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PH dominates Hong Kong in U-18 Women’s Softball Asia Cup

The Philippines blasted Hong Kong, 7-0, to jumpstart its campaign in the Under-18 Women's Softball Asia Cup on Tuesday, August 29, in Fujian Province, China.

The Filipinos opened the game with back-to-back runs in the first inning and peppered their opponent with five more runs in the fourth to book an emphatic win on opening day.

“This is the fruit of all the hard work and effort that the athletes and coaching staff have undergone over the last few months. I hope this will serve as the momentum we need to carry Team Philippines all the way to the finals and that we secure a ticket to the World Cup,” said Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (Asaphil) president Jean Henri Lhuillier.

The Philippine women’s under-18 team CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Asia Cup is a qualifying tournament for the Under-18 Women's Softball World Cup to be held in 2024.

The Philippines, ranked fourth in the Asian Region behind top seed Japan, No. 2 Chinese Taipei and No. 3 China, is vying for one of the three available tickets for the 2024 World Cup.

The Philippines and Hong Kong are bracketed in Group A along with China and South Korea while Japan, Chinese Taipei, India and Singapore are pooled in Group B.

The group stage is a round-robin format with the top two countries from each bracket advancing in the Super Round and the remaining countries battling it out in the Placement Round.

The Philippines will face China on Wednesday, August 30, and South Korea on Thursday, August 31.

The Philippine under-18 team is composed of Daniela Cabangon, Che-Restcel Dela Cruz, Jeryll Duller, Ciarina Daniela Eder, Shein Espinosa, Trisha Karyl Hicayen, Angelica Jean Latriz, Rhea Manalo, Magdalene Nangan, Eileen Polvorido and Laira Dianne Silverio.

Head coach is Ma. Lizviminda Jalandoni.

Credit belongs to : www.manilatimes.net

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