THE Philippine Blu Girls snapped a four-game skid, beating world No. 10 Mexico, 4-2, in the World Cup of Softball XII at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex on Saturday in Oklahoma (Sunday, Manila time).
Francesca Altomonte hit a two-run homer to give the 17th-ranked Pinays a two-run cushion on their way to posting their second win in the eight-team tournament.
The Filipinas shocked the No. 4 Australians, 7-5, on opening day but dropped their next four matches.
The Pinays and the Mexicans face off again in the ranking match on Sunday.
Altomonte had two RBI in three plate appearances to lead the Philippines’ offense.
Sierra Lange allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out four in a no-relief job.
The Pinay softbelles took the lead in the top of the second with an Angelie Ursabia RBI single. Skylynne Eliazar doubled the lead as she reached the plate off a fielder’s choice.
Mexico drew level in bottom second, courtesy of Sierra Rodriguez’ run-scoring ground ball single and Stefania Aradilla’s sacrifice fly.
The Blu Girls will next see action in the Canada Cup International Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia where it will clash with Pakistan and host Canada on July 11, and Chinese Taipei on July 12 at Softball City.
The other members of the team are Gabrielle Maurice, Dani Gilmore, Chelsea Suitos, Garie Blando, Hailey Decker, Riflayca Basa, Mary Luisse Garde, Cristy Roa, Dione Macasu, Arianne Vallestero, Ma. Celestine Palma, Lorna Adorable, Shaira Damasing, Mia Macapagal, Reese Guevarra, Riezel Calumbres, Lovely Arago, and Lyca Basa.
“The Blu Girls have been putting a great fight against some tough rivals in the World Cup. Their performance has proven that they are ready to face the toughest and are continuously improving to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said AsaPhil president Jean Henri Lhuillier.