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Finally, the host country tasted what it is to be a champion in the Super Division of the annual PANGAEA CUP, one of Asia's most prestigious competitions in slo-pitch softball.

The three day club level tournament attracted 18 teams coming from Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and host Philippines, led by Manila Slo-pitch Softball league ( MSSL ) champions Cebuana Lhuillier, which in the past has won both the club division and division A championships but never the Super division where the best teams compete against one another

It was long trip for Cebuana Lhuillier, led by its playing team owner Jean Henri Lhuillier. After the elimination round, they tied with Fattboyz from Korea, and the Indonesian team from Jakarta with similar 3-1 win loss records, but with their Superior quotient, Cebuana Lhuillier, which had to beat three-time champion Hong Kong in their last game in the eliminations, drew a bye into the finals and awaited the winner between Korea and Indonesia.

As it was, Korea outslugged Indonesia to earn the remaining finals slot against Cebuana Lhuillier, and in the one game winner takes all match, the local team made history by scoring 16 runs in the 5th inning behind the combined efforts of Julius Visaya, Apol Rosales, and Vio Roxas, en route to a 30 - 20 victory over Korea, and with it, the coveted Super Division Championship was in the Philippines' hands for the first time.

Team manager and coach Lan Perez also singled out Jean Henri's batting average of .714 (5-7) for the weekend as well as the contribution of former national player Randy Dizer, who last pitched 3 years ago, but was instrumental in stopping the momentum of the Koreans who had earlier scored 11 runs in the 3rd inning alone.

"It was a sweet victory for us, being the very first local team to achieve this honor, I believe our winning the MSSL title earlier boosted the confidence of the players to go all out for the championship in the PANGAEA Cup, now the goal becomes retaining this title next year, " said Lhuillier who is in the regular rotation of the team and plays competitive softball.

The tournament was held at the Alabang Country Club with the finals witnessed by an appreciative hometown crowd of fans.

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