Big League Softball: Philippines Women's Softball Team Grabs Solo Top Spot in World Series
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Big League Softball: Philippines Women's Softball Team Grabs Solo Top Spot in World Series

Kalamazoo : MI : USA | Aug 06, 2011 at 12:38 AM PDT
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Big League Softball World Series

Representing Asia-Pacific, the Philippine Women Softball Team is making its home country proud by grabbing two more wins in the Big League Softball World Series by defeating Italy’s EMEA, 13-0, and Michigan, 4-1 yesterday. The team now holds the solo lead in tournament being held in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Filipina pitcher Rizza Bernardino struck out six batters in three innings in the last win. The Filipino players made four runs in the first inning before going to a seven-run binge in the third to defeat Italy. Team Phil has also previously defeated Alice, Texas (Southwest), 10-0, and Canada, 7-0, in the team’s doubleheader Thursday.

Bernardino turned the pitching duties to an impressive Michelle Lentija in the fourth. She then preserved a perfect game for the team with a no-walk, no-hit stint by Italy. She finished off the game with an amazing homerun for the team.

Philippine team coach Ana Santiago is confident going to the finals, “The girls are ready (to vie for the crown). They want to prove that they have what it takes to beat the best in the world.”

Team Phl now leads the 10-team field with a 4-0 card, with an amazing 34-1 run difference. The Filipinas are set to go against the other unbeaten powerhouse Kalamazoo, tomorrow.

Vying for the crown were the five United States Regional Champions, the Canadian national champions, the Latin American champs, the EMEA champions (Europe, Middle East & Africa), as well as the representatives from the Asia-Pacific region and the host team, Michigan District 2.

The championship game will be played on Wednesday Night at 5 p.m. and will be seen LIVE on ESPN 2. The awards banquet is set to be held on Tuesday, August 9. The Parade of Champions, honoring all series participants, will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10.

Friday games results:

CENTRAL 8, EMEA 1
EMEA 000 001 0 — 1 2 3
Central 012 410 x — 8 10 0
Giulia Bollini, Serena Chirico (4), Laura Costa (5) and Alice Parisi;
Morgan Groom, Kellen Dewey (5) and Kayla Merice.
EMEA HITS – Linda Comin (2B), Bernadette Pedote.
CENTRAL HITS – Autumn Anderson, Ali Tegg, Dewey, Danielle Freeman 2
(2B), Sadie Stowell, Sierra Mutschler 3, Groom (2B).

ASIA-PACIFIC 11, SOUTHWEST 0
Southwest 000 00 — 0 4 4
Asia-Pac 036 01 — 11 11 0
Zalysa Perez, Gabbi Gonzalez (3) and Sydney Ramirez; Veronica Belleza,
Rizza Bernardino (4) and Clariz Palma.
SOUTHWEST HITS— Sierena Martinez, Alexis Villarreal, Ramirez, Gonzalez
ASIA PACIFIC HITS—Gene Joy Parilla, Belleza 2 (2B), Bernardino 2 (HR),
Palma, Cindy Banay, Chihiro Bamba (HR), Annalie Benjamen (2B),
Francesca Altomonte, Isabel Trindad.

ASIA PACIFIC 7, CANADA 0
Canada 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Asia-Pac 220 300 0 — 7 7 0
Allie Telfer, Joya Germanese (5) and Kendra Chappus Sikich; Rizza
Bernardino, Annalie Benjamen (3) and Clariz Palma, Laura Lehmann (6).
CANADA HITS—Allie Telfer, Nicole Bocchini 2
ASIA PACIFIC—Gene Joy Parilla (3B), Chihiro Bamba 3 (HR, 3B), Benjamen
(2B), Francesca Altomonte, Cindy Banay.

LATIN AMERICA 13, SOUTHEAST 10
Latin America 001 930 0 — 13 12 0
Southeast 500 020 3 — 10 8 1
Elimari Torres, Nemesis Vega (2), Magdaly Arroyo (6) and Glorily
Lozada; Lakyn Shull, Amber Maxey (3), Eryn Rowe (5), Jordan Fowler (7)
and Heather Muccino
LATIN AMERICA HITS—Questy Colon 2 (2B), Jenice Aloyo, Katiria Davilla
3 (2B), Karla Claudio, Heidy Astor 2, Kimberly Gonzales (2B), Glorily
Lozada 2 (2B), Keishla Flores , Gabriela Andino.
SOUTHEAST HITS—Morgan Tolle (2B), Brittany Rasmussen, Muccino 2 (HR),
Shull, Samantha Renzetti, Hannah Gately 2, Madison Morris.

DISTRICT 2 17, CANADA 0
District 2 252 44 — 17 15 0
Canada 000 00 — 0 1 -
Becca Shemberger, Kristen Kuhlman (2), Alex Elwell (5) and Whitney
Leiderman, Sarah Schneidenbach (4); Meghan Boeykens, Tara Smith (3)
and Kendra Chappus Sikich and Sharon Chan (4)
DISTRICT 2 HITS-- Katie Lorenz 2 (2B), Leiderman, Megan McQueen 3,
Shannon Cleveland (2B), Sam Vanderlugt, Shemberger, Elwell 2 (2B),
Kuhlman 2, Kelly Dorn 3, Megan Rozeveld.
CANADA HITS-- Chappus Sikich.

EAST 7, WEST 1
West 000 100 0 — 1 3 0
East 031 030 x — 7 9 1
Rachel Hong, Halie Times (5) and Iliana Morales; Stephanie Wheatley,
Kimberly Smith (4) and Kelsey Oliphant
WEST HITS-- Morales 2, Hong
EAST HITS-- Kelsey Doherty 2, Jenna Cahall, Smith( HR), Alexis
Oliphant 3, Asia Brittingham (2 HR),
Jalyn Maull

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