Adamson IX blanks St. Louie

Manila, Philippines – Rizza Bernardino, Julie Marie Muyco and Baby Jane Raro combined for a no-hit, no-run, no-error game as multi-titled Adamson University took only three innings in a 29-0 massacre of St. Louie University of Baguio City in the opening of the Cebuana Lhuilller National Inter-Collegiate women’s softball championship at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City.

Bernardino, best pitcher and MVP honoree in the recent Big League World Series won by Team Manila, retired the fi rst three St. Louie batters she faced in 1-2-3 order, and Muyco, the country’s top pitcher, and Raro duplicated the feat in their turn to man the mound as the Lady Falcons opened their bid for a threepeat in the annual tournament.

Making use of the second stringers in her star-laden lineup most of the time, practically all players Lady Falcons coach Ana Santiago fielded connected in a 16-hit attack against greenhorn Elizabeth Taynec, a 16-year-old engineering freshman at SLU.

Shortstop Queenie Sabobo went perfect in two trips to the plate and had one RBI. Rookie pinchiters Lorna Adorable and Andrea Mae Gonzales matched Sabobo’s two-for-two at bat although the duo did even better by driving five runs combined.

Luzviminda Embudo and Elvie Entrina, two of five members of the Philippine Blu Girls in coach Santiago’s roster, singled and doubled in a combined five runs between them to the delight of crowd that witnessed the inaugural rites of this 12-team, one-round series sponsored by Cebuana Lhuillier, Cebuana Pera Padala, Le Soleil de Boracay, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Just Jewels and Phiten.