Rookie Showcase: DLSU Green Batters overcome UST Golden Sox
Published on February 6th, 2015 | by Deion Bandril
The DLSU Green Batters prevail over the UST Golden Sox with a 2-0 win. The game was held last February 5 at the Rizal Baseball Stadium.
Defense was the biggest highlight of the game. Both squads showed excellent defense throughout the whole game. Luckily for the Green Batters, they made some lucky hits which gave them two runs.
First inning started fast for the Batters. They continued to put the ball on play and were able to make a run; the run was made by Franco Hashimoto. Offense may have clicked, but the Golden Sox were able to intensify their defense. Clearly the Sox’ pitcher was on fire by striking out several heavy hitters of DLSU.
Golden Sox’ defense was very evident during the matchup. Pitching was their field of expertise during this game. They forced DLSU to strikeout or either hit fly balls. Fielders were able to catch those fly balls which then resulted to outs. The Batters couldn’t make a huge impact against them.
Even Coach Joseph Orillana was convinced that luck was on his team’s side on making those two runs. He said, “Kung baga sa boxing, na lucky punch namin sila. Para bang lucky hit. Na-drive namin [yung bola] at nalagay namin sa gap, kaya kami naka-score.” He appreciated how both opposing teams played really tough defense during the game.
The defense for the Taft-based squad was exquisite. It was a rookie showcase from the pitcher-catcher combo of Vicente Barandiaran and Joaquin Bilbao. This was their first time to start this season and both were able to contribute big time. Vicente Barandiaran showed excellent pitching by completely nullifying UST’s offense. His performance resulted to a shut-out and UST couldn’t score throughout the whole game.
Team captain Carlos Laurel commended the rookies’ performance; he commented “The rookies have been waiting for their time to shine. This game just shows how bright the future is for this team. Honorable mention for Boo [Barandiaran], he pitched the whole game. I can’t even remember the last time I saw a shut-out by any player, much more a rookie. It’s good they’re getting exposure and they’re delivering.”
Coach Joseph Orillana decided to mix up the lineup for this game by letting the usual reserves start. This strategy would let the veterans of the team, like Carlos Laurel, come off the bench fresh late in the game, thus making the team’s performance more efficient late in the game. Dino Imperial made the last run for the Batters around the 6th inning.
“Defense and pitching wins championships.” says Carlos Laurel, and if they continue their defensive approach we can say they’re on the right track in winning this season’s championship.
The DLSU Green Batters will next participate in a rivalry match against the defending champions Ateneo. Both squads will finally face off once again after last season’s finals heartbreak for the Batters. This highly anticipated game will end the first round of the baseball tournament. It will be held this February 8 at the Rizal Baseball Stadium.