The 2018 Asian Games are underway in Jakarta, and baseball returns for the seventh time with a record number of teams. Yesterday, we offered our thoughts on the preliminary round, which includes two nations making their Asian Games debut [link]. Since then, two results have come in, while we were also able to speak to Rajith Ratnayake of the Sri Lanka Baseball Association.
In the first game on Aug. 21, Thailand pounded Laos 15-0, with the result the first-ever for Laos. This morning, the Asian neophytes were eliminated by Sri Lanka, but kept it close the entire game in a 15-10 result. The score read 5-4 after two before the Resplendent Isle made it 11-4 at the midway point. A three-run sixth and two-run seventh made it 11-10 before the Lankans pulled away late.
“We [did] not played with our best team [and] rested a few pitchers for tomorrow’s game,” noted Ratnayake. “But Laos is really impressive. They will be a threat to others within few years. As per the information received they have done their basics well.”
Sri Lanka will take on Thailand at 8 a.m. GMT on Aug. 23 for the right to join Pool B.
“Tomorrow there will be a very good match,” explained Ratnayake. “Thailand will play with four players who are playing in USA. They came from there and played in East Asia Cup, too [as] Thailand lost to Philippine in the final. However, we are confident that we can win.”