RP Blu Girls stun no.4 Australia in World Cup of Softball
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 07, 2017 05:51 PM
After upsetting Australia, the Blu Girls are determined to show their best against top-ranked Japan, Canada and Puerto Rico which they all play on Friday.
The 17th ranked Philippine women’s softball team stunned world no. 4 Australia, 7-5 to regain their footing after an opening-day drubbing from team USA at the World Cup of Softball XII on Wednesday (Thursday PHL time) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
The Filipinas started strong behind Arianne Vallestero’s three RBIs in the first inning and Dani Gilmore’s solo home run.
Kailey Cuico stretched the Blu Girls’ advantage in the second inning after driving in three runs to secure the Philippines’ upset win.
“Our RP Blu Girls is off to an impressive start,” said Asaphil president Jean Henri Lhuillier. “They've just beaten world no. 4 Australia and likewise put up a gallant stand against 2nd-ranked USA. All the training and preparations are now paying off. I know our team will pull off more surprise wins in their coming games.”
After upsetting Australia, the Blu Girls will need to summon all their skills and determination on Friday, July 7, as they square off with top-ranked Japan, 3rd ranked Canada, and world no. 7 Puerto Rico, all in the same day.
Even with the grueling schedule ahead, the team’s backer knows all of this is for a better finish, and for a better future for Pinoy softball.
"I believe we have what it takes to come up with our best ever finish in the World Cup. All these are geared towards our 2020 Tokyo Olympics goal," Lhuillier said.
The national team is composed of Gabrielle Maurice, Dani Gilmore, Chelsea Suitos, Sierra Lange, Garie Blando, Hailey Decker, Skylynne Ellazar, Kailey Cuico Riflayca Basa, Angeli Ursabia, Mary Luisse Garde, Cristy Roa, Dione Macasu, Francesca Altomonte, Arianne Vallestero, Ma. Celestine Palma, Lorna Adorable, Shaira Damasing, Mia Macapagal, Reese Guevarra, Riezel Calumbres, Lovely Arago, and Lyca Basa.
Succeeding games are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, will be against the United States Junior Women’s National Team and 10th ranked Mexico respectively.