By Dugout Philippines
JAKARTA--The RP Blu Girls split their doubleheader games Wednesday, blanking host Indonesia, 4-0, before losing to world number five Chinese Taipei, 3-2, in the women’s softball event of the 2018 Asian Games.
With the defeat, the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed softbelles spoiled their chance at making an outright podium finish and would need to get past Chinese Taipei and 12th ranked China for another shot at getting at least a bronze medal. All three teams sport identical 4-2 standings at the end of the elimination round.
“While our loss to Chinese-Taipei was very heartbreaking, I still commend the girls for giving their all and for playing with all their heart just to make the country proud. We still have a few games left, and while all these games are against formidable opponents, I know that our RP Blu Girls will do their best for that coveted podium finish,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) president.
In their first doubleheader game, the Blu Girls peppered Indonesia with seven hits that resulted to four runs while superb pitching from Royevele Palma and Anne Antolihao held the opponents scoreless all throughout the match.
In their loss to Chinese Taipei, which was only decided in the last inning, the nationals only managed to score two runs in the fourth inning courtesy of a Hailey Decker RBI which sent Sky Ellazar home. Sierra Lange, however, kept the other team from scoring with her steady pitching.
The fourth day of the tournament also saw Japan making back-to-back wins, dominating South Korea, 10-0, and China, 14-1, while Chinese Taipei edged Hong Kong, 6-1.
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