TEAM Manila-Philippines battles some of the world’s best 18-under softbelles when it sees action in the 2017 Pony International 18-U Girls Softball World Series from July 24 to 30 in Hemet, California.
The Big City softbelles feature top players from UAAP champions Adamson University, National University, Ateneo de Manila, Makati and Bulacan and will battle teams from around the US, Europe, Caribbean and Asia.
Pitchers Shirlette Maygay of Adamson and Mery Ann Ramos of NU leads Team Manila-Philippines, which is preparing for the tournament by playing grueling practice games with the national youth and seniors teams.
Head coach Anna Santiago is confident the squad can challenge for the title and she expects big games from young stars led by short stops Mary Nichole Padasas of Adamson and Angelu Gabriel of Fort Bonifacio High School, pitcher Alma Tauli and third baseman Madelene Domaug of Fortunato Halili National Agricultural School and right fielder Krisha Cantor of Adamson.
“Tingin ko mas buo at malakas ang team na ito, pinaghalong beterano at rookies. Malaki ang tsansa natin na makalaro ng championship game,” said Santiago, who will be assisted by Sheirylou Valenzuela.
Completing the roster are first baseman Honey Grace Alegarme, catchers Aliza Pichon and Shaina Camacho of Adamson, pitcher and third baseman Kevyn Anne Lacson of Ateneo, pitcher and second baseman Marie Therese Macasaet of St. Pedro Poveda College, pitcher and third baseman Mariana Solitaria of Beacon Academy, left fielder Jojielyn Lim of Fortunato Halili National School and center fielder Marie Christine Bautista of Fort Bonifacio High School.
I think this is quite a strong team and the girls will give a good account of themselves in the World Series,” said Team Manila softball president Rafael “Che” Borromeo of the team backed by Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Philippine Airlines, and the International Container Terminal Services Inc.