Philippines Wins the SEA Games Gold

The Philippines won the Southeast Asian games baseball gold medal with a 2-0 victory over host Indonesia.  The Philippines had defeated Indonesia earlier in pool play 4-0.

Darwin dela Calzada shut down the Indonesian bats, while the Indonesian gloves, or lack thereof allowed the Philippine team to score their first run.  A dropped fly in the sixth inning gave the Philippines the opportunity to score first to take a 1-0 lead and gave Calzada all the runs he needed.  Jonash Ponce drove in the second run in the eighth with a line drive single to give the Philippines a cushion to work with.  They were able to reclaim the title they lost to Thailand in 2007.

The gold medal win was in no thanks to the Philippines Sports Commission, who preferred to fund individual athletes rather than spend more for teams that could only bring in one medal.  The team had to travel to Indonesia under the sponsorship of business man Marty Eizmendi.

The Philippines had won the gold medal in 2005, but Thailand took the medal in 2007.  Baseball was not played when the Southeast Asian games were played in Laos in 2009.

Thailand took the bronze medal with a 12-4 win over Viet Nam.

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