Fil-Ams propel Blu Girls past Venezuelans
The Philippine Star | Updated July 9, 2014
MANILA, Philippines - Fil-Am recruits made an immediate impact for the Philippines
as the Blu Girls beat Venezuela, 3-0, to kick off their bid in the World Cup of
Softball IX Monday at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, California (Tuesday in Manila).
Francesca Foti of UNLV anchored the defense as she held off Venezuela’s batters
for full seven innings to power Phl IX to the victory and a share of the early lead
in the seven-nation meet.
The Blu Girls are tied with Canada, an 11-4 winner over Japan (five innings) after
the first day of action.
Foti gave up only five hits in her no-relief debut that left the Venezuelans’ offense
in tatters. Venezuela could only reach scoring position against Foti once, when
Mirian Jimenez doubled in the bottom second.
US-based acquisitions Garie Blando of UNLV and Dani Gilmore of Oregon State delivered
in the offensive end, in tandem with Francesca Altomonte.
Blando got the Blu Girls in the board in the first inning when she slammed a hard
grounder to left field to send fellow Fil-Am Leia Ruiz home from third. Ruiz earlier
singled and advanced twice after a wild pitch and an illegal pitch.
Francesca Altomonte doubled the lead in the next inning with a run-producing double
Gilmore made it a three-run cushion in the fifth with her RBI single to left.
Later in the day, Venezuela bounced back with a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over
Chinese-Taipei for a 1-1 slate. The Venezuelans unleashed five runs in the sixth
inning to overturn a 1-2 deficit and salvage the victory.
Host USA defeated Mexico in an exhibition match, 7-0.
Source: The Philippine Star
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