DELAWARE – Team Manila–Philippines squandered an early 4–0 lead and dropped another 5-6 heartbreaker to defending champion Laurel–Delaware on Wednesday, dimming its hopes of making it past the pool play of the 2014 World Series Girls Big League Championship.
The 2012 World Series champions slipped to a 1–2 slate for solo fourth spot in Pool A and their fate will no longer be in their hands as the tournament heads into the final day of group competition on Thursday at the Comiskey Field of the Pyles Center in Sussex County.
The Asia Pacific champions, who opened their campaign with a 10–9 win over last year’s runner-up San Juan–Puerto Rico of Latin America, will still face USA Southeast bet Cape Coral-Florida Thursday, but a victory will not guarantee their entry into the next round.
Following the win, Team Manila-Philippines lost in its next game against host Milford–Delaware of USA East, 3–10.
The best Team Manila–Philippines could hope for is to beat cellar-dweller Florida and Puerto Rico loses to Laurel–Delaware for a two-way tie for third spot and get the win-over against the Latin Americans.
A grand slam at the top of the first inning by right fielder Christy Joy Roa silenced the huge hometown crowd and opened an early lead for the team backed by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Philippine Airlines and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI).
But the Manila team couldn't hold on as the hosts started to fire in the middle innings. It didn't help that from the bottom of the third to the fifth innings, starting pitcher Mary Luisse Garde was called for eight illegal pitches.
Laurel-Delaware struck for six runs in the third innings.
“Nasira ang diskarte ng mga bata lalo na pitcher di na alam paano ipupukol, nawala na naman sa focus dahil sa mga tawag," said head coach Anna Santiago.