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PH routs South Korea to advance in Women’s Softball Asia Cup

The Philippines bounced back from a loss to China with an impressive 11-1 victory over South Korea in the WBSC Women's Softball Asia Cup Thursday at the Pingtan Softball Stadium in Fujian Province, China.

Members of the Philippine team react after beating South Korea in the WBSC Women’s Softball Asia Cup Thursday at the Pingtan Softball Stadium in Fujian Province, China.

The win catapulted the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed team to the Super Round after finishing the group stage with a 2-1 record behind unbeaten China (3-0).

South Korea (1-2) and Hong Kong (0-3), the two other teams in Group A, were relegated in the Placement Round.

The Philippines opened the tournament with a 7-0 victory over Hong Kong but bowed to China, 0-11, in the second game.

“Losing 0-11 against China was a tough blow, but what defines a team is how they bounce back. I'm incredibly proud of how our girls fought back to dominate South Korea,” said Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (Asaphil) president Jean Henri Lhuillier.

“This team embodies the spirit of Philippine softball, relentless and resilient to rise to any challenge that comes their way.”

Also at stake in the tournament are three slots to the Under-18 Women's Softball World Cup to be held in 2024.

Joining the Philippines and China in the Super Round are Group B leaders Japan (3-0) and Chinese-Taipei (2-1).

Singapore (2-1) and India (0-3), meanwhile, will join South Korea and Hong Kong in the Placement Round.

In the Super Round, the Philippines will battle Japan on Friday afternoon and Chinese-Taipei on Saturday.

The championship game and the battle for third place will take place on Sunday.

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 and the pitching coach Kaith Ezra Jalandoni.

Credit belongs to : www.manilatimes.net

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