MABALACAT, PAMPANGA — After four years, the Philippine National Softball Teams are back in the Southeast Asian Games. And both the Blu Girls and the Blu Boys dominated.
The women’s side went to 2-0 after dominant wins over Singapore and Malaysia, while the men’s squad blasted Thailand, Monday at the Villages.
Blu Girls rookie pitcher Royevel Palma steered the Blu Girls to a 6-0 shutout of Singapore to open the day.
Palma allowed just four hits in the contest. However, Blu Girls head coach Randy Dizer lamented how the offense could not get going. The high-octane squad only had eight hits in the game — including two from Angelu Gabrial and a triple by MJ Maguad.
“We are not happy. Even the team is not happy as far as they are concerned. For us to do that, they have to adjust right away. Adjustment is the key,” said Dizer.
And so in the second game, the Filipinas wasted no time blasting Malaysia, 8-1, in just six innings.
Lyca Basa pitched in the contest, while Angelie Ursabia slammed a homerun in the third inning.
The Blu Boys, on the other hand, peppered Thailand with 13 hits en route to an 11-0 fifth inning win.
“Masayang-masaya dahil naipakita namin ang paghahanda namin ay nasulit. Ito ay magre-reflect mga laban namin sa mga susunod na pagkakataon,” said team manager Ofring Dela Cruz.
Michael Pagkalinawan had two RBIs in the game, while Apol Rosales and Jerome Bacarisas both had a home run each.
Rey Aliling allowed just one hit in six innings pitched.
Dela Cruz hopes that the team can ride on this heading into their game against Indonesia tomorrow at 10:00 am.
“Kung maganda ang simula, maganda ang mga kasunod. Nakita namin ang pinaghirapan ng mga bata, lumalabas during the game.”
The Blu Girls, on the other hand, face Indonesia at 11:30 am.