By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
The Bacolod City Little League softball team secured a place in the 2017 Senior League Softball World Series finals after sweeping their weekend games against the West and Southeast regions in Lower Sussex, Delaware in the United States.
In their first game, the Philippines, representing the Asia-Pacific region, beat the West region, represented by the Garden City Softball Little League of Missoula, Montana, 10-0, at the Connie Mack Field.
Neo May Mahinay opened scoring with a run at the top of the first, following a double off Mary Joy Maguad.
The Negrense team followed up a scoreless second inning with a combined six runs, three runs in both the third and fourth.
Glory Alonzo, Chastene Jover, and Maguad contributed in the third; while Mea Tubongbanua, Kaith Ezra Jalandoni, and Maguad, who scored her second run of the game, cleaned up in the following inning.
The team added two more runs in the fifth, followed by the tenth in the sixth inning.
Pitcher Jalandoni allowed three hits, as the side from Montana committed four errors.
The Philippine side suited up the following day at the Bruce Layton Field to meet the Southeast side, represented by the Washington County Little League of Bristol, Virginia.
The Bacolod City team won 9-0, with at least one run in every inning between the third and sixth.
In that game, Jalandoni nearly pitched a no-hitter, allowing one hit from the Virginia-based side. She also struck out 11 players, while her counterpart on the opposing side, Sydney Bailey, struck out one Negrense batter.
The Bacolod City Little League softball team will face the host team, Delaware-District 3, who the Philippine side narrowly defeated earlier in the tournament, 1-0.
Since that game, the host team beat the Central region, represented by District 11 Little League from South Bend, Indiana, 10-0; and the Canada region, represented by British Columbia-District 7 Little League from Victoria, British Columbia, 1-0./WDJ