Smokey Mountain nine wrests Senior League title | Inquirer Sports

Smokey Mountain nine wrests Senior League title

By: - Editor / @RLuarcaINQ
/ 02:40 AM April 29, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Gawad Kalinga Smokey Mountain trounced favored Sta. Cruz, Laguna, 13-3, Sunday night to clinch the Senior League softball title in the Philippine Series at Sumulong grounds in Marikina City.

Made up of kids from a housing project that sits on a former dumpsite, the Smokey Mountain batters banked on Lovely Joy Redaja to post a seven-game sweep and book a spot in the Asia-Pacific Regionals set June 30 to July 6 at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

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The 16-year-old Redaja allowed just three hits and struck out 11 batters in six innings while blasting a Janel Cruz fastball over the fence for a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Smokey Mountain thus avenged its 3-4 defeat to Sta. Cruz in last year’s finals in Tanauan City that sent the Laguna bets to the As Pac and eventually the World Series in Bangor, Maine.

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On its way to the title, Smokey Mountain also blasted Naga, 21-0, Bulacan, 8-6, Dasmariñas, 6-4, and Sta. Cruz, 14-4, and Bulacan, 15-5.

In Little League baseball, Tanauan retained its crown by downing San Antonio, Zambales, 10-4, and moved a step closer to the World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, this year.

ILLAM struck in other fronts by topping Junior and Senior League baseball, both at the expense of Muntinlupa, 14-7 and 13-3.

Iloilo topped both Little and Junior League with a 20-0 whitewashing of Muntinlupa and a 12-1 rout of Makati, respectively.

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