Traditional rivals Raffles Institution (RI) and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) met once again in the Schools National A Division Softball boys' final, but it was three-time defending champions RI who claimed the title with a 3-0 victory at Bedok Green Secondary School.
Having beaten ACS (I) 15-0 and 11-5 earlier this season, the RI boys were confident of making it a hat-trick of victories over their familiar foes.
However, RI were made to work hard for their victory, and were held scoreless after going 3-0 up in the first inning. But they held on for the win, boosted by a strong performance by pitcher Schuyler Seah, 18, a former ACS (I) boy.
Despite scoring less than they had in previous matches, RI coach Nelson Lim was pleased with his team's performance.
"I think they played well. It's not about the score, but the way they played," he said.
ACS (I) captain and pitcher Jerel Tan was disappointed following his team's loss, but gave his opponents credit for their victory.
"I think my team underperformed, and Raffles was a worthy opponent. They deserved the win," said the 17-year-old.