Raffles Institution's B Division boys' softball team retained their title after a thrilling battle against Catholic High School (CHS), winning 9-8 at the Kallang Field yesterday afternoon.
Despite the absence of team captain Tien Chan, 16, who was out with a torn shoulder ligament, the RI players held their mettle as Catholic High tried to mount a late comeback from 5-9 down in the last inning.
"They prepared themselves well and did me proud, especially since it's my birthday," coach Nelson Lim quipped. "Catholic High were worthy opponents whom we respect. The game could have gone either way."
The clash was not the first time both teams have clashed this year. They had met in the second round of the competition, and it was another tight affair with RI winning 8-7.