2 PH teams fall in world series

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Team Manila and Laguna suffered a pair of heartbreaking defeats in their respective divisions yesterday in the Softball World Series in Sussex County, Delaware.


The defending Big League champion Manila softbelles lost a three-run lead by surrendering eight runs in the sixth innings to absorb a 10-5 setback to Jessup, Pennsylvania while Laguna dropped a 1-0 thriller that lasted eight innings at the hands of Milford, Delaware in the Senior League tilt.

Manila fell to an even 1-1 record in Pool B of the Big League tourney while Laguna remained winless through two games in the Senior League’s Pool A.

Angelie Ursabia gave Manila a 5-2 lead when she slammed a three-run home run off Jessup pitcher Alissa Steier with one-out in the bottom half of the fifth inning but relief pitcher Baby Jane Raro couldn’t preserve the team’s precious lead in the sixth.

Meanwhile, Laguna battled Milford to a scoreless tie after seven innings to force an extra frame but it was the latter which went home with the victory when reliever Genella Cruz yielded a Jenna Campbell single that scored Megan Fry from third with two outs in the eighth.

The loss wasted another solid performance by Laguna pitcher Gazelle Dilay, who struck out seven batters in seven innings. (Manila Bulletin)

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