Published on February 9th, 2017 | by Deion Bandril0
Winning Ways: Green Batters overcome UST Golden Sox 11-4
The DLSU Green Batters outplay the UST Golden Sox 11-4 last February 8; they started their title defense with two straight wins after demolishing the UP Fighting Maroons in their previous game 19-1. Both games took place at the Rizal Memorial Baseball stadium.
Catching Up with the Golden Sox
It was a slow start for the Green Batters as they gave up two runs from a 2-RBI from the UST counterparts early on in the first inning. Fielding was also an issue for the Taft-based squad as they gave up errors thus giving UST the early lead. The Green-and-White team tried to make sense on offense which was highlighted by a run from Pascual coming from a Diego Lozano RBI in the third inning. As the top of the fourth inning commenced, Iggy Escaño made a solo home run to tie the game a two runs apiece for both teams. However, the Golden Sox quickly counters the La Salle’s offense by making two more runs bringing back the deficit to two runs, 2-4. F
Momentum Finally Arrives
The Green Batters finally connected on the plate by make three runs in the fifth inning. It began with a run by Paul Naguit coming from another Diego Lozano RBI. Though he flied out, it was then quickly followed by another run, this time from this year’s King Unicorn Franco Hashimoto after a Cabiling RBI. Last season’s best hitter, Paolo Salud, made the third run as he stole home. With that 3-run rally, they finally lead the game at 5-4.
Tuning the Offense and Shutting Down UST
As the Batters had the lead, they proceeded to show their defensive prowess by shutting down UST’s attempts at making runs. They held them down as they continued to connect in the plate. All bases were loaded by Boo Barandiaran, Pascual, and Naguit during the top of the fifth inning. Paolo Salud then took a hit form the Golden Sox’ pitcher thus having Barandiaran walking home getting the run. This was also followed by UST letting Diego Lozano walk getting another run by Pascual for DLSU. Lastly, a sacrifice RBI by Cabiling finally brought home Paul Naguit to increase their score to eight runs against UST’s four runs early on.
Escaño’s Power Hit
With the UST’s momentum severed by La Salle’s defense, the España-based squad could no longer make a run for the rest of the game. In the eight inning, it was once again all bases loaded for DLSU. Paolo Salud, Diego Lozano, and Cabiling were begging to reach home plate as Iggy Escaño was ready to bat. To top off his solo home run earlier, Iggy connected with a 3 RBI double bringing home his teammates. With that power hit, the DLSU Green Batters finally reached double-digits with 11 runs clocked in. The game then ended with the score 11-4 as UST couldn’t survived the batting onslaught of DLSU.
With that win, they remain unscathed with a record of 2-0. Coach Joseph Orillana still felt there was something lacking from his Green Batters. He commented, ““Sabi ko nga sa kanila, one game at a time. Hindi naman puwedeng laging nasa atin yung momentum,m ay mga time din na mauunahan tayo. Ang importante ay kung paano sila mag-adjust sa ganung pangyayari” He reiterated that all the team had to do was to focus, adjust, and stick to the game plan to get the win. Coach also praised the batting of Iggy Escaño and how his pitchers were able to rest. Iggy was the designated hitter in the first nine to replace the starting pitcher, Kiko Gesmundo, in batting. He explains that pitchers could focus more on pitching and get the rest they deserve as Iggy comes in as the DH.
The DLSU Green Batters did have minor setbacks in their game, but they stayed calm and focused to come out with the W. They will next face Adamson February 12, the game will still be held at the same venue at around 2:00pm.