The Philippines suffered its second setback in as many games Saturday afternoon in the XVI World Baseball and Softball Confederation Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 at Svoboda Ballpark in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Blu Boys surrendered three crucial runs in the second inning and were unable to break the opponent’s pitches en route to a close 0-3 loss against Botswana on Saturday.
The loss was credited to Reagan Parco, who was replaced by Leo Barredo after Botswana scored three runs in the second inning. Barredo, for his part, held the fort for the Philippines the rest of the way and even recorded 13 strikeouts in more than five innings of pitching but the Blu Boys just could not get their offense going in this game.
“I will take that close game loss against Botswana with a measure of pride,” said Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines president and softball patron Jean Henri Lhuillier. “Our boys gave a good account of themselves and showed the world we have the right to compete at this level.”
The Philippines faltered against Cuba, 2-11, on opening game last Friday.
Pacing Group A are Asian champion Japan and defending champion New Zealand with identical 2-0 records. Argentina, Botswana, Cuba and host Czech Republic are tied at 1-1 and the Philippine and Mexico are at the bottom with 0-2 marks.
Australia, Canada and Venezuela have 2-0 win-loss marks in Group B, while Denmark and USA are tied at 1-1. The Netherlands, South Africa and Singapore are winless in two games.
The Blu Boys, ranked 17th in the world, will next face Argentina at the Hippos Arena.