The Philippine women’s softball team widely known as the Blu Girls will see action at the 11th Asian Women’s Softball Championships in Kaoshiung, Taiwan scheduled on November 24-28; which is Asian qualifying event of the 14th World Women’s Softball Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands slated on August 15-24, 2014.
The Blu Girls will rely on the speed and energy of the squad composed mostly of youth and 2011 SEA Games veteran.
“Ten of the players are 2011 Southeast Asian Games veterans who won the gold medal in the Indonesia. Some of them are also Little League World Series veterans. They has been training together since August. Their strengths are their youthfulness, speed and energy. Hopefully we will be able to advance to the world championship,” said Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASA-Phil) operations manager Ismael Veloso.
The team include right/ center fielder Sarah Agravante, third baseman Karin Arebal, left fielder Elma Parohinog, center fielder Luzviminda Embudo, fruirst baseman Alexandra Zuluaga, short stopper/catcher Marlyn Francisco, catcher/ third baseman Kriska Piad, pitchers Annalie Benjamin, Julie Marie Muyco at Veronica Belleza; pitcher/1st baseman Rizza Bernardo, right fielder Shaira Damasing, first/third baseman Arianne Valestero, lft fielder Lorna Adorable, right fielder/2nd basemanAngelie Ursabia and center fielder/right fielder Cristy Joy Roa.
The team is coached by Ana Ma. Santiago, Venerando Dizer, Noel Bumagat at Ulyses Mejia.
They will be competing with five other countries in Asia, namely China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong.
The Pinay clouters ranked 5th in the 2011 edition in Taiwan, while they ranked 4th in the 2007 edition in Indonesia.
Philippine only won this Asian tourney once, in 1972 in Manila, and finished first runner-up twice in 1967 and 1969.