Kensei, Adamson cop crowns

THE VISITING team from Brunei, Kensei, leaned on Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner Apolinario Rosales and best pitcher Canadian Jeffrey Farion in posting an emphatic 5-1 victory over Philippine Army even as Adamson got back at University of the East, 3-1, to win the men’s and women’s Open division championships at the close of the 2012 Cebuana Lhuillier Summer Grandslam National Softball Open at Clarkfield in Pampanga Saturday.

Rosales, who also got the best Slugger and the most number of home runs (five), scored three runs to highlight Kensei’s dominating performance. Kensei stormed to a 5-0 lead before the Armymen claimed their first and only run in the sixth.

Adamson University's Alumni team had a more difficult time against University of the East, which earlier had swept the elimination round.

The Lady Falcons needed two runs in the final inning to eke out the tense victory courtesy of Ching Belleza and Marissa De La Cruz.

Adamson’s Rizza Bernardino, a former Athlete of the Year in the UAAP, won the Best Pitcher award while Joy Lasquite of UE emerged MVP.

“It was a tough fight, both teams deserved to win. I told my players at the start of the inning na kayo na mag-decide kung paano ninyo gusto mag end yung game. Play as winners or play as losers,” said Falcons’ coach Ana Santiago.

Rizal Technological University (RTU) had a podium finish as it bludgeoned Philippine Air Force (PAF) 5 - 1 to take third place in the men's open division.

UAAP champion Adamson University denied the visiting Papua Province team from Indonesia of a podium finish, winning 8-5 to wind up third in the tournament sponsored by Cebuana Pera Padala, Just Jewels, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Phiten, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Le Soleil de Boracay, Hungry Juan, TJ Hotdogs, Purefoods Chicken Nuggets, and hosted by Clark Development Corporation.

The men's Club division title, meanwhile, went to Laguna, which nipped Marikina 2 -1. The Women’s Club championship went to Rizal, which beat Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), 5-3, while University of Sto. Tomas (UST) beat NCR 12-10 in 10 innings to take third place.