Story by Matthew Lau/Red Sports. Photos by Matthew Lau/Red Sports and Jerald Ang/Red Sports

SEA Games Softball Mens Singapore vs Philippines

Watson Tan (SIN #20) pitching. (Photo 1 © Matthew Lau/Red Sports)

Kallang Softball Field, Saturday, June 8, 2015 — Singapore went down 5–11 against Philippines but still qualified for the semi-finals of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games softball tournament.

Singapore started off the game giving up one run in the first but came back with a three-run home run by Chew Jee Boon (SIN #19) to gain a two-run, 3–1 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

A series of mistakes in the top of the third saw Singapore give up four runs to trail 3–5. In the bottom of the third, Singapore gained momentum and scored two runs to tie the game at 5–5.

Philippines retook the lead in the fourth with a home run and they shut out Singapore in the bottom of the inning. Philippines extended their lead in the fifth inning, scoring three runs to lead 9–5.

Singapore gave up a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the seventh inning as their deficit swelled to six runs (5–11).

Singapore managed to get runners on first and second with just one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. However, they failed to capitalise.

Singapore hold a 3–1 win-loss record and are second in the group heading into the semi-finals where they will face Philippines again on June 9 at 8.30am.

“I think as a pitcher, I have one objective today and that was to end the game without having to go to the other two pitchers. This is so that the opponents won’t get a chance to get used to them.” said Watson Tan (SIN #20).

Singapore captain, Ivan Ng (SIN #11) said,” I think the team is ready for the semifinals as we’ve already faced each team once. Although we led at one point, Philippines came back with hits to win the game. They’re our biggest threat from bringing home the gold medal. We’ve all gained quite a bit of experience and we can learn from our mistakes to play better tomorrow.”

Score By Inning
Singapore vs Philippines
1st Inning: 3–1 (3–1)
2nd Inning: 0–0 (3–1)
3rd Inning: 2–4 (5–5)
4th Inning: 0–1 (5–6)
5th Inning: 0–3 (5–9)
6th Inning: 0–0 (5–9)
7th Inning: 0–2 (5–11)
Final Score: 5–11

Singapore Roster
Niels Aplin (#27), Chew Jee Boon (#19), Chua Hui Fu (#2), Kenny Goh (#12), Dominic Han (#22), Lau Kuan Hup (#30), Samuel Lee (#6), Lew Cheng Chye (#13), Ivan Ng (#11), Ngiam Jun Jie (#18), Benjamin Oh (#8), Joshua Tam (#4), Jerel Tan (#17), Watson Tan (#20), Jeron Tan (#21), Tan Yi Rui (#1), Bayden Wang (#14)

Philippines Roster
Orillana Joseph (#22), Binarao Orlando (#41), Rosales Apolonio (#16), Abello Isidro (#15), Del Socorro Edmer (#32), Cabrera Jasper (#2), Bradshaw Oscar Lv (#21), Maravilles Ben (#12), Bathan Denmark (#4), Marquez Gregorio (#98), Mendoza William (#9), Atilano Emerson (#46), Hardillo Jeffry (#19), Olaez Anthony (#29), Diaz Vermon (#66), Omandac Saxon (#31), Acuna Sonny Boy (#88)

2015 SEA Games Softball – fixtures and results

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