THE Philippine Blu Girls, banking on hurler Royevel Palma’s superb performance, crushed Guatemala, 5-0, to for their second win in the XII Junior Women’s Softball World Championships on Tuesday in Clearwater, Florida (Wednesday, Manila time).
Palma gave up only two hits as the Pinay softbelles got back on track after their 0-13 defeat to Chinese-Taipei.
The Filipinas hiked their record to 2-1 in Pool A, including a 10-3 win over No. 12 Italy in the opener. Guatemala suffered its third straight loss.
Reese Gueverra singled in the third to send Mae Langga home to spark the Blu Girls’ charge.
Mary Maguad doubled the lead when she pounced on a catcher’s error to reach the plate, and the Pinays pulled away with a three-run fifth frame.
The Philippines next faces Turkey, winless in four matches.
"The performance of our Jr Blu Girls continues to improve with every game. I'm so happy about how the team has established the Philippines as a formidable force in this tournament. These young players are a testament to the promising future of our country in softball," said Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines president Jean Henri Lhuillier.