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).
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 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.
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)
The taekwondo tournament is scheduled today, 10 a.m., at the SM City Davao while softball final games will be played at the Mintal Elementary School.
The events are part of the yearly Pahalipay ni Mayor Rody-Inday Sara sa Pasko Sportsfest.
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)
rrd-szd/kadayawan softball tournament
mintal elementary school
august 30, 2009
dcwd/um 8-tadeco 4
matina 4-digos 0
1st place- dcwd/um
2nd place- tadeco
3rd place- matina boys
4th place- digos city
mvp/best pitcher- junie sintos
homerun king- rogue emiliano