THE Philippine women’s softball team rebounded from its opening game setback to powerhouse US as it stunned world No. 4 Australia, 7-5, in the World Cup of Softball XII at the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Complex on Wednesday in Oklahoma City (Thursday, Manila time).
Arianne Vallestero’s came through with three runs batted-in, while Fil-Am Dani Gilmore scored on a solo home run.
Kailey Cuico then stepped up in the second frame, doubling off to drive in three runs and anchor the Blu Girls’ surprise victory following a 0-4 loss to the Americans.
The other members of the team are Gabrielle Maurice, Chelsea Suitos, Sierra Lange, Garie Blando, Hailey Decker, Skylynne Ellazar, Riflayca Basa, Angeli Ursabia, Mary Luisse Garde, Cristy Roa, Dione Macasu, Francesca Altomonte, Ma. Celestine Palma, Lorna Adorable, Shaira Damasing, Mia Macapagal, Reese Guevarra, Riezel Calumbres, Lovely Arago and Lyca Basa.
The 17th-ranked Blu Girls battle world No. 1 Japan on Friday before taking on No. 3 Canada and seventh-ranked Puerto Rico in the annual competition sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
The Cebuana Lhuillier-backed Philippine Blu Girls play the US Junior Women’s national team before battling No. 10 Mexico.
"The Blu Girls are off to an impressive start with all the training and preparations showing this early. I believe we have what it takes to come up with our best ever finish in the World Cup with an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," said Asaphil president Jean Henri Lhuillier.