Little League Philippines Marks Strongest Finish in 30 Years

July 27, 2015
Jay Mendoza

Guilin, China - Little League Philippines Major Boys 12 years old & under scored an impressive run in the recent Asia Pacific and Middle East Regional Tournament, concluding their world little league qualifiers with an exciting 2nd runner up finish. The team was led by manager Lillian Golez Urbina and head coach Anthony Dizer, and assisted by coaching staff Ruel Batuto and Alex Razon. The team was composed of players from the International Little League Association of Manila (ILLAM), the majority of whom are from Ateneo de Manila: Kean Agcaoili, Joaquin Casanova, Ohmid Halabisaz, Gabby Mendoza, Joaquin Mendoza, Alex Puen, Rico Samson, Matthew San Juan, and Zachary Urbina. Rounding out the team are  Xabi Tengco from Beacon and Jakob Poturniak from International School Manila.

The Philippines dominated Pool A of the Regional Finals breezing past countries Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia and traditional baseball heavyweight Saipan. The Philippines suffered its only competition loss at the hands of powerhouse Chinese-Taipei, 11-6, in a nail-biting, do or die semi-finals battle.

Per Urbina, this was one of the Philippines' strongest finishes in an International Little League competition in the last 30 years.