Blu Girls beats host-Taiwan, sets up Asian finals vs Japan

THE Philippine Blu Girls Monday defeated world’s No. 9 and host-Taiwan, 5-3 to arrange a finals face-off against Japan in the 11th Asian Women’s Softball Championship in Taichung City, Taiwan.

This will also give the Pinay batters a chance to avenge their 9-0 opening loss to world’s No.1 Japan.

En route to their finals appearance, the Blu Girls defeated Thailand (5-0), Hong Kong (17-0), South Korea (6-4), and world’s No.6 China (4-3).

Jean Henri Lhuillier President of Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (Asaphil) commended the Blu Girls for playing their hearts out.

“Their win in this tournament shows their much improved character and fighting spirit as a team. Regardless of the outcome, I’m very satisfied with the way the girls are playing and this augurs well for our quest to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he said.

Lhuillier was also elated with the Blu Girls’ performance in this ongoing Asian Women’s Softball Championships.

“Their wins against China and Chinese Taipei prove that their wins this summer against powerhouses such as world’s No. 3 Canada, and No. 4 Australia were no flukes. I’m so excited about this team and I think they have a legitimate chance of being one of only six teams who’ll play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he added.

The Randy Dizer-mentored Blu Girls is bannered by Filipino-Americans Reese Guevarra, Kailee Cuico and Kayla Joyce, Francesca Altomonte, Queeny Sabobo, Arianne Vallestero, Celestine Palm, Mia Macapagal, Lorna Adorable, Cristy Joy Roa, Dione Macasu, Shaira Damasing, Riezl Calumbres, Lovely Arago, Mary Ann Antolihao, Annalie Benjamen, Angelie Ursabia, Florabelle Pabiana, Sierra Lange, Riflayca Basa, Chelsea Suitos, Gabrielle Rodas, Jaqueline Pascual, Skylynne Salazar, Kailey Hill, Alyssa Pinto, Hailey Cassandra Decker, Gabrielle Maurice, Garie Blando, Dani Gilmore, Taryn Dior Atlee, Chaella Galapon and Abigael Millete.

Aside from the 2020 Olympics, the Blu Girls are also preparing for the 2018 World Championships, 2019 Asia-Oceania tournament, and the World Open tournament.
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