SINGAPORE - To Jeron Tan and the rest of his softball team-mates, Thursday's victory over Raffles Institution meant a gold medal for keeps.
But to Montfort Secondary, their stunning 6-0 success in the Schools National C Division boys' final meant so much more.
"This is historic," gushed teacher-in-charge Wong Teck Piaw, who noted that it was the school's first softball title since the sport was introduced in 1997.
"It is a moment we will all cherish."
That said, their achievement was made all the more impressive by the margin of victory.
Traditional powerhouses in the softball diamond, RI went into Thursday's final with three successive C Div crowns to their name - the last sealed with a 10-0 romp over Montfort in last year's final.
Furthermore, they had allowed just four runs over seven earlier games, while scoring 81.
"It was all a bit intimidating," admitted Jeron, Montfort's starting pitcher on Thursday. "Before the game, I was very nervous."