National girls softball bash opens tomorrow

THE Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) completes its school-based girls’ softball developmental program as it opens the weeklong National Girls’ Secondary Softball tournament tomorrow in Marikina.

Presented by Cebuana Lhuillier, the tournament attracted 11 entries, including several provincial teams even as the organizers await confirmation from Zamboanga and Iloilo teams.

Teams competing are host Marikina, Antipolo, Pasig, Manila, Makati, La Salle-Zobel, Woodrose from Alabang, Muntinlupa, Rizal province, Nueva Ecija and two teams from Bulacan representing San Miguel and Sta. Maria.

“We are preparing our year round softball program for 2013, highlight of which is our participation in the Men’s World Softball Championship in New Zealand in March,” said ASAPHIL president Jean Henri Lhuillier.

PJL group of companies that includes Pera Padala, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Le Soleil de Boracay, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, and Phiten, is sponsoring the event.

Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman, together with ASAPHIL secretary general Danny Francisco will be the special guests during simple opening ceremonies at 11:00am at the Sto. Nino 1 park in Marikina.

Tournament format and schedule of games will depend on the actual number of teams participating, according to ASAPHIL’s Jun Veloso.