Published on February 13th, 2017 | by Karl Niccolo Dela Cruz0
Struck by Kryptonite: Green Batters drop game against AdU Soaring Falcons!
Superman, known for his bullet speed and extraordinary strength, was once thought to be invincible. Strong as he may be, once exposed to kryptonite, he loses his power and becomes weak to the core. It was as if the Green Batters were a victim of kryptonite after an upset win by the AdU Soaring Falcons in the UAAP 79 baseball tournament, February 12 at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Green Batters started strong with defense against the Soaring Falcons not letting Adamson score a run on the bottom of the 1st inning. On their turn to bat, the Taft-based squad made their presence felt after Paulo Salud scored a run from an Iggy Escaño swing.
The Green Batters were then bitten by the error bug when Franco Hashimoto and Tuwi Park failed to connect to let AdU score two runs on the top of the second inning. The game was left scoreless for two more innings until the San Marcelino-based squad fielded in Steven Manaig to bat for an Erwin Bosito-run increasing the Falcon’s lead.
Down 1-3, the Green Batters were able to pick up their pace on the 8th inning and took home Diego Lozano from a Barandiaran bat. Green Batter Les Cabiling was also able to go home after three failed pitches on the Adamson side to tie the match, 3-all.
At the top of the 9th inning, head coach Joseph Orillana decided to take a risk and field in Lozano for a left-handed pitch. The Green Batters were caught distraught after the Falcons managed to bat in three runs to double their lead against the Taft-based squad, 3-6. Hope may not have been lost yet for the Green Batters, but the Adamson defense proved faster and stronger for the defending champions to handle in the bottom of the 9th inning and caused them their first loss of the season.
At the huddle, OSD Director Nong Calanog gave a few words of advice to the Green Batters. “We have to work for every win. Just because we’re defending champions, hindi tayo pwedeng easy-easy,” shared Calanog. He also added that because this year comprises of a short 10-game elimination round season, the boys had to give it their all in every game. “Our title, ‘defending champions,’ always puts the bullseye sa inyo. Parang championship sa kanila yan,” he reminded the team.
Head Coach Joseph Orillana rued the lack of communication with the team and asked the team to bring back their killer instinct. “Wag kayong mawawala sa zone,” he repeatedly told the Batters. In hindsight, Orillana thought of the game as a blessing in disguise and wanted his wards to make up for the loss by doing better in the next few games. “Good thing na nangyari sa atin ito nang maaga,” he told the team.
Like Superman, the Green Batters would always know how to rise up from a Kryptonite spell. The game might just be a minor setback but the Taft-based squad is already eyeing for a major comeback in their next game. With a 2-1 win-loss record, the Green Batters will try to regain their Superman form in their next match against the NU Bulldogs, February 15, 7AM at the same venue.