MANILA moved one victory away from a return trip to the finals by humbling no less than defending champion Grand Rapids Michigan, 12-2, in the Big League Softball World Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Rizza Bernardino tossed a four-hitter in a complete outing on the mound as her teammates pelted 14 hits in downing the reigning champions in just six innings. Grand Rapids came into the game with only a single loss.
The Asia Pacific representatives are now tied with Grand Rapids in the standings with identical 5-2 win-loss card going in the final day of eliminations of the nine-team field.
Manila needs to win against East representatives Pennsylvania, a team still winless in seven games, on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) to advance in the finals.
West representatives California remained on top of the standings with a 7-1 win-loss slate.
As the country was being battered by continuous rain, Manila whipped a storm of its own after getting off to a rousing start with a four-run first inning on run-scoring hits by Bernardino, Queeny Sabobo, Glesyl Opjer and Kristine Joy Lacupa.
Manila added two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, including a solo home run by Lacupa in the fifth.
Gene Joy Parilla, who blasted a home run in Manila’s 12-9 win over Michigan District Two last Sunday, and Mary Joy Loranza scattered two-run hits in the sixth for a 10-run lead.
The game ended after the sixth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.