BIG League champion Manila will have its hands full defending its crown in the Softball World Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan next year.
Head coach Ana Santiago admitted only three players in Baby Jane Raro, Queeny Sabobo and Krisna Paguican will remain from the roster of 13 that won the championship early this month.
“Panibagong mga players ang kukunin ko,” said Santiago in Friday’s Scoop sa Kamayan session in Padre Faura, Manila. “Medyo magiging mahirap kasi ‘yung top four teams, buo pa sila.”
Santiago said the immediate need of the team is a pitcher as ace hurler Rizza Bernardino will turn 19 next year and is going to be ineligible for the 16 to 18-year-old tournament.
“At least, matagal pa para makapaghanda at alam ko na ang uunahin, which is ‘yung pitcher,” said Santiago.
Meantime, the softball coach bared two of the players of the championship-winning team have received offers to play college ball in the US.
Santiago said Bernardino and Michelle Lentija, adjudged Best Hitter in the Big League World Series, have received offers for an athletic scholarship from Clarke University in Iowa.
Bernardino and Lentija are also two of Santiago’s players for the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP.