AUSTRALIA — The dreaded Murphy’s Law beset a hardluck Philippine girls softball squad on Friday.
Indeed, if anything bad can happen, it will.
A batted ball struck the left hand of ace pitcher Glory Alonzo forcing coach Russel Hulleza to take her out of the finals against New South Wales for good.
With the 11-game winner Alonzo gone, so are the fortunes of the Philippines which lost 0-8 to the Sydney softballers in the gold medal game of the 10th Pacific Schools Games at the Adelaide Shores softball field.
Before the finals, Alonzo had given up only 10 runs in 12 games in an outstanding no-relief job. She was thrust into the starting job position after top hurler Kaith Ezra Jalandoni was promoted to the Seniors squad that saw action on the same week in Japan.
“The coaching staff had no choice but to take her out and that did us in,” said Commissioner Chares Maxey of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), who had been the team’s top cheerleader in the tournament. “I have seen how the girls fought despite being undersized. They played with a big heart to the end, it is just unfortunate that a freak accident decided our fate.”
The Philippines advanced to the finals with a 3-2 win over Queensland.
The team had beaten New South Wales in their first assignment 1-0 which sparked a winning run that stretched to 12 games in the tournament for girls aged under 17 years old.