Top-ranked Adamson re-staked its claim as the country’s premier softball team, winning not just one but two titles in the 10th Summer Grand Slam tournament presented by Cebuana Lhuillier at the Batangas Sports Complex over the weekend.
But the San Marcelino-based squad needed to fend off a tough University of the Philippines side, 7-6, to retain the women’s Open championship while its sister teams disputed the women’s Club crown in an all-Adamson finale with AdU-C nipping AdU-B, 8-7.
The Philippine Air Force, meanwhile, sustained its top form from the elims to the finals, clobbering the visiting Indonesian team, 9-2, to keep their men’s Open plum in the tournament sanctioned by the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines.
The San Antonio Bobcats, on the other hand, survived Rizal Technological University, 5-4, to complete a back-to-back title run in the men’s Club division of the annual event sponsored by Cebuana Lhuillier which drew the country’s leading teams in four categories.
“The 10th year of the Summer Grand Slam has been nothing short of exhilarating. While some did better than the others, every team stepped up their game and delivered their best performance,” said Asaphil president Jean Henri Lhuillier. “The high level of competition this year was an excellent way to celebrate a decade of this tournament. I’m looking forward to supporting softball in the Philippines and to empowering more athletes in the coming years.”
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This year, close to 50 softball squads, including visiting teams from Indonesia and Malaysia, saw action in the tournament.