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Baseball? We're Pretty Good!

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Baseball? We're Pretty Good!
Well, I must say that baseball is not really famous in Indonesia. It is far below football, badminton, volleyball, etc. For some people, like me, baseball is an American sport, not Indonesian.
Am I right? Maybe.
So, it's quite surprising to know that Indonesia won all five games to take first place at the Asian Cup in Bangkok and book a place at the Asian Championship against the continent's top teams, like South Korea and the recent World Champion Japan.

Indonesian baseball team

Indonesia opened group play with a 6-0 whitewash of Cambodia, before beating Burma 11-1 and Hong Kong 7-2. A 7-4 semifinal victory against Sri Lanka sent us into a finals match up with Group A winner Pakistan. Pakistan came into the final with plenty of hot bats, racking up gaudy scores against Malaysia (20-0, five innings) and Sri Lanka (10-0) in group play, before winning its semifinal against Hong Kong 7-2.
Indonesia crashed Pakistan with 3 to 2. Congratulations!
Group Phase May 25 Indonesia 6, Cambodia 0 Hong Kong 11, Myanmar 1 Sri Lanka 3, Thailand 1 Pakistan 20, Malaysia 0 (5 inn.) May 26 Pakistan 10, Sri Lanka 0 Thailand 16, Malaysia 0 (5 inn.) Indonesia 11, Myanmar 1 Hong Kong 10, Cambodia 0 May 27 Indonesia 7, Hong Kong 2 Myanmar 3, Cambodia 1 Pakistan 9, Thailand 4 Sri Lanka 9, Malaysia 1 Semifinals (May 29) Pakistan 7, Hong Kong 2 Indonesia 7, Sri Lanka 4 Thailand 5, Myanmar 0 Cambodia 20, Malaysia 8 Finals (May 30) 3rd place: Sri Lanka 6, Hong Kong 5 Championship: Indonesia 3, Pakistan 2 Pics from Media Indonesia and Ithaca College.

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