Blu Girls trip Koreans, enter page system finals
Ace Royeve Palma came up with a masterful performance on the mound on Wednesday and keyed a 5-2 win by the Philippines over South Korea that gave the Junior Blu Girls the last slot in the page system finals of the Asian Softball 19-Under Women championship at Clark International Sports Complex in Pampanga.
Palma had four strikeouts in retiring 15 batters and yielded just three hits as the Philippines improved to 4-2.
Unbeaten four-time champion Japan racked up its sixth straight win with a 16-0 thrashing of Thailand; defending champion Chinese Taipei overpowered India, 16-0; and Korea bounced back with a 15-3 rout of Malaysia in the afternoon.
Japan thus topped the eight-team series with a 6-0 slate, Chinese Taipei has a 5-1 card and China tied the Philippines to complete the page system finals.
The page system finals will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. with Japan facing Taiwan and China taking on the Blu Girls.
The winner in the Japan-Chinese Taipei match will bag the first title game slot.
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