Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters picked up their fourth straight win last Thursday, March 14, after upsetting the UE Lady Red Warriors in a come-from-behind fashion, 8-7, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Still without blemish in the second round of eliminations, the Lady Batters remain steady at the second spot of the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament.
Moreover, their seventh win of the season proved enough to mark their return to the Final Four.
Team captain Jamica Arribas lauded the team’s resiliency as the team battled through a 3-6 disadvantage against UE midway through the game. “Hindi kami sumusuko kahit ahead na sa amin yung kalaban.”
But for head coach Jasper Cabrera, it was Arribas’ leadership that made it possible for the team to achieve their victory. “It would not be possible without, of course, the leadership of our captain.
Jamica, as a veteran and team captain, was able to lead the team well in terms of emotional aspect. It was not easy at the the start, but we are thankful that they are doing very well together under the leadership of their captain.”
Now that the Lady Batters are through the playoffs, their next target is to try to make it to the top two. “We are aiming na makapasok sa top two dahil advantage yun sa crossover,” said Arribas.
However, it will be a tall order as they will be up against two of the squads that dealt them losses in the first round, having Adamson and UST back-to-back as their remaining assignments. Arribas and her team will secure the second seed if they win both games.
Around the league, the Lady Falcons, the defending champions, have already secured their spot in the playoffs. Also racing for a good position in the Final Four are UST and NU.
Cabrera believes that the Lady Batters in terms of skills can truly compete. “The Lady Batters are well-skilled,” he shared. However, he also noted the need to improve the team’s fighting spirits to make up for their lack of exposure to ‘championship’ games. “We have to improve their fighting spirits. Our team is not exposed to championship games.” He continued, “They have to absorb that they already won several games and let that sink in. They defeated good teams, and now they are being looked up to as good too.”
On the other hand, Arribas specifically mentioned the team’s inconsistency in hitting. According to her, the Lady Batters still have to show more consistency if they wish to collect more wins. “We need to improve our hitting and tibay pa rin ng loob.”
They will face Adamson later today, 11 AM, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.