Published on March 14th, 2018 | by Genrev Josiah Villamin0
DLSU Green Batters fall to Adamson in Finals opener
The De La Salle University Green Batters fell back to earth after seeing their six-game winning streak come to an end in Game One of the UAAP Season 80 Baseball Finals against the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 4-14, on Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
After stepping on the gas pedal in their 14-5 victory over the Soaring Falcons to end the eliminations, the Green Batters seemed to have run out of fuel to start the Finals.
The Soaring Falcons opened the first inning with a four points to quickly create distance. Bosito completed a run to give Adamson its first point. Riparip and Yenson then followed with their own runs. Carandang gave his team its fourth point. At the top of the first inning, Adamson was atop, 4-0.
The Green Batters, however, could not sustain their advantages. Salud, who was the only Lasallian to advance to the second base, eventually got tagged. Park could not send the ball away either as La Salle was scoreless to end their offensive. They trailed Adamson, 0-4, after the first inning.
In the second inning, La Salle was able to limit Adamson to just one point. Moreover, Tantuico completed a run to put his team on the scoreboard. In a quick sequence, Salinas and Acuña also finished a double batted by Salud. The Green Batters pull themselves to within two, 3-5, after two innings.
Adamson, though, could not be denied as they punctuated on La Salle’s errors and miscues defensively. Starting from the third inning all the way to the fifth inning, it was all Adamson ballgame.
Carandang scored another run for the Soaring Falcons in the third inning. Then, his team caught fire again as Castillo, Yenson, Manaig, and Villafaña all rounded the diamond in the fourth period. They erected a commanding seven-point lead, 10-3, after four innings.
Late at the bottom of the fourth inning, the Green Batters had a golden opportunity to end their scoring drought after Salud, Lozano, and Escaño filled all bases. However, Adamson’s precise defense hurt La Salle once more. Gesmundo’s swing landed exactly at the gloves of Adamson’s left fielder, consuming all three outs of his team in another scoreless inning.
The San-Marcelino based-squad continued to pile up on the Taft-based squads problems after another Soaring Falcons quadruple landed home. Benito gave them their 11th point, while a Castillo-Bosito double gave them a 10-point lead, 13-3. Yet, they were not done. Yenson completed another run as Adamson already tied La Salle’s previous total score of 14 points—in just five innings.
Meanwhile, La Salle remained scoreless at the bottom of the same inning.
The Green Batters, however, turned to defense in the sixth frame. They held the Soaring Falcons to a scoreless inning for the first time in the match. In addition, Lozano finally ended La Salle’s scoring drought after completing a run late in the period. After six innings, they remained down by 10, 4-14.
Another door was opened for La Salle after Adamson logged their second scoreless inning. However, the Green Batters could not deliver a single point in the seventh inning.
As a result of the mercy rule, La Salle lost the game to Adamson, 4-14. in seven innings.
The DLSU Green Batters look to bounce back in Game Two on Friday, 12 NN at the same venue.