INCHEON, Korea — Six-Fil Americans and six Adamson Falcons banner the Philippine softball squad looking to grab a piece of limelight in the softball competitions in the 17th Asian Games.
The Blu Girls also got key players from other top local softball programs to boost their bid to take a podium spot after missing the medals in the 2010 Asiad.
Six of the Blu Girls seeing action in the Games are Lady Falcons, while one is from University of the East and another from Ateneo de Manila.
Donning the colors of the Philippines from Adamson University are last season’s UAAP Most Valuable Player Annalie Benjamin, pitcher Rizza Bernardino, first base Angelie Ursabia, left fielder Luzviminda Embudo, Elma Parohinog and Lorna Adorable.
The proud Lady Warrior is Marlyn Francisco, while coming out of Katipunan from the Lady Eagles camp is Francesca Almonte.
They are joined by Rizal Technological University’s Veronica Belleza, the Blu Girls’ starting pitcher, and prized Filipino-American finds Leia Ruiz (University of San Diego), Morgan Teressa Janai Stuart, Garnet Agnes Blando (University of Nevada-Las Vegas), Francesca Rose Foti (University of Nevada-Las Vegas), Gabrielle Elise Rodas (California) and Danielle Lindsey Gilmore (Oregon State).
The Blu Girls play a two games on opening day on Saturday at the Songdo LNG Stadium, against South Korea at 11:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. Manila time) and World Asian Games and Asian champion Japan at 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Manila time).
“We stand a good chance against Korea, having beaten them two in a row in the 2011 and 2013 Asian Championships [in Taiwan] but against Japan, let’s see,” Santiago said.