Air Force, Adamson University post shutout wins in National Open fast pitch softball opener

FANCIED Air Force and Adamson University came away with shutout victories on Sunday in the Cebuana Lhuillier-ASAPHIL Summer Grand Slam National Open Fast Pitch softball tournament at the Bonifacio and St. Francis fields in Cabuyao City.

The Air Force batters started their title-retention drive with an 11-0 rout of Cebu City in the Open men’s division.

The Falcons, the reigning UAAP champions, proved too much for the Manila City Team I squad, 10-0, in women’s play.

Ateneo matched AdU’s emphatic start with a 7-0 romp over Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.

Cavite scored a 19-0 rout of Manila City Team 2 in the 11th season of the tournament also being held as part of selection process for the future national team.

The Philippine Youth team defeated Tanauan, Batangas, 4-1, and edged UP-Diliman, 5-4.

Sta. Maria, Bulacan thumped Rizal Technological University, 12-0, while Makati City survived Tanuan, Batangas, 7-6, in the event which drew 46 teams.

In other results in the ladies division, UP Team 2 defeated De La Salle-Zobel, 2-0, but fell to University of the East, 2-9.

San Miguel, Bulacan also blasted DLSZ, 12-0.

In the Men’s Club category, Alasba Bicol ripped home team Cabuyao Transformer Galvatron, 10-2, but absorbed a stinging 0-9 defeat to Air Force.

Philippine Army beat Zamboanga, 2-0.

In the Men’s Cup A division, the ADMU Coaches crushed the Binangonan, Rizal squad, 14-4, while the Entom Tigers routed Cabuyao Transformer Megatron, 7-0.

RTU won over Cabuyao Transformer Optimus Prime in a heated 7-5 match but bowed to San Rafael, Bulacan, 1-7 in the tournament presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines.

“As we continue to build the path towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, we at Asaphil are relentless in our goal to find and train local softball stars, and this tournament serves that purpose,” said Asaphil and Cebuana Lhuiller president Jean Henri Lhuillier. “Year after year, we are treated to highly competitive teams pitted against each other. This year is no different and I can’t wait to see how they are going to battle it out in the next couple of days.”

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