THE battle is not over for the Philippine Barakos.
After conquering Asia, the Barakos now set their sights in the PONY Bronco-11 World Series set in Chesterfield, Virginia from July 25-31.
The young Filipinos earned the right to represent the region after clinching the 1st PONY International Asia Pacific Zone Bronco-11 Championship in Singapore over the weekend with a thrilling 5-4 win over Indonesia.
Although the world campaign will definitely be tougher, the Barakos still like their chances.
“Mabigat ang laban sa world series, pero unti-unti tayong dumarating doon,” said Philippine Tot Baseball Foundation president Rodolfo Tingzon Jr.
“We just need more exposure to know the level outside. But the others like the Mexicans and Americans, nakita na kasi natin ang mga yan,” added Tingzon, a guest in the PSA Forum Tuesday at Shakey’s U.N. Ave.
The different champions from Europe, South Africa, Mexico, and the different zones in the U.S. are competing in the weeklong meet.
Tingzon, accompanied by team members Cobey Tingzon, John Fritz Matanauan, Gabriele Alcaraz, and tournament MVP Christopher Alan Clark in the weekly forum said teams from California are the ones considered favorites for the crown.
“Year-round kasi ang tournament diyan, but `yung mga northern teams, yung mga mayroong snow, puwede na tayong sumabay sa mga yan,” said the baseball official.
The country’s cause is further strengthened by the fact that the top two Baseball Classic teams right now come from Asia – two-time defending champion Japan and Korea. Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).
Tingzon said the Barakos are actually using the same system of playing applied by the Japanese, which he added, will be a big advantage for the team when it goes up against foreign squads featuring bigger players.
“Yung sistema kasi ng mga Japanese is precisely designed at how to beat bigger people, and we know naman that Japan is back-to-back champion sa Baseball Classic,” said the Tingzon.
The Barakos, composed of 10 boys from Batangas and four from Muntinlupa, also need to adjust in terms of the type of balls they will use in Virginia.