DLSU Green Batters finish off the UP Fighting Maroons 9-4
Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by Deion Bandril
The DLSU Green Batters slew the UP Fighting Maroons on their continuation game last March 1 at the Rizal Baseball Stadium. The second-stringers of both clubs played the continued game. DLSU’s subs looked more fierce on offense compared to UP’s bench warmers. The Green Batters ended the game with a homerun play by Andre Palacios; the final score was 9-4.
The game resumed on the 6th inning with a new lineup used for both teams. Both of the competitors looked to utilize their bench warmers for this game. On the DLSU side, only Carlos Laurel was part of the usual starting lineup. It was also a pitching debut for the Batters’ big man Sigfrid Tan. He had a rocky start, but he was able to solidify and adjust himself to the team’s defensive outlook.
By the 7th inning, the second-stringers brought their A-game into the field. A four run rally was made by the Green Batters. Kenneth Ramos, Andre Palacios, and Carlos Laurel were loaded in their respective bases after making the swings they needed on the plate. Up next to bat was Luigi Nolasco and made a massive hit and the Fighting Maroons couldn’t cope with it. With that play, three runs were made by Ramos, Palacios, and Laurel while Nolasco made three RBIs in that inning. Luigi would also make it to home plate with the help of Jose Castro.
The Fighting Maroons looked out-of-focus during the matchup. The main reason could be that they don’t have the competitive fire anymore. They could’ve had a chance to make a trip to the finals if the Green Batters would have lost their previous game to Ateneo. UP defeated the Ateneo Blue Batters and the NU bulldogs on the second round. Both of those teams were able to defeat the Taft-based squad on the first round of eliminations. Since DLSU has a sure spot on the finals, UP didn’t need to finish strong for this bout.
On the 8th inning, the Green Batters looked to end the game with a bang. Andre Palacios was the highlight for that inning. Joaquin Bilbao was able to take first base after making a hit on the plate. Out of nowhere, Andre Palacios then hit a huge fly ball going to the left field. With that, Joaquin Bilbao was able to reach home. But with UP’s defense collapsing and couldn’t connect with their play. Andre Palacios would then make a homerun with that sweet play. He later added, “It was a lucky play really. I guess they just couldn’t pick up the ball”. He would then increase their score to 9-4 and seal the game with that homerun play.
Coach Joseph Orillana was very pleased with the play of his team’s subs. He tried to boost the morale of his bench warmers by explaining how important they are to every win. He commented, “Happy ako sa mga second-stringer ko kasi sabi ko nga na ‘Di porket second-stringer kayo di niyo kaya ma-ipanalo ang team. Ipakita niyo sa mga first-stringer na kaya niyo ipanalo yung team [at] kaya niyong mag-perform ng maganda’”
Through the course of the UAAP Baseball season, growth and maturity of the rookies were seen from the Green Batters. Coach Joseph really relied on his rookies throughout the season and he was able to tap into their potential. There are seven rookies within the lineup of the 18-man team. This includes Boo Barandiaran, Joaquin Bilbao, Francis Gesmundo, Gabriel Pineda, Paolo Salud, Sigfrid Tan, and Jonathan Park. Rumor has it that Boo Barandiaran is leading the Rookie of the Year race and also a candidate for the Best Pitcher award.
With this win, the DLSU Green Batters finish the second round with a sweep and as the top seed of the tournament. They were able to avenge all their first round losses against the NU Bulldogs and long-time rivals the Ateneo Blue Batters in the second round. Offense has finally adjusted and the Green Batters’ play is quickly improving. They are going to the finals facing rivals, the Ateneo Blue Batters, with a lot of momentum. Their first game of a best-of-three series will begin on March 5, the game will be held at the same venue.