Grand Slam matches heat up

The Rizal Technological University men’s team matched its counterpart’s strong start in the 10th Summer Grand Slam tournament as it crushed Lipa City, Batangas, 5-0, at the Batangas Sports Complex, which got under way in Batangas City yesterday.

San Rafael, Bulacan also came away with an emphatic 12-2 rout of Montalban, Rizal in men’s Division B of the country’s premier softball tournament sanctioned by the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines.

The Benguet Phantoms joined the assault of the fancied teams as they fashioned out a 7-0 victory over the Alabang Coaches heading to the crucial stretch of the week-long tournament that features the country’s top teams in the men’s and women’s Open and the men’s and women’s Club.

Teams from Malaysia and Indonesia are also competing in the event along with last year’s champions Adamson University (women’s Open), University of the Philippines (women’s Club), San Antonio (men’s Club) and the Philippine Air Force (men’s Open).

“It’s great that we have already reached the 10th year of the Summer Grand Slam. It has been a great decade of sportsmanship and excellence. This year, we have a crop of formidable teams and players and I know that the matches will only get even more exciting day by day,” said Asaphil president Jean Henri Lhuillier.