AIR Force mounted a huge seven-run lead after the third inning to completely take the fight out of the Thunderz All Star squad and take the 2019 PBL Open title, 7-4, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Veteran national team pitcher Romeo Jasmin allowed nine hits in the seven innings.
After a scoreless first frame, the white-shirts broke through Aids Bernardo with consecutive hits before Junmar Diarao punched in a two-RBI single to take the 2-0 lead. Jonjon Robles then came up with a hit to send Diarao home to end the frame at 3-0.
In the third inning, Air Force pulled away after scoring four more runs capitalizing on the errors of the Thunderz. Robles got his second hit of the day as he put the game out of reach at 7-0.
"Siguro dahil nasa military kami, iba yung samahan namin. Iba yung chemistry," said Jasmin.
"Bale kasi preparation ko na rin to para sa SEA Games. Yun lang naman."
National team pitchers, playing outfield this match, paced the orange-shirts' offense as Vlads Eguia went 2 for 3 and Jerome Yenson had a hit and scored two runs.
In the bronze medal match, the Adamson Soaring Falcons consolidated their Group B win over groupmates and UAAP rivals National University Bulldogs, 4-2.
Right fielder Patrick Espinosa went 3 for 3 batting as Lexter Carandang went 2 for 3.