The Ilonggo batters scored three runs in the opening inning, added three more in the next frame before closing out with additional three in the fourth en route to an abbreviated win in the 12-14 years old girls’ softball division.
The Tanauan sluggers shared the spotlight in baseball by clobbering Guam, 9-2, for their first win in the Big League 14-18 division.
The tournament drew more than 1,000 athletes and officials from 16 countries. The opening rites was graced by US Embassy Economic Counselor Joel Eihrendeich, Little League Asia Pacific Region Administrator BH Chow of Hong Kong and CDC Directors Frankie Villanueva and Roel Bondoc.
“We would like to welcome everyone to the Little League Asia Pacific Regional Championship that has drawn an even bigger field as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Little League program that is now played by millions of children worldwide, “ said Philippine Sports Commission Commissioner and Little League Philippines Administrator Jolly Gomez in his welcome remarks.
In other matches, defending champion Taiwan demolished Marianas, 9-0, in the Big League while South Korea routed India, 7-0, in the intermediate division.
Defending International Little League Association of Manila [ILLAM] senior league champion will start its campaign today in the 13-15 years old division.
The members of the ILLAM squad backed by LEAFAR, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and Pacific On Line are Phonso Balagtas, Javi Macaset, Ignacio Escano, Kouichi Igarashi, Masaaki Iwasaki, Dan Laurel, Diego Lozano, Marco Mallari, Raf Pascual, Nathan Rosal, Miggy Angeles, Rymer Tionloc, Paolo Casas, John Salinas, Nacho Lozano and Gio Esguerra.
The coaches are Matt Laurel and Jay Laurel while Arsenic Laurel is the team manager.