Blu Girls campaign at World Cup of Softball
The Philippine women’s softball team widely known as Blu Girls started their campaign at the World Cup of Softball IX with a win against Venezuela at the Bill Barber Park in Irvine, California, USA last Tuesday morning.
Fil-American Francesca Foti debuted in grand fashion, hurling a five-hitter as the Philippine Blu Girls blanked Venezuela, 3-0, to jumpstart their title campaign.
One of seven Fil-Ams in the squad, Foti allowed just one batter in scoring position as she retired 13 of the last 14 batters to power the Blu Girls to a rousing start in their first-ever World Cup stint.
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) product got the needed run support even before she threw her first pitch as fellow Fil-Am Leia Ruiz scored on an RBI single by Garie Blando.
Ruiz hit a leadoff single, reached second on a wild pitch before advancing to third on an illegal pitch.
Cheska Altomonte of Ateneo made it 2-0 in the upper half of the second inning as she singled home Gabrielle Rodas, who earlier drew a walk.
Dani Gilmore, also a Fil-Am, settled the final count in the fifth on a two-out single that drove in Adamson’s Luzviminda Embudo from third.
On day 2 of the tournament, the Blu Girls crumbled, as the Canadian blanked the Filipinas softbelles, 7-0.
With Canada’s win over the Philippines, they now lead the scoreboard with two wins and zero loss after day 2 of action; followed by USA and Mexico with one win and zero loss records.
Philippines and Japan tied in third place with one win and one loss, followed by Venezuela with a win and 2 losses.
Chinese Taipei on the other hand is at the bottom of the scoreboard with zero win and 2 losses.
Top 2 teams will play for the championship game on July 14, while 3rd and 4th rank will play for the bronze also on the same day.
The Blu Girls, who are using the tourney to prepare for the Incheon Asian Games, will have a busy day tomorrow where they face the leading team, Canada, at 2:00am Manila time; and then will see action again at against USA at 10:00am.
You can watch the Blue Girls in action tomorrow at this Live Streaming link.
Photo Credit : Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines FB Page