Softball: Olympic dream still alive for Philippines after win over New Zealand

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Posted at Sep 26 2019 08:45 PM

Softball: Olympic dream still alive for Philippines after win over New Zealand 1
The Philippine Blu Girls join Australia, China, and Chinese Taipei in the semifinals of Asia/Oceania Olympic qualifiers. Handout

The Philippine women’s national team beat 11th-ranked New Zealand 1-0 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Asia/Oceania Olympic qualifiers.

The tournament is organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, the sports' world-governing body.

Outfielder Chelsea Suitos hit a single to right field, scoring Sierra Lange at the top of the eighth inning, and the 13th-ranked Blu Girls played stout defense to win at Shanghai Chongming Sports Training Center.

“It just goes to show you how talented our team is and how determined they all are at making our countrymen proud," said Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines president Jean Henri Lhuillier.

The Philippines finished second in Group B with a 2-1 win-loss record to advance to the final four along with China and the top two teams of Group A, No. 7-ranked Australia and No. 6 Chinese Taipei.

The top team will gain the sixth and final berth for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

As hosts, Japan will send a team to the Games.

Canada, Italy, Mexico, and the United States booked tickets via regional qualifiers.

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