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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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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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Softbelles head coach says it’s now or never for UAAP championship

“Eto na yung magiging last chance natin na mag-champion, or else wala na,” UST head coach Sandy Barredo said. “Maghihintay na naman ng bagong recruits na darating, so this is the right time and season.”

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Softbelles are all set for their much-anticipated debut this UAAP Season 80, and they still have the remaining tools and weapons to contend for the title.

Losing only Mary Luisse Garde in their lineup, the España-based squad remains intact and will still enjoy the services of fifth-year players, returning pitcher Anne Antolihao, CJ Roa, Shiela Perales, and MC Palma.

UST head coach Sandy Barredo views this as their final opportunity to win it all this season, as he will turn his attention to rebuilding UST once their key players have maximized their playing years.

“Eto na yung magiging last chance natin na mag-champion, or else wala na,” he said. “Maghihintay na naman ng bagong recruits na darating, so this is the right time and season.”

After settling for a bridesmaid finish against the Adamson Falcons last season, UST is still deemed as the “dark horse” in the tournament.

Still sticking to their old system, Barredo wants to see his team drastically improve on the offensive end.

“Walang nagbago,” he quickly stated. “Same program pa rin, pero nag-concentrate kami sa offensive end talaga. Defense is there, pero yung offense ang kailangan hindi pwedeng puro defense.”

UST is focused on the results of their games rather than making predictions.

“Hindi ko ineexpect ng champion. Basta maglalaro lang kami manalo o matalo,” Barredo ended.

The UST Softbelles will make their season debut against the Ateneo Blue Eagles tomorrow at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

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