SEA Games baseball, softball competitions open in the Philippines

SEA Games baseball, softball competitions open in the Philippines
Five teams are competing in men's baseball and women’s softball, while four nations will battle for the gold medal in men’s softball.

The Southeast Asian Games Baseball and Softball competitions opened on Monday at The Villages, Clark, Pampanga, Philippines. This is the 30th edition of the SEA Games.

Five teams are competing in the men's baseball event: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will fight for the gold medal. The Philippines has won two of the three editions of the baseball event (2005 and 2011), while Thailand claimed the gold medal as host in 2007. Indonesia has won one silver medal and two bronzes.

On the first day of competition, Indonesia used a seven-run fifth inning to defeat Singapore 14-7; while the Philippines defeated Thailand narrowly 3-2.

The women’s softball event has been dominated by the Philippines, having won all gold medals in all editions of the SEA Games when the competition was held. In this edition they will play against Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand to keep the winning streak alive.

Yesterday, the Philippines, nine-time champ in the biennial meet, beat Singapore by a score of 6-0, and defeated Malaysia 8-1 in six innings; Indonesia scored twice in the seventh inning to defeat Thailand 4-2; and Singapore clinched victory over Thailand 6-2.

In men’s softball the Philippines beat Thailand by a score of 11-0 and Singapore defeated Indonesia 10-2. Both games lasted five innings.