Filed by Graeme Chan | Images by 901 Media and Agency
The TOTO WBSC Hong Kong International Baseball Open recently concluded in Sai Tso Wan Baseball Field and the Lion Rock Park Baseball Field. Six teams from Asia and Europe joined forces with Hong Kong Red Team and Hong Kong Blue Team (HK 18U) and gathered in Hong Kong for the four-day tournament. Through some very exciting on-field battles, Ateneo Blue Eagles from the Philippines emerged as worthy winners while Hong Kong Red Team came second and Shin Chang from Chinese Taipei finished in third. Hong Kong Blue Team found themselves in the sixth position at the conclusion of the tournament.
Dr. Felix Yip, Chairman of the Hong Kong Baseball Association, voices his approval on this year’s tournament and hopes to continue its growth for next year. “Watching the two teams competing in a very exciting championship game was the perfect ending for this year’s tournament,” said Dr. Yip. “Most of the competing teams in this year’s tournament are of similar level, making the games very closely-contested. I hope all of the participating teams can continue their development and come back much stronger next year.”
Pitcher A. Tan led the Ateneo Blue Eagles to victory in the championship game and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity. “We are extremely honored to be invited by the Hong Kong Baseball Association to compete in this year’s TOTO WBSC Hong Kong International Baseball Open,” Tan said. “Entering the championship game, we knew Hong Kong Red Team was a very tough opponent but we managed to capitalize on their early mistakes and never looked back. It was a total team effort and I need to thank my teammates for their support.”
Au Hok-leung, Head Coach of the Hong Kong Red Team offered his insights after dropping the championship game against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. “We committed a few mistakes early in the game and even though we managed to make a few changes and stopped the bleeding, it was just a bit too late,” Au commented. “Coming all the way to the final and losing is a tough pill to swallow. However, the players played their hearts out throughout the tournament and should walk away with their heads held high.”
Please visit the tournament website for the Final Ranking & Awards and HKIBO Facebook for the highlights