Junior Blu Girls gear up for Asian softball challenge

Date Published: May 09, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines faces a stiff challenge from seven of the region's strongest junior softball teams in the seventh Asian Junior (19-and-under) Women's Softball Championship, set for May 13 at The Villages Softball Field in Clark, Pampanga.

The Junior Blu Girls have a busy schedule as they will take on China in Game 1, then face Thailand in Game 5.

Other countries participating in the week-long meet are Chinese-Taipei, India, South Korea, Malaysia, and powerhouse Japan.

The country will be hosting the event for the first time under the leadership of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (AsaPhil), headed by president and long-time sports patron Jean Henri Lhuillier.

"We have consistently displayed a strong showing in softball across all fronts in the past years, even surprising other Asian countries and winning their admiration and respect," said Lhuillier.

He was referring to the Blu Girls' silver medal in the 11th Asian Women's Softball Championship in Taiwan and the Blu Boys' silver medal in the 10th Asian Men's Softball Championship in Indonesia.

"While I expect the team to dish out its best, I also urge our young players to serve as gracious hosts and comrades to the visiting teams," he added.

In other opening day matches, fancied Japan will play against Malaysia and Korea.

Meanwhile, Cabuyao survived Agoncillo, Batangas, 9-8, in the semifinals then routed Pasig, 13-6, to retain the National 19-U Men's Softball Championship crown at the Sto. Niño Softball Field in Marikina recently.

Agoncillo outclassed Rizal Technological University to clinch third place honors in the event presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and sanctioned by AsaPhil.

Source: news.abs-cbn.com

7th Asian Junior Women’s Softball Championship is supported by Cebuana Lhuillier , PAGCOR , Foton , HMR , Turf Company , Clark Water , Smart , Genesis Bus , TV5 , Royce Hotel