PH belles advance to semis

PERFECT RECORD. The Philippines swept their bracket matches in Pool A with two more wins on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the 10th Pacific School Games in Adelaide, Australia.
PERFECT RECORD. The Philippines swept their bracket matches in Pool A with two more wins on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the 10th Pacific School Games in Adelaide, Australia.

AUSTRALIA — Ace hurler Glory Lozano sustained her no-relief job at the mound as the Philippines sustained its unbeaten run to advance to the semifinals of the 10th Pacific Schools Games girls softball tournament at the Adelaide Shores Sports Complex on Thursday.

Alonzo’s arsenal of fastballs and sliders continue to dazzle the opposition as the 16-year old Bacolod lass fanned six batters and allowed only two hits in the 4-0 spanking of Victoria in the first half of a doubleheader.

With no signs of fatigue, Alonzo came back hours after to strike out five from host South Australia’s batting line for a 5-2 victory for the Pinays. Those twin wins completed a sweep of the bracket matches as the country topped Pool A.

They will meet either Queensland or New South Wales in the semis today at 10 a.m.

“The girls did another outstanding job today and if they contnue to play in this form barring any injuries, they should be a force to reckon with for the gold,” said Commissioner Charles Maxey of the Philippine Sports Commission who was again on the bleachers to cheer for the team.

Coach Russel Hulleza’s charges, who won silver in the World Little League Softball in Delaware, USA, last August, missed the services of top pitcher Kaith Ezra Jalandoni who was plucked to play in the Seniors team that placed second recently in Japan.

Alonzo has, by far, more than made up for the loss as she has sustained pitching 11 straight games in the tournament for girls aged under 17 years old.