Venezuela relegates PH to last at end of Softball World Cup

Manolo Pedralvez
Venezuela avenged its 0-3 shutout loss to the Philippines at the start of the 7-nation tournament and buried the Filipina batters, 7-4

UNLV pitching ace Francesca Foti shown in action for the Running Rebels.

MANILA, Philippines – In a rematch against the Philippines, Venezuela made certain they wouldn’t suffer the same fate the second time around.

Though outhit 7-10, the Venezuelans made the most of them while relying on the timely pitching of Mariangee Bogado in exacting revenge over the Blu Girls in fashioning a 7-4 decision at the end of the Softball World Cup in Irvine, California on Monday, July 14.

Jineth Pimentel and Anna Coscorrosa rose to the challenge, teaming up for 3 hits and 5 RBIs in avenging Venezuela’s 0-3 shutout loss to the Philippines at the start of the 7-nation tournament 7 days ago.

Bogado held her ground on the mound in issuing a five-hitter marked by 7 strikeouts, one earned run and one walk against the Pinay batters, according to the report of

Escaping her clutches was Adamson University batsmen Lorna Adorable, who was hot in going 3-for-4 at bat, marked by a triple in the first inning and single in the fifth and sixth innings, and scored two runs.

The Phillippines could not get its offense going as it left 9 players stranded on base.

University of Las Vegas Nevada hurler Francesca Foti, who starred in the Blu Girls’ shutout of the Venezuelans, gave up 6 runs in 2 1/3 innings in getting credited for the loss.

The Filipinas tried to come back with 3 runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings to close in at 4-7, but Bogado induced  Marilyn Francisco to ground out in the fifth for the third out to end the match.

Buoyed by the triumph, Venezuela trumped fifth-seeded Mexico 4-0 later and finished the competition in fifth place.

The Mexicans wound up sixth (2-5) while the Filipinas finished last in the tournament with a 1-6 win-loss record.

Among the defeats of the Phlippines were to defending champion Japan (1-10) and Chinese-Taipei (1-16), squads it will also be up against in the 17th Asian Games slated Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 in Incheon, South Korea.

In the championship, US reasserted its mastery over Canada 5-2, completing a 7-game sweep in regaining the Soft World Cup crown it won in 7 previous editions of the event. –

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