Posted on 20 January 2013.
Day 2 of the Women’s Phoenix Cup Tournament from Hong Kong is in the books. It was a short day with only 4 games due to the opening ceremony taking place early in the morning.
There was one exciting game early in the day as two undefeated teams took on each other.
Defending champion Shilin High School was taking on newcomer Team Australia. Both teams had a great first day with 2 big wins. It is Team Australia’s first year in the tournament and Shilin’s second, but neither team had lost a game.
Team Australia jumped out quick scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control of the game. Shilin just wouldn’t go away though as they scored three of their own in the top of the third inning to make it a 4-3 game. Australia would add a single run in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-run lead.
However, Shilin just wouldn’t go away as they scored 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 6 runs apiece heading into the final inning. And that is where Shilin ran away with the game scoring six more times to win going away 12-6.
It was a tough loss for Australia after leading by three late in the game, but Shilin showed why they are the team to beat.
In other action that day, Team Australia turned around after the tough loss to face the Hong Kong Allies. Once again in a tough match, this time Australia pulled out the victory in the end.
In what turned out to be a see-saw battle, the Allies jumped out early with a pair of runs in bottom of the first. It didn’t take long for Australia to bounce back though taking a 5-2 lead after an inning and a half. Again the Allies struck quickly tying the game at 5 after 2 innings. Again going back and forth each team would take the lead again before Australia tied it at 7 in the fifth inning.
Then Australia took over scoring 7 runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. very similar game to the one they played earlier in the day except this time Australia played the spoiler pulling out the victory in the end.
Game 3 of the day saw the Hong Kong Developmental team taking on Korea. Even though the Developmental team finally got on the board in the first inning with their first run of the tournament, it only made the score 11-1 as Korea jumped out huge in the first inning. Korea would go on to add 11 more to win easily 22-1.
The last game of the day saw the Far East Bombers facing off with Taipei Vanguard. The Bombers, one of the tournament favorites, got down early and had to battle back for a hard fought victory. They found themselves down 8-2 early on and trailed 9-5 heading into the fifth inning. Then they exploded for 9 runs snatching victory from the jaws of defeat with a 14-9 win.
Day 2 Scoreboard
Shilin High 12, Australia 6
Australia 12, Hong Kong Allies 7
Korea 22, Hong Kong Developmental 1
Far East Bombers 14, Taipei Vanguard 9
Standings after Day 2
1. Shilin High School 3-0
2. Team Australia 3-1
3. Far East Bombers (JPN) 2-1
4. Hong Kong Allies 2-1
5. Korea 1-2
6. Hong Kong Developmental 0-3