May 3, 2012
University of the East (UE) found itself alone at the top of the women’s division after scoring back-to-back victories in contrasting fashion in the Cebuana Lhuillier Summer Grandslam National Softball Open Championships in Clark Field, Pampanga, on Wednesday.
The Lady Warriors came from behind to upset erstwhile co-leader Adamson University Alumni, 6-4, and later scored an abbreviated 11-0 triumph over Papua of Indonesia to remain unblemished in four matches. Against Adamson Alumni, the Lady Warriors needed a four-run explosion in the fourth inning before holding sway and playing solid defense the rest of the way to frustrate their rivals who are former varsity players and current members of the San Marcelino-based team, a perennial champion in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
Buoyed by that victory, the UE ladies were merciless against the Indonesians and wrested the top of the standings of the tournament, also sponsored by Cebuana Pera Padala, Just Jewels, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Phiten, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, Le Soleil de Boracay, TJ Hotdogs, PureFoods Chicken Nuggets, Smokey’s Sausages, Hungry Juan and Department of Tourism Region 3 and hosted by the Clark Development Corp.
The Adamson gals got a consolation of slots for the day when its regular team beat Rizal Technological University (RTU), 7-3 keep second place with a 3-1 won-lost record.
The Lady Falcons, however, had to labor in that victory as they needed to score six runs in the final frame to avoid the upset axe. Their effort put them ahead of the Alumni squad, which held a 2-1 record.
In women’s club action, Rizal Province took the solo lead with five-straight wins after disposing of Central Luzon State University, 7-4, and shutting out Tarlac, 7-0. Breathing down Rizal’s neck were University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) with similar 3-1 cards. UST downed the National Capital Region, 2-0, while PUP edged University of the Cordilleras-Baguio, 4-2. NCR and CLSU were tied for fourth with 2-2 records.
The men’s open division saw previously unbeaten teams Kensei of Brunei and Philippine Army yielding for the first time in the tournament.
Air Force nipped Kensei, 3-1, and coupled by its 7-2 triumph over RTU shared the lead with Zamboanga and Army, which took its first loss at the hands of RTU, 8-1. The Armymem stayed in the thick of the fight with a 1-0 squeaker over Navy-General Trias also on Wednesday. The leaders are toting similar 3-1 records apiece.
Laguna and Marikina, meanwhile, looked headed to a title showdown in the men’s division after both teams remained unbeaten entering the crucial stretch of the tournament.
Laguna bagged its fourth-straight win, a 7-0 shutout of Bulacan State University, while Marikina plastered Angeles in a 5-1 decision.