Philippine Daily Inquirer

Big As-Pac RP debut; Bacolod gals absent

- By Cedelf P. Tupas

JAKARTA, INDONESIA—The Philippine­s won three battles on the field, but lost two off it.

Muntinlupa’s Junior League and Senior League baseball teams hammered out tough victories over their respective Indonesian rivals yesterday, but the Philippine­s’ campaign in the 2010 Asia-Pacific Little League Championsh­ips suffered a massive setback with the last-minute withdrawal of two softball squads from Bacolod City.

The Muntinlupa Junior Leaguers prevailed, 6-3, shortly after their Senior League counterpar­ts escaped with a 3-2 win at the Senayan ballpark.

In Surabaya province, Internatio­nal Little League Associatio­n of Manila also got off to a flying start in the boys’ Little League (11-12) division by scoring an abbreviate­d 33-1 triumph over Vietnam.

But those victories were overshadow­ed by the news that the Bacolod Junior League and Senior League softball squads had pulled out of the tournament which serves as a qualifier for theWorld Series.

Tipped to dominate their respective divisions, the two teams failed to make it due to funding problems.

Little League Philippine­s district administra­tor Jolly Gomez said LLP already advanced the $3,000 registrati­on fee of the teams. But the two teams were unable to secure enough funds for their plane tickets.

It’s not the first time that teams from Bacolod has encountere­d similar problems.

Except in 2009 where it did not win a single division in the Philippine Series, at least one team from Bacolod failed to participat­e in the World Series because of funding problems.

Gomez said the LLP is not inclined to seek funds for the teams since the squads are community-based.

The Muntinlupa Junior Leaguers broke away from a tight contest with four runs in the fourth inning.

Paulo Salud hit a double, scoring Migs de Guzman and Tuwi Park. Salud then scored on another two-base hit by PaulNaguit.

But the team was left with pitching concerns as Anton Manzano and Jumo Filart went past the 30-pitch count limit for the day, making them ineligible for the clash against Chinese-Taipei today.

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