AN ILONGGA lady slugger became a reliable reliever for Team Philippines as she led the squad in capturing its first title in the 2018 Senior League Softball World Series in Lower Sussex, Delaware on Aug. 7.
Represented mostly by players from Tanauan, Batangas, the team was led by Iloilo City-native Royevel Palma who nailed the victory after she struck out 15 batters and gave up only two hits.
Marika Joana Manaig also converted three runs by innings.
The Philippine team gave the Southwest team a 7-0 drubbing in the knockout championship.
Aside from Manaig, Filipina sluggers Jeelyn Pajotal, Jammin Joyce and Mae Langga also scored for the national team.
Before winning the title, the Pinay batters opened their campaign with a 4-1 win over Latin America. They also walloped East, 6-1, before a 3-1 domination over Southwest.
They also handed Southeast its first loss, 3-1, before suffering their lone defeat against Delaware 4-8.
In the semifinal round, the winning team also blanked East, 8-0, while Southwest eliminated Delaware, 2-1, to book a slot in the finals.