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Softbelles pummel Ateneo in UAAP opener

Ann Antolihao takes care of UST’s defense while key batter Hannah Dela Torre registers an RBI to deliver three runs in the second inning.

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The University of Santo Tomas Softbelles beat the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 7-0, in the UAAP Season 80 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Thursday.

Ann Antolihao took care of UST’s defense striking out 11 batters from Ateneo, while key batter Hannah Dela Torre registered an RBI to deliver three runs in the second inning.

“Kung maganda ‘yung ilalaro ng pitcher, maganda ‘yung resulta ng laro. Kung hindi [at] walang opensa, talagang talo,” Softbelles head coach Sandy Barredo said.

UST then made five hits to turn in three runs in the fourth inning, one of which was Tin Palma’s, securing the win for the Softbelles.

However, Barredo admitted he was not satisfied with the players’ performance despite the victory.

“Tulog pa ang mga bata. Kulang pa sa practice,” he said. “Kailangan pa din ng more practice and exposure para sa next game.”

UST will next face the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons on Monday, Feb. 5, at the same venue.

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Adamson annihilates Tiger Softbelles

The UST Tiger Softbelles surrendered to the Adamson Lady Falcons,0-14, and lost via mercy rule in the UAAP Season 81 Softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Monday.

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The UST Tiger Softbelles surrendered to the Adamson Lady Falcons,0-14, and lost via mercy rule in the UAAP Season 81 Softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Monday.

Right from the get go, the Lady Falcons were clicking on all cylinders, scoring two runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Softbelles team captain Celyn Ojare gave credit to her team despite the loss.

“Inexpect na po talaga namin na matatalo nga po kami pero sinasabi ko lang na lumaban po talaga kami, ginawa po namin yung best namin,” she said.

The second inning was where UST collapsed, surrendering five runs from Krisha Cantor, Mary Joy Maguro, Arianne Vallestero, Nichole Padasas, and Angelu Gabriel.

There wasn’t much activity from the UST offense, mustering only one hit in the whole game, courtesy of Hannah Dela Torre. Regarding the adjustments the team will make for their next games, Ojare said, “Napagusapan po kasi namin kanina na ipanalo lang po namin yung last two games this first round ok na po so mag-aadjust na lang po kami sa paluan po talaga kasi dun talaga kami kulang sa paluan tsaka sa communication sa loob ng field and ingay.”

When asked for their coach’s comments, she added, “Learn the game today.”

UST slipped to an even 2-2 record while Adamson remains on top of the standings with a 4-0 card.

The Tiger Softbelles’ next match will be on Feb. 28, Thursday, as they take on University of the East at the same venue.

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Tiger Softbelles dominate vs. undefeated Lady Batters

The UST Tiger Softbelles annihilated the De La Salle University Lady Batters in five innings with a score of 7-0 and a win via the mercy rule at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

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The UST Tiger Softbelles annihilated the De La Salle University Lady Batters in five innings with a score of 7-0 and a win via the mercy rule at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

As early as the first inning, UST was already able to jump onto a three-point lead, off of an RBI triple by right fielder Trisha Tiozon that sent teammates Christine Palma, Hannah Dela Torre and Mharnie Dela Cruz onto home plate.

1st baseman Lealyn Guevarra capped off UST’s dominant first inning with an RBI single of her own which resulted in a Tiozon run.

With the Softbelles leading 4-0, Charlotte Sales hit a dagger RBI triple in the 4th inning to extend the already huge deficit to seven and guarantee UST a win.

Aside from their offense, the Softbelles’ defense also held their own, with highlights such as double plays in the 2nd and 3rd innings that helped end La Salle’s innings early.

Even with the win, Coach Sandy Barredo admitted in an interview that he expected the matchup to be either a loss or a close one, and acknowledged La Salle’s play heading into the game while noting how their pitcher struggled.

“Actually I’m expecting na kung hindi close, talo sa La Salle. The way they’re playing, yung pitcher nila… so siguro lumipat yung kaba sa pitcher nung makaharap nya tayo (UST), kaya di maganda ang pukol nya eh pinanonood ko, more on balls kasi kaya nahihirapan pumukol ng controlled, kaya tumatama nga yung bata pagka ginigitna yung bola,” he explained.

With the win, UST now stands at a 2-1 win – loss record while La Salle holds a 3-1 card.

UST is set to take on Adamson University next on Feb. 25 at the same venue.

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Softbelles shut down La Salle

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Softbelles swept the De La Salle University Lady Archers with a sixth inning mercy rule win, 7-0, in the UAAP Season 80 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Thursday.

UST’s Marymyl Tanio hit a run-batted-in (RBI) single that took Lealyn Guevarra home during the sixth inning, to secure the win, 7-0.

Ricky Mae Latican scored UST’s first run in the second inning from Jessie Belaño’s RBI while Tonquin followed with another run.

Hannah Dela Torre then registered two RBIs that took home both Guevarra and Ruzle Jumuad in the third inning, 4-0.

UST led by six points by the fourth inning after Guevarra hit two RBI-double that sent Shiela Perales and CJ Roa to home plate.

Despite the victory, UST head coach Sandy Barredo remained unsatisfied with the team’s performance.

“Hindi ako kuntento hanggang sa hindi nakakabalik yung palo nila. Last year, double-digits ang panalo namin against La Salle kaya hindi ako satisfied,” he quipped.

UST ended their first round campaign with a 4-2 win-loss record.

The schedule for the second round games is yet to be announced.

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