Korea stayed on course to qualify for the Super round by finishing second in their Group, when they beat Hong Kong 12-3, to hand them their second consecutive defeat in the U18 Women Softball Asia Cup 2023 at the Pingtan Softball Stadium, China this morning.


Korea who had lost their opening game against host China 0-10, play Philippines in their final Group match tomorrow.

Hong Kong players getting a dressing down from their coach Chuen Chi Wai afterbtheir loss to Korea

“I am not happy with the overall performance of my team today against Hong Kong, but glad that we won nevertheless,” said Korean head coach Jang Jeho.


“With this win, we are still on course for our target to finish third and book the World Cup ticket.

The Korean and Hong Kong team before their match

“But we will have to give a much more improved performance against Philippines to finish second in our Group.”


Philippines who has one win from yesterday against Hong Kong, will play China this evening and it is highly unlikely for them to beat the host, thus leaving the battle for the second spot between them and Korea.


Jang said that his team had six days training for this tournament, but is confident that they are good for a third placing slot in the tournament.

Plate meeting for match between Singapore and India. Singapore’s team leader Jenny Lim Poh Choo being told it is forfited match as India failed to turn up and the Republic win7-0

Philippines too are targeting for the third place slot.


In an earlier game in the morning, India failed to arrive in Pingtan for the tournament and and are only expected to arrive tonight.


Both Japan and Singapore and have earned a forfeited game with 7-0 win over India because of their absence till today because of delay in acquiring their visas.

Korean pitcher Gu Yejin

They are expected to arrive tonight and have a final Group B game against Chinese Taipei and while the game may be played, but the latter will get a 7-0 win for  a forfeited game, to be fair to the other two teams in the Group.


India can also play in the two placement matches after that.

Hong Kong’s pitcher Hung Kam Lam

It is indeed surprising that India had failed to make their travel arrangements earlier, as they knew well ahead of the competition dates and confirmed their participation as well.


This is not the first time that India has come late for a tournament or had issues with their travel arrangements.

All in the family Softball Asia president Datuk Low Beng Choo with the local organsig committee, umpires and volunteers



India 0 v Singapore 7 (match forfeited as India has not arrived)

Hong Kong 3  Korea 12

Japan  Chinese Taipei

China  Philippines



Philippines 7 Hong Kong 0

India 0 v Japan 7 (match forfeited as India failed to show-up)

Singapore 2 Chinese Taipei 15

China 10 Korea 0




8.30am India v Chinese Taipei

10.30am Japan v Singapore

3.30pm Korea v Philippines

5.30pm China v Hong Kong