UE grabs solo lead in softball tourney

Manila Standard Today
May 3, 2012

University of the East found itself all alone at the top of the women’s division of the ten on-going 2012 Cebuana Lhuillier Summer Grandslam National Softball Open Championships in Clarkfield, Pampanga following its contrasting, back-to-back victories against different foes.

UE pulled off a come-from-behind victory over erstwhile co-leader Adamson University Alumni and ad abbreviated win against the visiting Papua Province team from Indonesia.

The Recto-based school exploded with four runs in the fourth inning from an error by Adamson’s centerfielder Sarah Jane Agravante. This was after Genejoy Parilla’s hit saw playing coach Joy Laquite, Jelly Mecabalo and Marlyn Francisco scooting to the home plate with the fourth run by Parilla from a double hit by Brenda Bacarisas, putting UE ahead, 6-4.

The two teams were scoreless until the game ended.

Buoyed by that victory, UE then scored an abbreviated four-inning regulation game, beating a hapless Papua team, 11-0, for a perfect 4-0 record and shot in the finals.

The tournament is sponsored by Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, Just Jewels, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Phiten, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Le Soleil de Boracay, TJ Hotdaogs, Purefoods Chicken Nuggets, Smokey’s Sausages, Hungry Juan, DOT Region 3, and hosted by Clark Dvelopment Corporation.

In second place is University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion Adamson University, which beat Rizal Technological University, 7-3, scoring six runs in the final inning for its third win against a single loss with the possibility of the two Adamson teams battling it out for the other slot in the finals. Adamson Alumni was at 2-1 after its loss to UE.

In the women’s club division, Rizal Province also took the solo lead at 5-0, following its back-to-back wins over Central Luzon State University, 7-4, and a 7-0 shut-out of Tarlac with University of Sto. Tomas and Polytechnic University of the Philippines breathing down Rizal’s neck with similar 3-1 records.