THE Philippine Blu Girls snapped out of a three-game skid and proved its worth again against world No. 3 Canada again, hacking out a 6-3 victory in the Canada Cup International Softball Championship playoffs in Surrey, Canada Saturday.
Kailee Cuico and Hailey Decker took charge in the first two innings which the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed Blu Girls dominated to set the tone for the win, virtually duplicating the world No. 17’s 6-2 romp over the host team in the early going of the event.
Cuico belted a three-run homer in the opening frame to give the Blu Girls a hot start then Decker followed it up with a two-run double in the next. Cuico stretched the lead to six runs with her RBI single in the fifth.
The Canadians averted a shutout by scoring one in the sixth and added one more run in the seventh.
“This is the second time that the Blu Girls have beaten powerhouse Canada, proving that our country is getting stronger while taking each game to heart,” said Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines president Jean Henri Lhuillier, who is eyeing an Olympic stint for his wards in Tokyo in 2020.
The Filipinas thus broke a three-game slide while ousting the stunned Canadians, who settled for eighth place.
Phl faces Puerto Rico next, seeking to avenge their 6-8 setback to have the right to play one more game in the tourney, according to Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines operations manager Jun Veloso.
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