Manila nine gains Big League semis | Inquirer Sports

Manila nine gains Big League semis

/ 09:20 PM August 06, 2015

Pitcher Mary Ann Antolihao sustained her fine form as Team Manila-Philippines overwhelmed US Southeast bet Morganton-North Carolina, 5-1, Thursday to clinch a spot in the semifinals of the 2015 Big League World Series at Layton field in Lower Sussex, Delaware.

The 18-year-old Antolihao, a standout from University of Santo Tomas, gave up just four hits while striking out eight batters to power the Asia Pacific champions to their second successive victory in Pool A.

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The Big City softbelles cashed in on a couple of errors by the US Southeast squad as they exploded for five runs in the second inning on their way to pinning a second loss on North Carolina.

Kristine Marie Acuña drove in two runs, scoring Edna Mae Severino and Shaira Damasing, after Florabelle Pabiania reached home on a base hit from Delyrose Covarrubias.

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North Carolina tallied its only run in the fifth inning when pinch runner Logan Smithers rushed home off a hit by catcher Micaela Queen.

“It was a must-win game for us because we wanted to reach the semifinals,” said Manila coach Ana Santiago, whose squad battles US Central squad Southbend-Indiana next.

Manila is gunning for its second title in three years after ruling the tournament in 2012 in Michigan.

The top team in Pool A will meet the second-ranked team in Pool B in the semifinals.

Host District 3 Millsboro–Delaware is locked in a tie at the top of Pool B with US-Southeast champ Louisiana with similar 3-0 cards. Cedelf P. Tupas

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