East Asia Baseball Cup Day 5: No. 23 Philippines and No. 38 Indonesia in finale
Thursday, May 07, 2015 by IBAF
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The Philippines and host-nation Indonesia finished atop the preliminary round standings of the East Asia Baseball Cup to earn a spot in Friday’s finale taking place in Jakarta.
On the final day of the Round-Robin, No. 33 Hong Kong defeated No. 30 Thailand 8-5, No. 23 Philippines beat No. 38 Indonesia 9-1, and No. 31 Sri Lanka shut out Singapore 11-0, causing a three-way tie for the second spot in Friday’s finale.
Hong Kong, Indonesia and Sri Lanka all finished with a win-loss record of 3-2, but due to international tie-break rules, Baseball Federation of Asia officials determined that Indonesia would advance to the finale against defending champions Philippines.
The winner of the East Asia Cup in Jakarta will qualify for the 27th Asia Baseball Championship in Taichung, Taiwan this September, where top-ranked Japan will be looking to capture its sixth straight title ahead of the inaugural Premier12™ Pro National Team Championship in November.
East Asia Cup – Final Round-Robin Standings
National Team W L Pct.
No. 23 Philippines 5 0 1.000
No. 38 Indonesia 3 2 .600
No. 31 Sri Lanka 3 2 .600
No. 33 Hong Kong 3 2 .600
No. 30 Thailan d 1 4 .200
Nr Singapore 0 5 .000
Sri Lanka will finish 3rd in the final tournament standings, while Hong Kong will take 4th place.
The 12th East Asia Baseball Cup is being hosted by the Indonesia Baseball Softball Federation in conjunction with the Baseball Federation of Asia – the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s baseball arm in Asia.
Results of the international event in Jakarta, involving the National Teams of WBSC Members, will have an impact baseball’s Official World Rankings.