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Blu Girls snap skid, edge Venezuelans

The Philippines finally chalked up a win in the World Cup of Softball XI as the World No. 23 Blu Girls edged No. 19 Venezuela, 2-1, Saturday at ASA Hall of Fame Complex’s Field 3 in Oklahoma City (Sunday in Manila).

Fil-Am Dani Gilmore blasted a solo home run in the third inning and Angelie Ursabia stole home in the sixth to give the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed Filipinas the cushion that led to their breakthrough victory after five consecutive losses. Venezuela remained winless at 0-5.
“This tournament gave us a glimpse of how steep the climb we have to make if we want to contend in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. What’s good to see through is that our girls fought hard and continued to improve in each game,” said Asaphil president Jean Henri Lhuillier.
The Blu Girls will next compete in the World Women’s Softball Championships in Surrey, Canada on July 15-24 as part of their four-year plan towards qualifying and competing in the Tokyo Games.
Later in the day, the Blu Girls pushed world No. 3 Australia to the limit before yielding a 2-3 loss.
The upset-conscious Phl softbelles enjoyed a 2-1 upperhand up until the bottom seventh, where they conceded two costly runs that allowed the fancied Aussies to escape with the triumph.
“We gave Australia, the No. 3 team in the world, hell in seven innings. This is a good sign going to the World Championships in Canada on July 15-24,” Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines executive director Jun Veloso said.
Sierra Lange stood at the forefront of the Blu Girls’ defense against Venezuela, pitching a five-hitter in a no-relief job while striking out three batters. She gave up a solo homer to Yaicey Sojo in the bottom seventh but the Pinays held on preserve the win.
The Blu Girls had a big fifth inning against the Aussies, leaning on Garie Blando’s sacrifice RBI and Chelsea Suitos’ run to wipe out a 0-1 deficit and storm ahead.
The Aussies, though, had the last say. Carmelie Sorensen was hit by a pitch in a bases-loaded situation, allowing Jade Wall to score the tying run. Georgia Blaire then launched a sacrifice fly that enabled Clare Warwick to make the go-ahead run and Australia went on to pick up its fourth win in five outings.(pr)

Record field vies in Southern Classic

Action in the 2013 Southern Classic Baseball and Softball inter-school tournament resumes on Oct. 12-13 with the third leg dubbed as the Nuvali Southern Classic with 54 teams from around 154 schools and five community teams clashing for top honors at Nuvali Field in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Organized by the Junior Baseball Softball Foundation of the Phils. (JBSFP) and the Alabang Baseball and Softball Club (ABSC), the annual event features various baseball and softball school teams in Metro Manila and Southern Luzon with this year’s staging drawing a record field.
It kicked off last Sept. 14-15 with the Cherifer Southern Classic at Alabang Country Club and Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium with the second leg, also dubbed the Cherifer Southern Classic being played this weekend at Alabang Country Club, Greenfieldin Sta. Rosa, Laguna and at Rizal Memorial.
The championship leg – the Acer Southern Classic – will be held Oct. 19-20, also at Nuvali Field.
Events on tap are Coach Pitch (8-under), Minors Boys (10-under), Major Boys (12-under), Junior Boys (14-under), Senior Boys (18-under), Major Girls (12-under), Senior Girls (18-under) and the Open division.
De La Salle-Zobel, PAREF Southridge School, Bayanan Elem. School, La Salle-Canlubang, PAREF Woodrose School and De La Salle Lipa head the cast that also includes La Salle Antipolo, La Salle Greenhills, UP, DLSU, Ateneo, National U, Assumption Antipolo, Miriam College, Alabang Tigers, Smokey Mountain, Makati Mavericks, City of Pasig and the Philippine Habagat.
The ABSC put up the tournament to provide the Alabang and Muntilupa communities a youth baseball and softball program for kids aged 5-18 and develop their fundamental skills and create a fun and enjoyable baseball and softball experience for children. For details, log on to www.absc.ph.
Backers of the tournament are the Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc., International Container Terminal Services, Inc., Gatorade, Krispy Kreme, Cherifer, Acer, Max’s, Gigawatt Power, Inc., Splash, Jamba Juice, Lifeline Rescue, Constellation Travels, Inc., Petrolift, Inc., Alaska, CDO Bibbo Cheesedog, Chowking, Equilibrium Intertrade Corp.,  Foton, Green Icon, Inc., Jollibee, McDonalds, Red Ribbon, San Marino, San Miguel Corp., Shakey’s, Uratex, Vivere Hotel, Wilson, Nuvali, Fox and Solar Sports, Star Sports, GNTV, Greenfield Development Corp., Nuvoland Philippines, Inc. and Robinsons Land Corp.(pr)

