Adamson, Kensei win

Publication: Manila Standard Today
Date: April 30, 2012

CLARKFIELD- Defending women’s division champ Adamson University and visiting Brunei team Kensei led the opening-day winners with contrasting victories at the start of the Cebuana-Lhuillier Summer Grandslam 6 National Softball Championships Sunday at the Clarkfield Parade Grounds, inside the former American air base in Pampanga.

Perennial University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion Adamson exploded with three runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to add to its first two runs in the first and fourth innings for a 5-0 win over West Indonesia and serve notice of its title-retention bid in the tournament organized by the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines and hosted by Clark Development Corporation.

Kensei and Philippine Navy provided the excitement in their game that was extended all the way to 10 innings.

Banking on veteran internationalist Jeffrey Farion, Kensei tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth inning and another run in the third. The two teams then held each other scoreless in the next four innings for a tied ball game at the end of regulation time. But again, it was Farion, who scored the run from an RBI by Sherwin Tabar that put Kensei ahead in the 10th inning as the two teams failed to score after two extensions.

Tabar scored the game’s final run on a hit by Edwin Mercado to end the game 5-3 for Kensei.

Philippine Army also made its presence felt with its initial 5-2 win over West Java, with Gilmart Ilao scoring three runs, including two in the pivotal third inning to share the lead with Kensei in the men’s Open Division of the week-long tournament also sponsored by Cebuana Pera Padala, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Just Jewels, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Le Soleil de Boracay, Phiten, TJ Hotdogs, Purefoods Chicken Nuggets, Smokey’s Sausages, Hungry Juan, and Department of Tourism’s Region 3.