The schedule for the Southeast Asian Games baseball competition has been released. The 30th edition of the multi-sport tournament will be hosted by the Philippines beginning on 30 November, with baseball starting in the event’s second week. Games will be held in the Clark International Sports Complex.
It is the fourth time the sport has been contested in its 30 editions over 60 years, with the last in 2011. The baseball event will feature five nations: Cambodia, Indonesida, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Among previous competitors, Malaysia is a big omission, while Vietnam and Myanmar have also taken part. Laos was scheduled to make its debut, but will not compete, while Singapore will send a team for the first time.
The Philippines have won two golds and Thailand one, while Indonesia is the only other country to medal. In 2011, the Philippines romped through a four-game pool play without a difficult match, no-hitting Malaysia, before ekeing out a 2-0 win over host nation Indonesia for the title. Thailand beat Vietnam 12-4 for the bronze.
Four years earlier, host Thailand won the gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record in pool play, with no medal round. The final game was against the Philippines, which was down 5-2 in the ninth before plating two to fall just short of prolonging the game. Indonesia claimed the bronze.
In 2005, the Philippines hosted the games and won all four games in pool play before no-hitting Myanmar 9-1 in the semi-final and blasting Thailand 11-0 in the gold medal game. Indonesia claimed third.