Philippines ranked #26 post Asian Softball Cup, Wild Card spot in World Cup

Philippines Asian Softball Cup
The Philippines finished in the Top 4 of the 2023 Women’s Softball Asia Cup. ASAPHIL photo.

The Philippine women’s softball team, also known as the RP Blu Girls, has climbed four notches to World No. 26 after its Top 4 performance at the Women’s Softball Asia Cup and receiving a wild card spot in the upcoming World Cup.

The Philippines was named top climber scoring 446 points on the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) latest rankings released April 12, 2023, days after the Filipinas secured its spot in the World Cup with a 4th place finish in the Asia Cup held in Incheon, South Korea from April 2-8.

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The wild card entry marks the Filipina team’s third consecutive World Cup following appearances in the 2016 and 2018 editions, which also represents their longest streak in the history of the competition – setting a new record for the country. The Philippines will be aiming for their second medal in the Women’s Softball World Cup, following their bronze win in Osaka, Japan, in 1970.

The Philippines finished the preliminary round of the Asia Cup with a 5-3 win-loss record, securing a bronze medal match against Chinese Taipei on April 8, 2023. The Blu Girls triumphed over Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and India, while suffering defeats against Japan, China, and Chinese Taipei.

Coached by Ray Pagkaliwagan, Randy Dizer, and Anthony Santos, and supported by Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) President Jean Henri Lhuillier, the Blu Girls is comprised of homegrown talents hailing from various cities and provinces across the country.

The Women’s Softball World Cup group stage will be held in Ireland, Spain, and Italy from July 11 to 26. The Philippines will compete in Group C of the World Cup alongside Japan, Italy, Canada, Venezuela, and New Zealand.

In the Women’s Softball Asia Cup, Japan claimed the title after a 6-0 victory over China, while Chinese Taipei secured the bronze medal with a 10-5 win over the Philippines. The top four finishers in the Asia Cup, including Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, and the Philippines, advanced to the World Cup.

The top two teams from each group, plus two wild cards, will advance to the World Cup Finals in Italy in 2024.

The RP Blu Girls previously ranked No. 11 in 2020.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS & WELL WISHES to Team Philippines’ RP Blu Girls as they aim for a medal win at the Women’s Softball World Cup!

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