Jr Blu Girls gear up for Asian Softball tilt

Date Published: ay 9, 2018

The Philippines braces for a stiff challenge from seven of the region’s strongest junior softball squads when the seventh Asian Junior (19-and-under) Women’s Softball Championship is fired off May 13 at The Villages Softball Field in Clark, Pampanga.

The Junior Girls drew a busy schedule right in the opener as they will take on the Chinese side in Game One and will face the Thais 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 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 front in the past years, even surprising the other Asian countries and winning their admiration and respect,” said Lhuillier, referring to the Blu Girls’ back-to-back victories in 2017, a silver medal in the 11th Asian Women’s Softball Championship in Taiwan, and the Blu Boys’ silver medal feat in the 10th Asian Men’s Softball Championship in Indonesia.

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

Organized by AsaPhil for the Softball Confederation of Asia and the World Baseball and Softball Confederation, the event is backed by the Cebuana Lhuillier Sports, the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“While I expect the team to dish out its best, I also urge our young players to likewise serve as gracious hosts and comrades to the visiting teams,” said Lhuillier.

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 U to clinch third place honors in the event presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and sanctioned by AsaPhil.

Source: manilatimes.net

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