By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
The Philippines, representing the Asia-Pacific region, have lost four out of five games at the 2017 Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon in the United States and were effectively eliminated from the tournament following their recent 11-1 loss to the Southeast region, represented by Rowan Little League from Salisbury, North Carolina.
The Philippine little league softball team, the Bacolod City West Little League, bannered by the Education and Training Center School III, came into the game after notching their first win of the tournament, beating the Latin America region, represented by Softball Femenino de Coamo Little League of Coamo, Puerto Rico, 2-1.
Early on, the game was competitive, with Emma Clarke and Allie Burns scoring two runs for the Southeast region and Anne Patricio making it home for the Philippines, leaving the Negrense side at a narrow 2-1 deficit following the first inning.
Kenadi Sproul added another run for the North Carolina-based squad in the second inning, which went unanswered when the Philippines were up to bat.
By the third inning, Southeast region managed to score five more runs, putting them up 8-1.
The team added three more in the fifth inning.
Negrense pitcher Angelica Cordero allowed 16 hits in the game, half of the total 32 she allowed throughout the entire tournament./WDJ