The Philippine Blu Girls suffered a 6-4 loss to Chinese Taipei on Saturday in what turned out to be a warm-up match for the bronze medal clash between the two teams in the Hangzhou Asian Games women’s softball competitions.
Despite rallying twice to tie the game, the Blu Girls gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, which ultimately spelled the difference in the final game of the super round at the Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Center.
Both teams meet again on Monday, with the Blu Girls looking to secure their first ever podium finish at the continental competition.
The Blu Girls placed fourth twice during the 2014 edition in Incheon and the 2018 tilt in Jakarta.
It will also be the last chance for coach Ana Santiago’s side to finally score one against Chinese Taipei this year, after losing twice in the Women’s Softball Asia Cup, including a 5-0 defeat in a battle for the third place.
The Blu Girls trailed 3-0 after two innings, but Alaiza Talisik’s single scored Nicole Hammoude in the third, before Cristy Joy Roa’s single to left sent Hammoude and Sky Ellazar home in the fifth, making it 3-3 .
Chinese Taipei regained the lead in its own half of the fifth when Chia Wen Shen came home from third base on a Chia Yun Chang groundout for the second out.
The Philippines responded in the top of the sixth with Hammoude’s double, which scored Mary Joy Maguad, who earlier reached first base on a hit by pitch for a 4-4 tie.
But Chinese Taipei regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single by Chih Ying Lin, allowing Chia Hui Ko to score from second for a 5-4 lead. Lin moved to second before hitting home plate on Hsuan Liu’s single for a necessary insurance run.
In the seventh and final inning, Talisik flew to left, Roa struckout and Charlotte Sales grounded out, confirming the Blu Girls’ defeat.