Published on April 23rd, 2015 | by Deion Bandril0
UAAP Season 77 recap: DLSU Green Batters
The DLSU Green Batters continue their winning ways by finishing 1st runner-up in this season of UAAP Baseball. Throughout the baseball tournament, the Green Batters were able to dominate most of their opponents. With the impressive work and effort they put in, they were able to reach the finals facing rival the Blue Batters of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). Although they gave their all, the Taft-based squad couldn’t win it all in the end.
Hard work and brotherhood, those are the perfect words to describe this season’s Green Batters lineup. Each game they would grind it out and give their best performance. Slowly through the tournament, they began to master their craft and improve after each game. With all the triumphs and hardships they experienced through the season, they always had each other’s backs. Team captain, Carlos Laurel, focused on his team’s chemistry. In their games, it is evident how they could rely on each other in getting the win.
Through the elimination round of the season, the Green Batters were only able to experience two losses. Both happened during the first round coming from National University (NU) and Ateneo. But, the Green Batters were able to sweep the second round of the tournament and avenge both losses. With that sweep, they were able to finish the regular season at 1st place with an 8-2 Win-Loss record.
This season marked the UAAP debuts of Francis Gesmundo, Gabriel Pineda, Sigfrid Tan, Jonathan Park, Paolo Salud, Joaquin Bilbao, and Boo Barandiaran. Barandiaran would then prove himself as a game changing pitcher for the team. He finished his rookie year with amazing numbers as a pitcher. Having an estimated run average (ERA) of 1.994 and 3-0 win-loss record as pitcher. With these, he was able to grab the Best Pitcher and Rookie of the Year awards. This just goes to show how promising the future is for the team.
Also, this season is the end of the road for seniors Luigi Nolasco, Kenneth Ramos, Dino Imperial, and Carlos Laurel. Nolasco represented La Salle for three years with the Green Batters. Imperial and Ramos served the Green Batters for four years. And team captain, Carlos Laurel, played for DLSU for five years. During this season, Dino Imperial was considered a threat at the plate. He was a consistent hitter and was able to make a total of thirteen RBI’s. With that performance, he was able to get the Most RBI’s award which he shared with Atenean Matt Laurel.
The finals series was almost a carbon copy of last season. The DLSU Green Batters once again faced the ADMU Blue Batters in the Finals. During their regular season meetings, the record was 1-1. With La Salle having swept the second round and all the momentum was on the Green Batters’ side. Sadly, the Green Batters dropped the Finals opener to reigning champion Ateneo. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the team, but they had to push through and force a game three. Even though they gave their best efforts, the Green Batters would get swept by the Blue Batters. This would give ADMU their third straight championship.
In the end, it was still all smiles for the team. They knew they represented the school well and were able to gain the love and trust form the Lasallian community. They are looking to finally bag the elusive baseball crown next season. DLSU has been crownless for thirteen years and they plan to end the drought next season.