Lady Falcons cop softball title

Published : Monday, October 22, 2012
Written by : Eddie Alinea

SHORTSTOP Quennie Sabobo blasted a solo lead-off home run at the top of the first inning and Julie Mari Muyco struck out the first two batters as Adamson University routed Rizal Technological University, 11-3, in five innings to win the Cebuana Lhuillier National Intercollegiate Women’s Softball Championship in back-to-back fashion yesterday at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City.

Muyco, younger sister of the country’s former no. 1 pitcher Cloiene, designated player Analie Benjamin and Rizza Bernardino picked up from where Sabobo left at the plate driving in three runs, two runs and three runs, respectively in a sheer show of offensive might by the Lady Falcons.

The now-20-year-old Muyco from Bacolod City, also stood high at the mound, limiting the Mandaluyong sluggers to just four hits, while striking out four more in an outstanding show of her pitching prowess that mesmerized the crowd.

Bernardino, hero of Adamson’s elimination sweep and semifinal rounds, went three-for-three at bat with a pair of singles and a triple, while Benjamin was three-of-four with another three-base hit as they made mincemeat of Malous Garcia’s variety of pitches.

Benjamin’s two extra base hit in the opening frame saw the Lady Falcons, winners of this tournament last year as well as the National Open and the UAAP, roared to a 2-0 lead which bloated to 4-0 on a single each by Bernardino and leftfielder Luzviminda Embudo.

The Lady Falcons, four of whom are members of the PH BLu Girls and five of Big League World Series titleholder Team Manila, never looked back after that even as RTU showed some flashes of brilliance scoring a pair at the bottom of the second.

“Magandang tuneup ito para sa UAAP where we are also defending our crown,” said Adamson’s multi-titled coach Ana Santiago, who collected her 20th championship as a head coach.

“Maganda naman kasi ang recruitment program ng Adamson at talagang binibigyan kami ng management ng exposure sa mga local and even international tournaments. We owe our recent successes sa programa ng school,” added Santiago, who also guided the Manila Golden Girls to the country’s first Big League World Series championship two months ago in Kalamazoo, Michigan said.