The 10-peat seeking Philippine Blu Girls swept their two-game assignments on Monday as they poised to dominate anew the Southeast Asian Games softball tournament at the rain-soaked New Clark City ballpark in Capas, Tarlac.
The Blu Girls, preserving their reputation as the only unbeaten contingent in any team sports each edition of the once every-two-year conclave softball is played hardly exerted efforts in shutting out Singapore, 6-o, and Malaysia, 8-1, both in abbreviated fashions.
That moved head coach Randy Dizer’s Golden Girls two more triumphs away from claiming a seat in the four-team page system semifinal round.
Not to be outdone, the Girls’ men’s counterparts, the Blu Boys, massacred Thailand, 11-0, also in a shortened five-inning encounter.
In baseball, in the Philippines called on Filipino-American hurler Miguel Salud in a victory over Thailand.
Salud induced the Thais to a double play with two on at the top of the ninth inning, then struck out the enemies’ last batter to lead the hosts opened their campaign, likewise, on a bright note.
Against the Singaporeans, the Blu Girls raced home twice each in the third and fourth frames to douse cold water to whatever intentions the opposition had to erase the ignominy of losing to the defending champs nine times in as many times they met in the past.
Allowing the Malaysians score first in the opening period made Dizer not satisfied with the Blu Girls lopsided win, though.
“Not that I’m unhappy with the result, but to play that way, I think we have to adjust immediately, “ Dizer told this writer in a long distance telephone interview.
“This is a short tournament and I don’t want to happen our 2005 experience when, although we retained the championship, we lost a game that tainted our erstwhile clean win-loss record rights before our countrymen,” he reasoned out.
“Alam mo naman lahat ng SEA Games na nilaro ang softball, the Philippines hadn’t lost a single game, except noon nga na dito pa ginawa,” he bewailed. “Ayokong mangyari uli yun.”
Ex-UAAP baseball tournament Finals MVP Jerome Yenson of Adamson University belted out a two-run double at the bottom of the second that keyed off the Philippines, come-from behind victory in baseball.
Yenson’s two RBIs, two-base hit drove home Mark Manaig and Ferdinand Liguayan, who were on first and second bases.
Blu Boys fastballer Rey Aliling pitched a one-hitter and ageless Apolonio Rosales and Jerome Bacarisas cracked a homerun each right in a five-run in the opening frame that spelled the hosts’ win via a 10-run mercy rule.
EDDIE G. ALINEA
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