San Mateo rules national secondary schools girls' softball championship



By Lito Cinco | Posted on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:01am | 280 views

Women’s softball is one sport where the Philippines has made a name for itself at the world level, particularly in the ‘70s with the Blu Girls of Governor Eulogio Rodriguez finishing 3rd in the Second World Women’s Softball Championship.

At the regional level, the Blu Girls have always been a powerhouse, winning the SEA Games women’s softball with regularity up to the present.

To promote the sport Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL ), headed by Jean Henri Lhuillier, held the national girls’ secondary softball championships at the Sto. Nino softball park in Marikina.

The week-long competition resumed a tournament that was last held ten years ago, according to ASAPHIL Executive Vice-President Atty. Ato Rivera.

This year, a total of ten teams from Metro Manila and nearby-provinces joined the tournament. Leading the teams was the Southern Tagalog Calabarzon Athletic Association girls’ softball champions San Mateo National High School.

Leading the participants were teams from public high schools including Antonio Villegas High School from Tondo as well as teams from Makati, Pasig, Marikina, Nueva Ecija, San Miguel Bulacan, and Sta. Maria, also from Bulacan.

Woodrose from Muntinlupa and De La Salle-Zobel provided the glamour with their mestiza and English-speaking players who played with equal gusto as their public school counterparts.

Woodrose coach Nina Serafico and some parents who came to cheer their kids said many of her players have been playing the game since elementary days.

“Our school is a small one and practically all the students know each other. It has become point for them to be in the softball team. We play in regional meets including the Palarong Pambansa representing Muntinlupa,” said Serafico.

Woodrose bowed down to San Mateo, 0-9, in a game featuring the top two teams, with San Mateo advancing to the finals. Woodrose had another chance to advance to championship as it played Manila, which finished third in the elimination.

Manila dashed the hopes of Woodrose, winning 11-4 to complete Manila’s comeback. With just an hour’s rest after its game against Woodrose, Manila went up against the well-rested San Mateo team.

Setting the tone right from the start, San Mateo blanked Manila while scoring 4 runs in the first inning, and duplicated it in the second inning for a commanding 8-0 lead. San Mateo wrapped up the abbreviated finals in the 4th inning with two runs for the final of 10-0.

With the victory San Mateo claimed the Cebuana Lhuillier National Inter-secondary Girls’ Softball championship in an awesome display of skills. Lhuillier has already committed to continue the tournament as the NSA’s grassroots program for girls’ softball.

Atty. Rivera, a bonafide softball lover, had to overcome plenty of hurdles to help the San Mateo team which he has maintained. For the past nine years, he has spent his own money for the players’ board and lodging.

Atty. Rivera, a bonafide softball lover, had to overcome plenty of hurdles to help the San Mateo team which he has maintained. For the past nine years, he has spent his own money for the players’ board and lodging.

“What is good is these young players get a chance to continue their college education for free. For some of them, they may even make it to the national team.”

Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/01/27/san-mateo-rules-national-secondary-schools-girls-softball-championship/