Philippines books trip to LL Softball World Series

The Philippines sent a qualifier to the Little League Softball World Series as Iloilo Province captured the Asia Pacific and Middle East title on a rainy Wednesday at the Clark Parade Grounds.
Phl-Iloilo dumped Indonesia in regulation, 10-0, to complete a 3-0 sweep of their best-of-five duel for the regional crown and book a corresponding trip to the worlds slated Aug.8-14 in Portland, Oregon. The Ilonggas had previously stamped their class on the Indons, 23-0, and 10-6.
Iloilo’s softbelles reached the World Series only in the second-year of their Little League program.
“I think we have a chance because we have four pitchers and our top two pitchers are both good plus our batting is okay,” said manager Rey Fuentes, who is returning to the World Series for the first time since steering Bacolod to the 2003 JLS plum.
The Pinays pulled off the clincher despite getting outhit by the Indonesians, 0-1. They benefited from the 16 walks issued by Chantique Milenissa to score four runs in the first frame and six more in the third while No. 1 hurler Royeve Palma struck out six batters and yielded a solitary hit.
Their counterparts in the other softball competitions, led by world titlist Manila South in the Big League, boosted their respective quests with masterful romps of their foes.
Phl-Manila South overwhelmed Indonesia, 33-1, to storm to its second straight win in the three-nation, double round-robin battle for the APME 16-18 diadem. The Manileñas only need to repeat over Indonesia and Guam on Friday and Saturday to repeat as regional champs and return to the world tilt.
Also within two victories off World Series berths are Phl titlists Iloilo Province (Junior League Softball)  and Sta. Cruz, Laguna (Senior League Softball), which steamrolled their respective Indonesian rivals in similarly abbreviated fashion, 30-3, and 18-3.
Elsewhere in the weeklong event sponsored by Clark Development Corp., Philippine Sports Commission and KFC, Phl Series champ ILLAM prevailed over Hong Kong, 4-2, to go 2-0 in Senior League Baseball, while Phl’s Tanauan Little Leaguers bounced back after two losses in Pool A with a 14-9 nipping of United Arab Emirates.
Phl-Muntinlupa absorbed a 1-8 setback at the hands of powerhouse Chinese-Taipei to drop to 1-2 in Big League Baseball play.(pr)

Iloilo sweeps Little League Softball elims

Iloilo outlasted ILLAM in extra inning, 5-4, to sweep the elimination round and lead the march of semifinalists in the Little League Softball division of the Little League Philippines Series 2013 yesterday.

Jaimalyn Joy Ambong pounced on a costly passed ball by ILLAM to reach the plate in the seventh as the Ilonggo girls completed their fightback from 1-4 to secure their fifth straight triumph and take the No. 1 spot going into today’s semis.
Unbeaten Iloilo will face the fourth-ranked team in the knockout Last 4 phase slated at 8 a.m. in the fields of Barangay Altura, its eyes fixed on the the championship game scheduled later at 2 p.m.
Despite the loss, ILLAM finished as the No. 2 semifinalist with a 4-1 card, and can still challenge for the Phl Series crown by hurdling the No. 3 squad. Cavite (2-2) looked headed to secure the third spot while Zambales (1-3) and Quezon City (1-3) were disputing the last berth at presstime.
Also bringing out the broom in their side of the competition was Muntinlupa, which finished with a 4-0 mark in Junior Softball League play.
The Muntinlupa softbelles tripped ILLAM, 7-5, to rule Group A and formalize their entry into the crossover semis against the No. 2 team in Group B. The second spot in Group A and the top two in Group B were still being contested yesterday afternoon.
World Series Big League Softball titlist Manila South hardly broke out a sweat in trampling Naga, 13-0, for their fourth straight win that sent them back to the Philippine Series finals with two games to spare.
The Manilans are expected to face Pasig (3-1 with still two games left) in the winner-take all finale set tomorrow.
In Senior League Softball in Barangay Natatas, GK Smokey Mountain leaned on its batting prowess and the one-hitter of Lovely Joy Redaja in blanking Caloocan, 14-0, to hike its record to 4-1 and boost its shot at the championship round.

Muntinlupa gained from Tana Monk and Nikola Lacson’s RBI in the last inning to hammer out a come-from-behind 8-7 win over defending champion Tarlac City.(pr)

UM-DCWD nine captures Inday softball title

UM-DCWD nine captures Inday softball title

Ryan Sarabia played brilliantly in almost all stat sheets, scoring three runs including one homer, 4 RBIs and 3 hits to carry the UM-DCWD clouters past a veteran-laden Tadeco-Panabo City side, 8-4, winning the Kadayawan Cup RRD-Inday Sara Fast Pitch Softball tournament over the weekend at the Mintal grounds.

The Maroon Sox cashed in on that splendid display of ball-hitting prowess by the 23-year old grandson of the late baseball patriarch Judge Sarabia to annex its second straight title and the P10,000 cash prize and trophy courtesy of Mayor Rdrigo Duterte and Vice Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. Veteran Arnold Sarabia scored on a two-run double opening the onslaught for UM-DCWD in the lower first, driving home Diosdado Adan and Junie Sintos.

Tadeco kept in stride 1-2 with Carmelo Bastida scoring on a throwing error to third after a base hit and a steal. In the third, Tadeco equalized with a homer by Jake Banosa on a fielder’s choice but UM-DCWD quickly regained ground after playing coach Joaquin Sarabia drove in Ryan and Sintos with a double, to go up 4-2.

After Bastida struck again for Tadeco on a double by Judel Omaliao in the lower fourth, Ryan blasted relief pitcher Eddie Manigos’ fast ball to center, then scored on an error-aided two-run homerun keeping UM-DCWD on top 6-3.

In the sixth, Roberto Antor’s double RBI scored Omaliao but that proved to be their last stand as UM scored two more through Adan who went home on a double RBI by Ryan who also scored his third run with a double by Sintos. Tadeco’s fortunes ended with a shutout in the seventh as the Maroons went on to celebrate the win. In the battle at the mound, Sintos earned the win on a six-hit 4-run effort while reliever Manigos took the loss.

Tadeco started with Toto Maturan but was relieved in the fourth. “We are satisfied with our performance, and that effort was really what we needed to beat a tough team like Tadeco,” said UM coach Sarabia who also praised his nephew Ryan for an MVP-type performance. “Ryan played so well in the finals. He and Junie Sintos were our consistent players in the tournament.”

Earlier, Matina Boys salvaged third place with a 4-0 shutout of Digos City. The individual honors went to Sintos who won the MVP and best pitcher awards while Emeliano Rogue of Tadeco won the Homerun King plum. (pr)