The Domingo Lacson National High School softball team opened yesterday its Palarong Pambansa title-retention bid with a 9-0 rout of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao at Cabugao Central School, almost an hour away from Vigan City in Ilocos Sur.
Representing Western Visayas, DLNHS, last year’s back-to-back champion donning the Negros Island Region colors, is gunning for its 22nd Palaro title in 25 years, making it the winningest Negrense squad in the annual games.
Tournament officials declared the game stopped after five of the seven innings of regulation period on the Mercy Rule due to excessive lead, coach Roselle Hulleza said.
First-base player Glory Alonzo, who is the relief pitcher, slugged a homer on the fifth inning to seal the win with Iloilo reinforcement Jamailym Ambong and Angela Solidarios leading the scorers with three and two runs, respectively.
Pitcher Ezra Jalandoni struck out 10 of the 15 ARMM batters to ensure the shutout.
The WV softbelles face Mimaropa this afternoon, also at Cabugao, before playing against strong contender Calabarzon for the top spot in their four-team bracket.
In elementary boys’ football, the Trinity Christian School squad won Saturday its first assignment, 4-0, against Caraga, and followed the dominating play with a 7-0 triumph over Cagayan Valley.
Meanwhile, the Western Visayas athletics team begins its medal campaign today with eight gold medals at stake in both elementary and secondary competitions.
Up for grabs in athletics’ Day 1 are medals in secondary girls’ 3,000 meter-run, secondary boys’ and girls’ javelin throw, elementary boys’ and girls’ shot put, secondary boys’ and girls’ long jump, and elementary boys’ triple jump.*
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