For many years baseball and Fastpitch softball had been in the back of our minds for an IASAS debut. With so many doubts and haters it remained only a thought and never a clear reality. However 18 months ago that vision finally became a reality. With the constant push of athletic directors and board members across IASAS, the “inaugural season” of IASAS Baseball and Fastpitch Softball took place April 6th to the 9th in Singapore.
The ISKL Panthers entered IASAS with two different expectations. On the girls side, there was a team that finished second at exchange and rightfully in contention for the gold medal. For the boys team, they were on the quest to winning their first game ever as a new and young baseball team.
The girls played very well in the round robin play and found themselves undefeated heading into their final game against SAS. ISKL had surprising wins over tough teams like defending champions ISB and a tough ISM side. SAS was clearly the better team in the tournament and our girls finished the round robin with a 3-1 record. That put them in a position to reach the gold medal match. After discovering they reached the final, we at TAKE got to speak with one of the captains of the team.
Jamie ‘17 has been a member of the softball team for 4 years, so this moment meant a lot for her and the team. “We have always had weak elements on our teams, but this year we finally can get a medal.”
Well Done girls.
As for the boys competition and play, they were trying to play successfully enough to get their first win of the season. That was the most realistic goal considering the lack of baseball experience from all the players on the team. With some sights of promise by the hitters getting solid contact or our pitchers throwing strikes there was much to be impressed by. There were many errors in the field which left the boys going 0-4 in the round robin play. Heading into the final day they needed to win two games to get the 3rd place medal.
The boys hadn’t won one game at that point, so the main goal was just to get that one win. Kotaro ‘17, as pitcher, was probably the best player on the team. He put the Panthers in the best position to beat a strong Manila team. “I just wanted to win a game”!! Kotaro is a passionate baseball player with hopes to play in college next year.
With the end of the inaugural season, there is much to be happy about. Those who attended got to witness pioneers take the fields and play a sport that had been waiting to make an appearance for many years.
With incredible attendance by supporters each and every game was loud and exciting. Even though we saw tough losses from both the boys and girls teams there is much to be proud of. We can now look back at this and learn positive lessons and relive the memories and history that was made.
Now that the inaugural season is in the books, student athletes will now consider baseball and fastpitch a sport that has always been with us and for many more years to come.