THE Blu Boys came out fighting in their 3rd match against Cuba in the World Baseball and Softball Confederation( WBSC) Men’s Softball World Cup but fell short anew and lost 1-3.
Holding their own in the first two innings, the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed Blu Boys allowed Cuban Yesander Rodriguez to score a home run in the 3rd inning that sparked the offense for Cuba as it was followed by another run by Anibal Vaillant.
The Blu Boys kept the match close when Julius Diaz scored in the 5th inning for the team’s very first run in the tournament featuring 24 qualifiers from different regions.
Rodriguez finished off the Blu Boys in the 6th inning with his second run, it was the team’s third loss in as many games after losing 0-1 against the Americans but faltered against defending champion Argentina, 0-6.
“Despite the losses, we take pride in the performance of our team jn these close games, considering we are the lowest ranked at 21st in the field. We have not lost hope that they can still score a victory in their last two ganes against New Zealand abd the Czech Republic,” said ASAPHIL President Jean Henri Lhuillier, who has been closely following the games.
On his part, Blu Boys coach Jasper Cabrera praIsed the team’s stand.
“We were much better today than yesterday but we were not hitting the balls. Our main weapon here is speed but we need to hit the ball for us to use our speed,” said Cabrera.