CLARK FREEPORT ZONE – Host Philippines closed in on berths to the World Series in four divisions after rousing victories in different fronts on Friday in the 2013 Asia-Pacific and Middle East tournament at the Clark Parade Grounds.
Phl struck hard in softball with its Big League, Senior League and Junior League teams disposing of their respective Indonesian rivals to go 3-0 (win-loss) in their categories, moving a victory away from the regional crown and a trip to the worlds.
The reigning Filipino Big League world titlist Manila South scored a runaway 18-0 win while Seniors representative Sta. Cruz, Laguna cruised to a 10-0 abbreviated romp and Juniors bet Iloilo Province stormed to a 22-0 rout of the Indons.
The host nation also sent its Senior League Baseball squad - ILLAM - to the finals after a morale-boosting 6-1 mangling of New Zealand in a home run-filled semifinal triumph. The Pinoy batters will dispute the crown with CNMI, 3-0 victors over Hong Kong, in the championship match slated Sunday.
The four are looking to add to World Series-bound Phl rosters after the Pinoy Little League Softball crew, Iloilo Province, booked the first ticket following its conquest of the regional competition sponsored by Clark Development Corp., Philippine Sports Commission and KFC two days ago.
Manila South wasted little time distancing themselves from the overmatched Indons, scoring 11 runs off 10 hits in the first inning to lay the foundation for the rout.