JAKARTA, Indonesia – The No. 23 world ranked Philippines won the 12th East Asia Baseball Cup defeating host nation and No. 38 ranked Indonesia in the championship game. Six teams competed for the title with the winner gaining a spot in the Asia Championships later this year.
Competing in the 12th East Asia Baseball Cup were the Philippines, Indonesia, unranked Singapore, No. 30 Thailand, No. 31 Sri Lanka, and No. 33 Hong Kong.
With the win Philippines will take on the likes of some of the best in the world in Taiwan this September in the Asia Championships. They will take on five-time defending champion and No. 1 ranked Japan, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 South Korea, No. 21 China, and No. 24 Pakistan. The event will take place September 16-20 in Taichung, Taiwan.
East Asia Cup Final Standings:
1. No. 23 Philippines
2. No. 38 Indonesia
3. No. 31 Sri Lanka
4. No. 33 Hong Kong
5. No. 30 Thailand
6. Nr Singapore
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.