After finishing sixth in the UAAP Season 80 Softball Tournament, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters enter Season 81 with a winning mindset and once again eager to prove themselves to the Lasallian community.
The Lady Batters failed to achieve their bid of a podium finish after winning only four games. La Salle won two games each in the first and second round. They hardly made a run throughout the elimination round after following up a win with a loss and a loss with another loss. Moreover, the Lady Batters came up with four scoreless losses.
Team captain Jamica Arribas described their overall campaign, “Ang ganda ng start namin sa mga games pero wala kaming finishing.” She added, “Maybe last season was not for us talaga kaya palagi kaming short.”
In spite of that, she commended her team and her teammates’ efforts during their campaign last season. “We represented the name in front of our jersey, and we showed what we got.”
With the new season approaching fast for the Lasallian athletes, trainings and preparations are relentless. Sacrifice is expected for players lined up for their respective teams for their long-awaited respective tournaments. And the Lady Batters are no exception to that.
They were not able to spend much of their offseason with their families in the province. Instead, they had to stay within the walls of Enrique Razon Sports Complex and Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium. “Sacrifice yung time namin instead na umuwi sa kanya-kanyang province,” Arribas imparted. Moreover, some of their weekends were also dedicated to trainings and tune-up games.
Although the Taft-based squad were not able to join any preseason tournaments, they played tune-up games with various university and high school teams.
Heading into Season 81, the graduating skipper is confident of her team’s chemistry in and out of the court. “We focused on building our relationship with each other,” Arribas shared. The team lost only one player due to graduation but gained three rookies. “It’s not hard to adjust dahil halos lahat sa amin ay magkakasama araw-araw at nasa iisang dorm lang.”
In addition to that, she believes that having one outlook as a team will be their strength. “We have the same goal, and that is to win. This is the strength of the team.”
“We want to prove ourselves to our coaches, managers, and parents, to OSD and the Lasallian community na kaya naming manalo,” Arribas stated. She continued, “We just need to trust in ourselves, our teammates, coaches, and God para mapagtagumpayan ang goal namin this season.”
With all that said, the Lady Batters are once again placing their bid of a podium finish. The team captain hopes that the team’s preparations will translate to winning games.
She closed, “We will push hard and work hard to make the impossible possible and we will bring good news to DLSU community.”
The DLSU Lady Batters will open their campaign tomorrow, February 16, 11 AM at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium against the UE Lady Warriors.