The Philippines stamped its dominance in softball as the Blu Boys and the Blu Girls defeated their respective rivals to take the gold medals in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games Saturday in Palembang, Indonesia.
The Blu Girls got the gold medal first as they pelted 13 hits to blank Thailand, 6-0, at the Jakabaring Sports Complex to complete their sweep of the tournament.
The Blu Boys followed suit but it was not easy as they beat host Indonesia, 7-3. The team trailed, 3-1, but came back to score six runs in the final two innings.
The softball teams garnered the gold medals after a dry campaign for Team Philippines Friday in which no gold medals were won.
With the victories, the softball teams succeeded in defending their crowns after winning the mint in 2007 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Softball was not held in 2009 due to lack of suitable venue.
The women’s softball team swept the elimination round yielding only a run to finish with a 4-0 win-loss card. The Blu Girls defeated Indonesia, 5-1, in the page system semifinals.
The men’s team ended second place at the end of the elimination round with a 2-1 win-loss record after an opening setback against Indonesia. The Blu Boys, however, got their bearings in the semifinals where they beat Indonesia, 2-1, to advance to the finals.
After the gold medal winning ways of the softball team, the baseball squad takes the field on Sunday as they face Indonesia for the gold as they aim to regain supremacy in the Southeast Asian region after relinquishing that title in 2007 bowing to Thailand for the crown.