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    Muntinlupa boys finish with a flourish as Horibata goes long

    Jul 31, 2012

    MUNTINLUPA wrapped up its campaign in the Big League Baseball World Series with a 7-2 win over Canada in Easley, South Carolina.

    Tsuyoshi Horibata scored a run in a three-run binge in the second inning while slamming a solo home run in the third after Muntinlupa gave up a run in the first.

    That proved enough for the Asia Pacific representatives to finish its campaign with a 2-2 win-loss slate after suffering defeats to Puerto Rico and Latin America, which advanced to the semifinals as the top two teams of the international pool.

    After a lead-off walk in the third, Horibata scored on a Francisco Hashimoto groundout before Paco Tantuico and Justin Mathay advanced home on a fielding error that sent Jhondel Tolosa to second base.

    Horibata then belted Canada reliever Patrick Tazzman's first pitch for a home run to start Muntinlupa’s breakaway, 5-1, in the third inning.

    Starter Carlos Munoz struck out eight batters and gave up two runs on four hits in his five-inning outing. Ferdinand Liguayan had a no-hit relief job and only issued two walks.

    Meanwhile, Team Manila begins its quest for a return trip to the Big League Softball World Series finals this week in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    Manila finished second to Grand Rapids, Michigan last year.

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