Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) and Berns-Ang will slug it out for the championship of the very first Cebuana Lhuillier Slo-Pitch Softball Challenge this weekend in Cebu City.
SCSIT, owning the league's best win-loss record of 9-1 after the two round elimination held at the Cebu International School grounds, only needs to beat Berns-Ang, which totes a 7-3 slate, to win the title.
The two teams assured themselves of the finals slots by taking the top two spots in the six team field, winning last week's semi-finals games with SCSIT edging out Mandaue City 11-10 and Berns-Ang beating the Cebu Flag Football League (CFFL) Selection 9-7.
CFFL was in third place overall after the eliminations and the semifinals games with a 6-4 card while Mandaue City, although tied for 4th place with Pera Padala-Abellana National School, the developmental team supported by Cebuana Lhuillier with similar 3-7 cards, will play CFFL for third place also this weekend.
The Cebu International School team ended in last place with a 2-8 win-loss card but salvaged honor by defeating Pera Padala-ANS 11-3 in its semifinal round game.
"We are happy with the response of Cebuanos in this first slo-pitch tournament held outside Metro Manila and we are confident that it is only a matter of time that slo-pitch softball will become a very popular recreational game in the South," said Cebuana Lhuillier EVP-GM Jean Henri Lhuillier who has been designated slo-pitch softball commissioner by ASAPHIL.
Lhuillier's own softball team, Cebuana Lhuillier, has emerged as Asia's top club team, winning four (4) international titles in the last two years, including tournaments in Bangkok and Jakarta.
According to tournament Commissioner Rayner Sangil, himself a member of the Cebuana Lhuillier champion team, local teams are already asking for the schedule of the second Cebuana Lhuillier slo-pitch challenge. Plans are to hold it early next year at the latest, Sangil said.