashing down in the seventh inning.

With the game knotted at 2-all in the final frame, the bases were loaded with two outs. Arianne Vallestero connected, but her hit landed squarely on Chinese-Taipei’s right fielder’s glove.

After a Taiwanese batter got on base, she was replaced by pinch runner Lin Pei-chun – who was able to get to third base with one out. A collision by first baseman Angelie Ursabia and second baseman Chelsea Suitos coming off a Lai Meng-ting single paved the way for the walk-off run to hand the Filipinas another heartbreak.

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Last August 7, the Philippines’ late rally fell short against the same team in the World Championships, falling 7-9 and ending the Blu Girls’ playoff hopes.

Chinese-Taipei was up 1-0 entering the fourth inning before Hailey Decker connected on a two-run home run to give the Blu Girls the lead.

The Taiwanese were able to get one back at the bottom end of the fourth inning, courtesy of a solo home run by Li Szu-shih.

The Blu Girls had a huge chance to break the tie during the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Decker went for broke after a wild pitch but was caught at home for the third out.

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All in all, a total of eight Filipinas were left on base.

With the loss, the Blu Girls’ route to the podium became tougher.

The Philippines, Chinese-Taipei, and China all hold identical 4-2 slates. However, China holds the tiebreaker against the two squads, giving them the second seed and an automatic podium finish.

The Philippines and Chinese-Taipei, on the other hand, will have to duke it out on Thursday, August 23, with the winner earning the right to face the loser of the China-Japan game.

Still, a gold or silver is still possible for as long as the Blu Girls win their next two playoff games.

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