DEFENDING Champion Team Manila–Philippines showed fine form as it eased past Moreno Valley, 16-on Thursday in the PONY World Series 18-U Girls Softball Championships at the Diamond Valley Park inside the Valley-Wide Recreation District in Hemet, California.
Standout pitcher Glory Alonzo again delivered a stellar performance with three scoreless innings, two fine defensive stops and a homerun. The 17-year old from the Domingo Lacson National High School in Negros Occidental limited Moreno Valley to just four hits.
The Big City softbelles scored seven runs in the first inning, jumpstarted by a two-run homerun by the 15-year-old heavy hitting Alexandria Romero-Salas, followed by another two-run homerun by outfielder/catcher Alaiza Talisik, then another run by center fielder Khrisha Cantor off a base hit by third baseman Madaelene Domaug.
Another two-run homerun at the bottom of the second was completed by first baseman/pitcher Cleofe Magsayo after a couple of one-run homeruns each by pitcher Alonzo and shortstop Angelu Gabriel, including an RBI each by Romero-Salas and Cantor to wrap up the match in three.
In the second of the doubleheader, top hurler Alma Tauli was in her usual fine form as she silenced the San Bernardino Blake crowd with five strike outs, two defensive stops, and three no run innings to lead the Manila softbelles to a 10-0 win over the San Bernardino batters.
The 15-year old Magsayo took over the mound from Tauli at the top of the fourth inning and gave an impressive performance with three strike outs in two scoreless innings. Magsayo also started the scoring spree at the bottom of the first with a one-run homerun for a 2-0 lead.
“Focus lang tayo lalo na sa next game natin at hindi dapat sobrang kumpiyansa dahil hindi naman sila magiging traveling teams dito sa US ng ganun lang, syempre meron din ang mga yan,” said head coach Anna Santiago.
The Manila softbelles, backed by Mayor Joseph Estrada and the International Container Terminal Services, Inc., battles San Jacinto Mayhem next.