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SEA Games: Blu Girls extend reign, Blu Boys falter

NEW CLARK CITY -- The Blu Girls hit another one out of the ballpark, but the Blu Boys got stranded with a silver medal Sunday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s and women’s softball competitions at The Villages here on Sunday.

The Blu Girls picked their 10th SEA Games gold via a sweep to continue their unbeaten run in the biennial meet. They routed Indonesia, 8-0 in the final.

“Of all the softball titles by the Blu Girls this is the easiest and the sweetest,” said team manager Randy Dizer. “It’s because we played in our home court, that’s the biggest thing.”

The Blu Girls were powered by Cheska Altomonte, Garie Blando, Mary Ann Antoleh Hao, Ezra Jalandoni, Lyka Basa and Kikay Palma, among others.

They have won SEA Games golds in 1979, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2015.

But the Blu Boys suffered a shocking 6-1 loss to Singapore in the men’s final match.

It was the first time the Philippines lost the men’s title since the 1997 edition when the country bowed to Indonesia. (PR)

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