Negros batters all set for 2018 Softball World Series

BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia (standing, center) receives the Negros First Little League softball junior and senior players and coaches Roselle Hulleza, Lizviminda Jalandoni, Antonio Oquindo Jr., Ramil Jalandoni, Aileen Cabaybay during their courtesy call at the Bacolod City Government Center on July 6, 2018. Also in photo are Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)-Bacolod OIC Carolina Constantino, DFA staff Annie Briones, Department of Education-Bacolod supervisor Eden Arriola, and Education and Training Center School-1 Principal Pedro Crispe Jr. (PIO)

NEGRENSE sluggers are up to the challenge of improving their last year’s finish as they compete in the 2018 Softball World Series scheduled late July to the middle of August.

The Negros Occidental major and junior teams, representing the Philippines, are undergoing rigid training in preparation for one of the most prestigious international softball events.

To recall, the senior team captured the silver medal in 2017 in Delaware, USA.

Negrense softbelles will have to give their best shot in the World Series after the senior team’s impressive finish.

The junior team, represented by Paglaum National High School, reached the World Series and took the title way back in 2003.

This year, the team is mostly comprised of student-athletes from the Domingo Lacson National High School. They are to leave for Kirkland in Washington, USA on July 27. Their games start on July 29 to August 4.

According to junior team coach Lizvi Jalandoni, they will play their hearts out to improve their 5th place finish last year when the tournament starts on July 8-15 in Portland, Oregon.

“Our edge this year is that we have 5 World Series players who will play important roles in the team. These include our lefty pitcher, catcher, first base, shortstop and the right fielder. However, we have to double our efforts since we already seen the quality of opponents we have there,” she added.

Both teams qualified for the World Series after dominating the Asia-Pacific Softball Regional Championship in Singapore early this month.

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