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PH Blu Boys fall to Cubans in world meet

The Philippines opened its campaign in the XVI World Baseball & Softball Confederation Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 with a 2-11 setback to Cuba Friday night at the Hippos Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

PH Blu Boys fall to Cubans in world meet
ASAPHIL President Jean Henri Lhuillier gives the PH Blu Boys a pep talk.
The Cubans peppered Blu boys’ starting pitcher Leo Barredo with three runs in the second quarter to take an early 3-0 lead. 

Although the team sent to the tournament by the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines was able to score runs in the third inning courtesy of Denmark Bathan and Ernesto Binarao, who hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, Cuba retaliated with a seven-run inning in the fourth.

“We are playing against the best teams in the world and just being here in the world championship is an honor by itself. We know  it will be an uphill battle  for us  just as what happened  in our game  against Cuba but  the experience our boys will get from their stint here will be invaluable for them,” said  ASAPHIL President and softball patron Jean Henri Lhuillier

The Blu Boys, who last qualified in the World Championships in  2015 and not 2004 as previously reported, will next face Botswana at the Svoboda Ballpark.

The 17th-ranked  Philippines is playing in Group A along with Cuba, Botswana, Argentina, Mexico, Asian champion Japan, host Czech Republic and defending champion New Zealand.

The action in the event actually started off with another Group A game that saw  New Zealand sweeping aside host Czech Republic with a 9-0 victory. Group B games had Venezuela edging out South Africa, 1-0, and Canada blanking  Denmark, 7-0.

Playing in Group B are Canada, Australia, USA, South Africa, Venezuela, Singapore, Denmark, and The Netherlands.

Only the top four teams in each of the two groups will advance to the quarterfinal round. 

Topics: XVI World Baseball & Softball Confederation , Men's Softball World Championship 2019 , Blu boys , Leo Barredo
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