Asia-Pacific pulls off extra-inning win vs. Latin America

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert  : Latin America players fall down as if a bomb went off as Marielys Rivera jumps onto homeplate after dancing her way there. Rivera hit a grand slam which tied the game at 8-8. Left, An Asia-Pacific player listens inCoastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert : Latin America players fall down as if a bomb went off as Marielys Rivera jumps onto homeplate after dancing her way there. Rivera hit a grand slam which tied the game at 8-8. Left, An Asia-Pacific player listens inTwo of the better teams in the Big League Softball World Series faced off on Monday night and, perhaps unsurprisingly, put on one of the better shows early in the tournament, as Asia-Pacific took Latin-America (San Juan, Puerto, Rico) to extra innings to eventually notch a 10-9 win.

Asia-Pacific, a team that hails from Manilla, Philippines, took the early 1-0 lead after two missed plays in the field for Latin America in the bottom of the first. Latin America would leave two runners on in the top of the second as the score remained the same.

The Asia-Pacific stands ignited in the bottom of the second after a three-run homer by Queeny Sabobo made it 4-0.

Latin America answered in the next inning with a three-run home run of their own, when Kiara Resto lined a shot over left center, flipping her bat over her shoulder as she watched it go over the fence and meeting a sea of fired-up teammates at home plate.

An RBI-single from Florabele Pabiania started a third-inning scoring run for Asia-Pacific, as they increased their lead to 7-3 before Latin America could escape the inning.

Pabiana would tally another RBI in the bottom of the fourth, lining a shot past second base for a single and making it 8-3. Paola Flores entered the circle in relief for pitcher Jocelyn De Leon in the same inning.

Latin America’s Yairka Moran grounded one past short with bases loaded, for an RBI, to make it 8-4 to start the fifth inning, and with two outs and bases loaded, Marielys Rivera homered for a game-tying grand slam.

In the top of the sixth, Latin America would take the 9-8 lead after an RBI-double from Rosselianne Villanueva, but Asia-Pacific would even the score with an RBI-single from Sabobo.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the eight-inning, after Sabobo was intentionally walked, that Asia-Pacific would finally score the game-winning run, for a 10-9 final.