Published on March 16th, 2018 | by Genrev Josiah Villamin0
DLSU Green Batters fall anew to Adamson, take home silver
The De La Salle University Green Batters finished second place in the UAAP Season 80 Baseball Tournament after suffering a sweep from the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, losing Game 2 of the Finals, 6-13, on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Despite a hot start on both ends, the Green Batters, who lost Game 1 and were eager to force a Game 3, could not protect the lead as the Soaring Falcons capitalized and never looked back.
La Salle started the game on a good note, both offensively and defensively. Best Right Fielder Diego Lozano sent his team up on the scoreboard after he completed a run. Season MVP Kiko Gesmundo followed with his own run for a 2-0 La Salle lead at the top of the first inning.
The Green Batters continued to wax hot offensively, racking up more points in the third canto after three players cycled the diamond. Gesmundo scored his second run of the game off an Iggy Escaño bat. Boo Barandiaran put La Salle up by four, 4-0, while Rookie of the Year Angelo Tantuico also sent Escaño home.
After the top of the third inning, La Salle led Adamson by five, 5-0.
However, things started to change at the bottom of the third inning. Eventual Finals MVP Jerome Yenson sent two Falcons home to cut La Salle’s lead to three, 5-2. Then, Villafaña swung a good bat that allowed two more Falcons to reach the homeplate. After three innings, La Salle’s lead shrunk to one, 5-4.
Not only defensively, but also offensively did the Green Batters’ performance declined. Through the next four innings, La Salle never reached home. Despite having several opportunities to score, the San Marcelino-based squad’s defense still did not allow the Taft-based squad to at least get to the bases and regain the momentum.
Speaking of momentum, the Soaring Falcons just continued to pound on the Green Batters, scoring three more runs in the fourth inning. Despite having two quick outs, Adamson still managed to get all bases filled off a Riparip walk. Yenson’s bat sent one home as they tied the game at 5-all. Two more Falcons completed runs to give their team a 7-5 lead after four innings.
Coming from that point, top-seeded La Salle was completely shut down by second-seeded Adamson. The latter made an impossible 13-0 run to overtake and gain complete control of the former. The Soaring Falcons led, 13-5, after six innings.
However, in the seventh inning, the Green Batters were able to halt Adamson’s frenzied offense. The latter was held to zero at the bottom of the seventh inning, only their third scoreless inning. Nonetheless, it was still the same eight point deficit for La Salle.
The Green Batters momentarily found their rhythm in the eighth inning after finally ending their scoring drought. Barandiaran hit a good angle that eventually sent Paolo Salud home. La Salle, though, still trailed by seven, 6-13. Moreover, that eventually becamse the last run for La Salle.
La Salle handed Adamson three quick strikeouts at the bottom of the eighth inning. But, the Green Batters could not convert seven points at the top of the ninth inning to at least tie the game at 13-all. As a result, the game did not see a bottom of the ninth and Adamson walked away with the gold.
The Green Batters, after winning it all in Season 78 and failing to reach the Finals in Season 79, finished first runners-up in Season 80.