MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ Blu Girls ended a four-game skid by defeating world No. 10 Mexico, 4-2, in the World Cup of Softball XII on Saturday at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City.
The Philippine softball team was tied with Mexico, 2-2, until the top of the sixth when they pulled away thanks to Francesca Altomonte, who hit a homer to drive in two runs and seal the win.
“The Blu Girls have been putting up a great fight against some tough opponents in the World Cup of Softball,” said Asaphil president Jean Henri Lhuillier.
“Their performance in this tournament has proven that they are ready to face the toughest international teams, and are continuously improving to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” he added.
The Blu Girls, ranked 17th in the world, opened their campaign by stunning 4th ranked Australia, 7-5, last Wednesday.
The Blu Girls are now hoping to sustain their momentum as they head to the Canada Cup International Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia.
There, they will play Pakistan and host Canada on July 11, and Chinese Taipei on July 12.
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.
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