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Bacolod squad wary
of taller Guam team

Size matters. But experience also makes a difference.

Bacolod Central Little League, represented by players Education Training and Center School and Domingo Lacson National High School, has three World Series appearances to its name.

And what it lacks in size against a taller Guam squad, it will make up for experience when the best-of-three series for the Asia-Pacific Junior League Softball crown starts today at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig.

The Bacolod-Guam clash is set at 8 a.m. with Analie Benjamin, who has played in the World Series the past three years, expected to start as pitcher against a team the Bacoleņas easily drubbed two years ago in Manila.

"I think they have gotten stronger because their players are bigger," ETCS-DLNHS coach Lagrimas Ciokon told the DAILY STAR in a telephone interview.

Ciokon said the players are ready and have prepared hard for the As-Pac, the tournament that serves as the qualifier for the 2007 Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Washington.

The results of two Philippine teams also seeking World Series berths in the tournament have been encouraging as well.

Laguna blanked Guam, 10-0, in the Senior League tournament, while International Little League of Manila prevailed over another Guam team, 13-3 in the Big League series. "The team is very motivated," Ciokon added. *CPT

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