SINGAPORE - Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) defeated Raffles Institution (RI) 5-0 to lift the National A Division softball girls title on Tuesday (16 May) morning.
The win gave ACJC their third title since the inception of the girls team in 2011. The team narrowly missed out on the title last year, losing in the final to River Valley High School.
ACJC controlled the game held at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) from the start but were unable to capitalise on their dominance. The game remained scoreless after the first three innings.
The bottom of the fourth inning proved to be the decider as it saw ACJC break the deadlock, scoring all of their five runs.
Substitute outfielder Nurfa'iqah Norlizan, 18, opened the scoring for ACJC, running home from third base after a successful base hit by captain and catcher Amanda Yeo, 19.
ACJC scored another run through third baseman Megan Heng, 18, before Faith Gan, 18, hit her first home run of the season with two runners on base to complete the scoring in the fourth inning.
RI's failure to score in the top of the fifth inning secured the title for ACJC.
Shortstop Faith told The Straits Times: "When I hit the ball , I just ran and wanted to come home. I knew we had to score to win because it was 0-0 and no matter how we defend we still had to attack to score runs."
Raffles captain Nicole Liew, refused to dwell on the defeat and urged her juniors to persevere on for next year's championship.
The 18-year-old second baseman said: "I believe in their potential and I believe that their next season would be even better."