RP softball playes exhibition in SoCal after World Series loss

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 12, 2013

CERRITOS, Calif–It was a tough trip, but despite bringing home the Asia Pacific title at the Big League softball World Series in Delaware, the Philippine softball team fell short in their quest for a second straight championship and a third appearance in the finals winning one out of four games.

Krisna Paguican the team captain, said they continued fighting throughout the tournament.

First year player Marie Luisse Garde added that next year’s team will plan to get revenge.

This year the softball team continued to battle with lack of sponsors and low budgets.

But as returning champions, organizers of the World Series paid for airfare and hotel accommodations, while the Philippine Sports Commission gave each player a small allowance.

Filipinos from Delaware also came to support them.

Despite fighting jet lag, and some fatigue from having to travel to games,

Coach Ana Santiago believes a lack of experience may have been the biggest setback.

Only a few of the 13 players returned from last year’s championship roster, saying that some of the problems were handling crucial situations.

In California, alumni from Adamson University helped house them and threw a fundraiser exhibition game for them, hoping to give the young athletes, a few whom attend Adamson, some rest and relaxation before they head back to the Philippines.

For these kids most of them are coming from a poor family that coming to America is almost a dream come true. It might be their first and last trip so we make sure part of fulfilling their trip is bringing them to Disneyland or universal and it’s a big effort,” said

Lily Zalameda Kahn, president of the local Adamson alumni association.

You may reach Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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