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The 1st Cebuana Lhuillier Slo-pitch Softball Challenge of the newly-established Cebu Slo-pitch League starts this Saturday, July 30 with a packed 6-game schedule at the Cebu International School grounds.

Six co-ed teams have eagerly joined the two month long double round robin tournament, led by host Cebu International School (CIS), the Cebu Flag Football League (CFFL) selection, Abellana-Cebuana Lhuillier, composed of high school kids who attended the slo-pitch clinic in Cebu two week ago, and three teams from the Cebu Association of Batted Sports (CABS).

The CABS teams are lead by the reigning fast pitch softball champions in Cebu, the Salazar College of Sciences and Institute of Technology ( SCSIT ), Pau de Arco, and Berns-Ang.

"We are pleased that our efforts to promote slo-pitch softball in Cebu has borne fruit this early. It just shows how popular this sport can be given the push, and definitely we will support the Cebu Slo-pitch Softball League in its endeavors" said Cebuana Lhuillier EVP-GM Jean Henri Lhuillier, who is also ASAPHIL Commissioner for Slo-Pitch Softball.

On his part, tournament director Rayner Sangil, a member of the Cebuana Lhuillier team that has already won 4 international titles in Asia, related that "the response to our sports clinic and demo tournament was really great, people were asking when a tournament will be scheduled and that is why we worked on it immediately."

Tournament format will be a double round robin with the top 4 teams advancing to the semifinals and the top two teams enjoying a twice to beat advantage in the semifinals, according to Sangil. In the finals, the surviving higher ranked team after the elimination will also enjoy the twice to beat advantage.

Schedule of games this Saturday will have Cebu International School playing Pau de Arco in the first game, followed by SCSIT vs. Abellana-Cebuana Lhuillier, Berns vs. CIS , Pau de Arco vs. the CFFL selection, Abellana-Cebuana Lhuillier vs. Berns-Ang, and the final game for the day, CFFL against SCSIT. Admission is free.

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