The Philippines is on the verge of winning three gold medals in baseball and softball after reaching the finals of their respective events in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games.
The baseball team advanced to the finals after sweeping the eliminations with a 4-0 victory over host Indonesia.
The RP Blu Boys and Blu Girls dispatched their opponents in the page system semifinals to gain one step away from defending their gold they won in 2007. The Blu Boys avenged their opening game loss when they nipped Indonesia, 2-1, while the Blu Girls defeated Indonesia, 5-1, to also gain entry in the finals.
Starter Charlie Labrador and relievers Jon Jon Robles and Darwin Dela Calzada yielded only two hits in the lopsided victory over Indonesia, according to national team coach Egay Delos Reyes in his Facebook account.
The Filipino batters will once again face Indonesia in the finals on November 20 as they seek to regain SEA Games glory after Thailand captured the gold in the 2007 edition in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
The Blu Boys narrowly beat the host team after scoring two runs in the first inning although Indonesia was on its heels all game long. The Indonesians scattered four hits in the game but only had a run in the fourth inning as they left nine men on base in the game.
The Blu Girls erupted for 10 hits including two runs in the first and third inning to keep Indonesia at bay to make it to the finals.
The Blu Boys and Blu Girls will face the team who will emerge in the page system semifinals for the gold medal.