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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > May-August > In Convincing Style, Philippines Becomes First International Big League Softball World Series Champion

In Convincing Style, Philippines Becomes First International Big League Softball World Series Champion

In Convincing Style, Philippines Becomes First International Big League Softball World Series Champion

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Mary Joy Floranza belted a two-out, two-run home run over the right-center field fence at Bud Vanderberg Park in Kalamazoo, Mich., to earn Philippines District 1 a 14-2, five-inning victory over California District 37, and become the first team from the International Region to be crowned Big League Softball World Series Champion.

Leading 9-0 entering the fifth inning, Floranza’s homer started a five-run rally to close out the game.

Hanging three runs in the first inning and four more in the second inning, pushed the Asia-Pacific champs out to a quick 7-0 lead. Winning pitcher Rizza Bernardino keyed the offense with a long two-run home run in the second inning.

Bernardino, allowed two runs on five hits. She threw 42 strikes in a 53-pitch, complete-game victory.

Krisna Paguican was 2-for-2 with four runs scored and two runs batted in, while Michelle Lentija and Queeny Sabobo were both 2-for-3 for the winners.

The Philippines team from Manilla, which lost in the title game each of the past two seasons, opened the World Series with consecutive losses, before putting together a seven-game win streak en route to the championship.

Manager Anna Santiago guided the Philippines to its third consecutive Big League Softball World Series.

The West Champions, the first team from California to reach the title game since 2005, entered the game outscoring its opponents, 71-37, with three 10-run rule wins. In the title game, U.S. Champions managed just two runs after falling behind 14-0.