Sweet Revenge: DLSU Green Batters redeem themselves against ADMU Blue Batters, 14-12
Published on February 28th, 2015 | by Deion Bandril
The DLSU Green Batters avenged their first round loss to the Ateneo Blue Batters with a 14-12 win at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium. This win also marks their return trip to the finals against Ateneo. The whole team was on point on offense and was able to make a hot start early in the game.
Seven runs were made by the DLSU Green Batters in just the first inning. An offensive explosion which was last seen on their 1st game against UP in which they made nine runs. On the offensive side, everyone was on point. Ateneo had a rough time on the field, which led to countless errors. This proved to be a consistent curse as Ateneo has lost their last three games due to major field errors. Though they may have had a hard time on defense, the Katipunan-based squad was able to bounce back on offense. They made a decent rally in which they made 4 runs. First inning ended with the score 7-4.
Momentum was flowing on the side of the Green Batters. They were able to continue their heavy hitting throughout the next innings. Carlos Muñoz and Dino Imperial were able to make runs in the second inning. On the Atenean side, they too were able to make runs. Ateneo looked consistent on their swings, which is evident in all their previous games. Heavy hitter of their team, Matt Laurel, usually leads the offense for the Blue Batters.
Starting pitcher for the Taft-based squad was rookie Jonathan Park. Though he may have had a raunchy pitching debut, he still proved to be reliable. Pitching duties were then shifted to Carlos Laurel by the middle innings.
Momentum was once again swinging and it suddenly ended up on the Blue Batters side. On the fourth inning they were able to make three runs, chasing the score to 12-7. On the next inning they also made two more before Dino Imperial made a classic run on the inning, which shook the Ateneo team. Imperial proved to be the standout for this game; thus bringing back the momentum on the DLSU side.
In the late innings, the score was 13-9 in favor of the Green Batters. By the 8th inning both teams were able to make a run. DLSU’s run was made by rising rookie Boo Barandiaran. Ninth inning came and the DLSU Green Batters were suddenly put out by Ateneo’s defense. They were not able to make a run even though all the bases were loaded. Defense for the Blue Batters sprung back to life and it proved to be deadly for the Taft-based squad. Pitching duties were then passed on to one of DLSU’s best pitchers, Carlos Muñoz.
Carlos was preserved from pitching throughout the whole season. This was his second time pitching and both were on the late innings of the DLSU-ADMU games. Though he may have been scouted as the best, Carlos Muñoz looked out-of-focus during his first few pitches. He made wonderful pitches but couldn’t strikeout most of the Ateneo players. Some walked for Ateneo, Matt Laurel surprisingly hit a fastball, and one actually struck out. One out for Ateneo, and the all the bases were loaded. This led to two clutch runs for Ateneo. The lead diminished to 14-12 and the bases were once again loaded. One homerun could seal the deal for Ateneo, but one of their trusted heavy hitters succumbed to Carlos Muñoz’ impeccable pitching. Two outs for Ateneo and both teams were on edge. Carlos delivered a fastball but was hit. That hit turned out to be a short fly ball that could be easily caught. Luckily for DLSU, Boo Barandiaran, coming from the first base made the game-winning catch. The DLSU Green Batters would leave victorious over heated rivals ADMU Blue Batters.
Coach Joseph Orillana was elated with the win and was very proud of his team. Throughout the game he trusted that his players can deliver and will be consistent throughout the game. Last inning looked frightening for DLSU since a comeback could occur for the Blue Batters but Coach Joseph had high hopes that his team can hold on until the end. He commented, “May tiwala ako sa players ko, siguro it just happened na meron talagang konting pressure, kaya di na-execute ng maayos yung play sa huli. Malaki talaga ang tiwala ko sa kanila, kaya alam ko na kaya nila i-hold yung last inning.”
Team captain, Carlos Laurel, was very happy that he and his team will be able to return to the finals. He felt that the game was one of the toughest matches he’s been through in his whole UAAP career. He appreciated how all of his teammates clicked and delivered whenever needed during the match. He added, “I’m glad that we came out with the win. As you can see, Ateneo scored a lot [and] we scored a lot. But, I’m really happy that we never stopped fighting.” He liked the improvement of the team throughout the season. He mentioned how back then their team used to have a flat offense after having two big innings. The team is far more consistent now, and the momentum is now on DLSU territory after that momentous win.
The DLSU Green Batters will continue their bout with the UP Fighting Maroons this March 1 at the same venue. The championship round against back-to-back champions, Ateneo Blue Batters, will begin on March 5 (Thursday). DLSU is trying to forget that heartbreaking championship loss they suffered last year while on the Atenean side, they’re looking for their third straight title. Momentum is big for the Green Batters since they’ve been undefeated throughout the second round and Ateneo has lost their last three games going to the championship. The DLSU Green Batters are looking to finally win the championship.