UE faces Adamson for crown

Manila Standard Today
May 4, 2012

University of the East completed a sweep of the elimination round in the 2012 Cebuana Lhuillier Summer Grand Slam National Softball Open in Clark Field, Pampanga with an abbreviated, five-inning 7-0 shutout win over the visiting Papua Province team for its fifth straight victory.

UE will meet the Adamson Alumni team in a championship match tomorrow.

After peppering the Indonesians right from the bottom of the first inning with four runs that started with a hit by Marlyn Francisco sending Jennifer Singh to home plate, UE had its batters exploding again with three more runs in the fifth inning to finish the game in regulation.

The Adamson Alumni team, meanwhile, formalized its seat in the finals with a 3-0 shutout win over Rizal Technological University, scoring its first run in the second inning by Rizza Bernardino courtesy an RBI by Karen Aribal.

But it was only at the top of the sixth inning, with the score at 1-0 and after a tongue-lashing from coach Ana Santiago, when the Alumni team buckled down to work. They scored two runs by Emma Dehita and Elma Parohinog, while pitcher Vicky Rose Belleza retired the Indonesian batters in the last two innings to seal the victory.

Collegiate champion Adamson University will meet the Papua Province team for third place, with the Indonesians parading the Blu Girls’ duo of Esmeralda Tayag and Dione Macasu in their line-up.

The men’s division of the tournament, also sponsored by Cebuana Pera Padala, Just Jewels, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Phiten, Le Soleil de Boracay, TJ Hotdogs, Purefoods Chicken Nuggets, Hungry Juan, Smokey’s Sausages, DOT Region 3, and hosted by the Clark Development Corporation, is all muddled up with five teams fighting for the top slots, where the first and second placed teams automatically meet for the championship tomorrow.