Adamson, Lakidende strike again

Defending women’s champion Adamson University and Indonesian team Lakidende struck again yesterday, posting their second straight victories to show the way after two days of action in the ASAPHIL-organized Summer Grandslam National Softball Open championship at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

The multi-titled Adamson squad proved too tough for Chikara team from Brunei, 8-1, while the Indonesians blanked Rizal Technological University 3-0, to gain a share of the lead in the week-long tournament backed by Cebuana Lhuillier, Phiten, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Just Jewels, Pera Padala, and Le Soleil de Boracay.

Also in the women’s open category, RTU leaned on a grandslam by Gina Bacus at the bottom of the 8th inning to shock National University, 3-2, and even its record at 1 – 1. Chikara (0-1) and NU (0-2) are at the bottom of the division.

Idle-UP-Diliman is in second behind Adamson in the women’s open division after debuting with a 3-1 win over RTU.

Philippine Air Force Team-1 occupies second place in the men’s open division following back to back wins over RTU, 3-2, and a forfeited win over Cebu to make up for its 5-6 loss to Laidende.

PAF-2 is at 1-1, winning its first game, a 4-3 decision over RTU but bowing down to Cebu 2- 6 in its second game. Cebu is tied with PAF-2 at 1-1 while RTU still has to win after three starts.

In the women’s club division, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is leading Group A after posting back- to- back wins over Sta. Maria, Bulacan, 13-0 and a young Cabiao National High School team from Nueva Ecija, 10-3.

Laguna and Adamson University are within striking distance with similar 1-0 win-loss slates, with the former defeating Cavite ,10-2, and the latter blanking Sta. Maria, Bulacan, 18-0.

Ateneo de Manila, Bulacan State University (BSU), and Davao, and University of Sto. Tomas are bunched up in first place with similar 1-0 records, University of the Cordilleras-Baguio is at 2- 1 while Makati and De la Salle-Zobel hug the cellar with 0 – 2 and 0 -3 records, respectively.

Men’s club division leaders are Marikina, which beat Pampanga 4-1, PUP, a 10-3 winner over Pampanga, Libjo-Batangas, which edged out Pasig 4-3, and Ateneo Coaches, a13-2 winner over Agoncillo, Batangas.