CLARK – Host Philippines stayed alive in the 2016 Asia Pacific Intermediate League Baseball Tournament as it routed Indonesia, 21-2, in five innings yesterday at Clark International Sports Complex at The Villages here.
Determined to bounce back from their 8-0 defeat at the hands of fancied Japan on opening day, the Sarangani batters went full throttle against the Indonesians and didn’t ease up after establishing an early 7-0 lead.
Angelo Misawa and Lester Sanchez stood at the forefront of the Phl searing assault, blasting a pair of two-run home runs in the third and fourth.
“Mas maganda ang performance ngayon compared sa last game, mas marami kaming hits, may dalawa pang naka-home run and na-minimize ang errors,” said Sarangani coach Lord Ken Naval, whose wards had nine hits against Indonesia and four less errors from the setback to Japan.
At 1-1, the Filipinos stand third in the tournament sponsored by Mister Donut and Philippine Sports Commission.
Japan (2-0) grabbed the solo lead after a five-inning 11-0 demolition of Hong Kong in the other game. The batters from Kaizuka moved one win ahead of idle Korea, which waylaid the Indons Monday, 13-0. Indonesia (0-2) bombed out of the race for the two finals berths.