6 ILLAM nines in semis

MANILA, Philippines—Pitcher Ines Diaz made the biggest plays on both ends as defending champion International Little League Association of Manila-1 survived Perth, 14-13, Tuesday to complete a sweep of the Girls’ Major division preliminary round in the Southeast Asian Youth Baseball and Softball Tournament at the Ateneo de Manila University grounds in Quezon City.

Manila-1 scored seven runs in the last two innings with Diaz, a veteran of the same tournament in Singapore last year, who studies at the International School, blasting a two-run shot off Samantha Maughan at the top of the seventh frame to send home Sella Mendoza and give the Manilans a 14-10 edge.

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