By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
The Bacolod City Little League softball team lost in the most crucial game of the 2017 Senior League Softball World Series, falling in the finals, 4-0, to host team Delaware-District 3 at the Bruce Layton Field in Lower Sussex, Delaware in the United States.
The Negrense team, representing the Asia-Pacific region, came into the game undefeated and having previously beaten their opponent, 1-0.
Scoring opened at the top of the fifth, with a run from Sierra Livingston. After the Philippines was unable to score on the other side of the inning, the hosts added to their lead with a home run in the sixth by Jakayla Sample.
Corrin Farris and Kylie Kruger made it a total three runs in the said inning.
Following the scoring spree, starting pitcher for the Philippines, Kaith Ezra Jalandoni, was substituted by Glory Alonzo.
Mary Joy Maguad finished the tournament with the most runs for the Bacolod City team at eight and a batting average of 0.545. On the pitching side, Jalandoni ended the competition with a total 86 strikeouts and allowing five runs in seven games.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Little League softball team, bannered by the Education and Training Center School III, left for Portland, Oregon yesterday to compete in the Little League Softball World Series, which begins tomorrow and runs until August 16./WDJ