Blu Girls upend Canada
THE Philippine Blu Girls continued to dish out top form, humbling world No. 3 Canada , 6-2, at the start of the Canada Cup International Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia Tuesday.
The 17th-ranked Blu Girls kept the momentum of their back-to-back wins over the Mexico side to close out their seventh-place finish in last week’s World Cup of Softball XII, outclassing the hosts early in Pool B of the 15-team field.
They battered the Canadians with 10 hits and scored a pair of runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings to set the tone for the surprise rout.
“I’m so elated with this win by the Blu Girls over powerhouse Canada and I hope they will sustain their form as they slug it out with the other top teams in the world,” said AsaPhil president Jean Henri Lhuillier.
Francesca Altomonte sparked the Blu Girls’ charge, scoring with her two-out, two-run homer on top of the second inning.
The hosts scored on an RBI single by Larissa Franklin in the bottom half but the Blu Girls countered with a two-run single from Garie Blando in the next frame.
Victoria Hayward’s single netted Canada another run but Dani Gilmore and Hailey Decker hit back-to-back run-scoring singles in the fourth to give the Phl a four-run cushion, 6-2.
Mia Macapagal and sub Sierra Lange then shut down Canada in the next 3 1/2 frames to seal the big win for the Blu Girls.
“The Blu Girls have proven that their wins versus world number 4 Australia and world number 10 Mexico were not a fluke. I’ve never doubted that softball is the team sport that we can be at par with the world’s best. This is a big boost to our bid to qualifying in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” added Lhuillier.
In other results, Australia trounced Venezuela 3-1, Mexico shut out Quebec Rebelles 10-0, and Japan blasted NJCAA 14-2.