Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS -

HEMET, CAL­I­FOR­NIA— Team Manila–Philippines bat­tles de­fend­ing cham­pion Cen­tral Hemet Xplozion in the ti­tle match Sun­day (3 a.m. Mon­day in Manila) in the 2017 Pony In­ter­na­tional 18-U Girls Soft­ball World Se­ries at Di­a­mond Val­ley Park here.

Manila topped its pool in the group com­pe­ti­tion with a 4-0 record af­ter beat­ing the East Hemet Scream­ing Ea­gles in just four in­nings, 10-0.

Pitcher Alma Tauli again de­liv­ered a ster­ling per­for­mance with four strike outs and four no run in­nings, plac­ing the 16year-old stun­ner from Norza­garay, Bu­la­can, as one of the best pitch­ers in the Se­ries.

At the bot­tom of the first in­ning, short stop An­gelu Gabriel had a run off an RBI by cen­ter fielder Chris­tine Bautista to put the Softbelles ahead, 1–0.

Then at the bot­tom of the sec­ond, right fielder Khrisha Can­tor and catcher Al­iza Pi­chon both had one run each through a hit by left fielder Jo­jielyn Lim to com­plete a two-run play for a 3–0 lead.

Manila scored two other runs cour­tesy of third base­man Madae­lene Du­maog and Can­tor off an RBI by first base­man Kevyn Lac­son who also had a run off a hit by Lim at the bot­tom of the third.

Three more runs were scored by the Softbelles cour­tesy of Bautista off an RBI by sec­ond base­man Therese Ma­casaet, who in turn had a run her­self off a hit by Can­tor, who scored through a catch­ing er­ror to seal the match, 10-0.

Kevyn Lac­son: Stand­out

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