Brunei IX clinches finals berth

Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE visiting Brunei team of Kensei claimed the first finals slot in the men’s Open division of the Cebuana Lhuillier Summer Grandslam National Softball Open at Clarkfield, Pampanga.

Kensei formalized its entry into the championships with an abbreviated 10-0 victory of Zamboanga City in only four innings. Kensei punctuated the massacre by a six-run scoring spree in the third inning that put them ahead 10-0.

Earlier, Kensei set the tone with three runs right in the first inning, followed by another run in the second. The team finished with seven wins against a single loss.

Meanwhile, Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force are contesting the other finals slot. The result, however, will have to be decided off the field since a protest was filed after the game by the Armymen for alleged illegal batting against JK.Com Zamboanga.

In the women's side of the competition, University of the East, piloted by Blu Girl Joy Lasquite, barged into the Finals right on its maiden appearance in the tournament and will go up against the Adamson University Alumni team handled by national coach Ana Santiago.

“First time namin sumali dito sa national Open kaya di namin expected umabot kami sa finals pero nandito na rin lang, pangatatawanan na namin,” said Lasquite.

“Maganda ang laban na ito, parehong me kalibre ang teams namin, tinalo namin sila sa UAAP pero mga close games, " said Santiago, whose team bowed to UE in the elimination round of the tournament sponsored by Cebuana Pera Padala, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Phiten, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Just Jewels, Le Soleil de Boracay, TJ Hotdogs, Purefoods Chicken Nuggets, Smokey's Sausages, Hungry Juan, DOT Region 3,hosted by the Clark Development Corporation , and organized by the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL).

Marikina, which swept the elimination round in the men's club division, will gun for the crown against Laguna in the club competition. Laguna finished with a 4-2 win-loss record, while a triple tie ensued among Angeles, Bulacan, and Pampanga for the third and fourth slots.

In the distaff side, Rizal has a lock at the top spot regardless of the result of its game against NCR.

All the championship games will be played this morning.