Team Manila-Philippines started its title retention bid on a high note by blasting Canada, 15-0, in the 2013 Big League Softball World Series Championship being held at the Layton Field in Sussex, Delaware.
Team Manila-Philippines, representing the Asia-Pacific Region, needed just five innings to notch its first win in the world championship for the 16-18 age division.
The Filipina batters drew an opening game bye. They will next face East America-Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Host District III-Delaware on Thursday and Central America-Michigan on Friday.
There are 10 teams in the tournament divided in two groups. The Philippines and Canada are in Group B along with Central America, Host District III-Delaware and East America while Southwest America, Latin America-Puerto Rico, Southeast America, Europe-Africa and West America are in Group A.
Team Manila-Philippines earned the right to represent the region after ruling the 2013 Asia-Pacific Regional Softball Championships held at the Clark Freeport Zone in Subic last month.
Veteran campaigners Queeny Sabobo, Krisna Paguican and Baby Jane Raro are the only holdovers from last year’s champion team but head coach Ana Santiago remained optimistic of their chances.
“We still have a strong chance of making it to the finals since we have a lot of new good hitters in the roster,” said Santiago in her previous interview.
Also in the team are Whell Ghene Camral, Mary Luisse Garde, Lorna Adorable, Mary Ann Antolihao, Angelie Ursabia, Rachell Ann Secor, Adrianne Mei Uy, Hazel Claudette Anque, Rosalyn Boton, Jonalie Almonia, Jelyn Lamata and Agavi Llave.
Team Manila-Philippines routed West America-California in the finals, 14-2, to rule the 2012 edition.