Adamson softbelles clinch semis berth

Publication: Tempo
Section: Sports
Date: October 18, 2012

Multi-titled Adamson University needed just three innings to score a 16-0 abbreviated win over Bulacan State University and claim the first semifinal slot in Group A of the Cebuana Lhuillier National Intercollegiate women’s softball championship at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City.

Barely twelve hours after dismantling Rizal Technological University, have 10-0, in the night cap of Day 2 Tuesday, the Lady Falcons were business as usual again as they overpowered their rivals in all departments to move within a game of sweeping the five-team Group A and formally advance to the crossover Final Four.

Meanwhile, Polytechnic University of the Philippines stunned last year’s runner up University of the East in a marathon eight-inning Group B contest.

The Bulakenas came back later in the day to claim their first win in three times up with a 6-3 spanking of St. Louie, which dropped to 0-3.

Adamson, which is seeking a grand slam of sort following its title wins in the UAAP and National Open, can sweep its group elims with a win over the La Salle batters today in the event sponsored by Cebuana Lhuillier, Cebuana Pera Padala, Le Soleil de Boracay, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Just Jewels and Phiten.

The San Marcelino-based Lady Falcons worked behind Julie Mari Muyco’s one-hit job and the 12 hits by her teammates to survive an early challenge by their rivals.

While Muyco was delivering her stuff, shortstop Queenie Sabobo, leftfielder Krisna Paguican, catcher Elvie Entrina and even their rookie teammates feasted on losing hurler Veronica Billeza.

It needed though the title defender four frames to finally disarmed Billeza, their teammates in Big League World Series champion Team Manila, who held her own in the first four innings where she limited the Lady Falcons to mere three hits and a run in that stretch.
Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines president Jean Henri Lhuillier, who arrived Tuesday from a business trip in Korea, expressed elation upon learning that 12 teams are taking part in the series known previously named the Ateneo Invitational Championship.

“Inter-Collegiate allows new young softball players to feel the field in a competitive level. Playing against and with some of the members of the Asia-Pacific women’s team is a good opportunity to learn more and improve their skills. Softball is a sport where the Philippines excel and ASAPHIL will continue to provide programs to support the potential of our youth in this sport,” Lhuillier said.