The Western Visayas Softball Team topped the elimination in their bracket by defeating Region 3, Region 7, and host Region 11 here in Tagum City, Davao del Norte for the annual National PRISAA Games competitions. They will face Region 10 from Cagayan de Oro, ranked 2 in the other bracket, in the crossover semi-finals tomorrow, April 10, 2014.
VERSUS REGION 11
The WVPRISAA first faced host Region 11 softbelles from the University of Mindanao on the first day of competitions. Being the host of this year’s competitions, the Southern Mindanao PRISAA team presented a big threat for the Region 6 batters.
With the crowd cheering for the host, the game started strong for Region 11 as they scored their first run in the first inning via a home run by Pitcher Estoconing. But the WVPRISAA girls battled back in the bottom of the first inning by scoring 3 runs via 2 quick runs when Ma. Diane Treyes’ bunt resulted to an RBI and a run via a throwing error by pitcher Tampos to the first base thereby plating Tweedle Gee Samson. A sacrificed fly-RBI by Geia Lyn Dechosa plated Ma. Kristin Gulfan to close the first inning. The first inning dictated the tempo for the next innings for both teams.
With accurate pitching by Jane Daras and Dechosa, the host team struggled to score in the next two innings. Accurate and controlled hitting by the WVPRISAA which caused errors on the field allowed them to score 4 more runs.
A changed of pitcher from Region11 in the fourth inning shortly controlled the game defensively and allowed them to score 2 runs in the fourth and sixth inning, respectively.
The Western Visayas Softball Team closed the game with 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning courtesy by an RBI each for Cristine Sebuan and Dechosa that plated Gulfan and Ferly Joy Pagulong for the final score of 9-3 for the Western Visayas PRISAA team.
VERSUS REGION 3
The Western Visayas Softball team then faced Wesleyan University of the Philippine-bannered Region 3 team. The game turned out to be a short one as the WVPRISAA team won via the 15-run mercy rule that ended in the third inning with the final score of 16-0.
Gulfan, Samson, and Treyes contributed home runs with RBI’s in the offense for the Region 6 softball team. Daras and Jergen Penafiel controlled mound to secure the win.
VERSUS REGION 7
On the last day of elimination games, the WVPRISAA faced the University of Bohol-bannered Region 7 softball team. Once again, the game ended in the third inning via the 15-run mercy rule with a final score of 33-1.
Those wins enabled the Western Visayas Softball team to top their bracket and face Region 10 PRISAA, the ranked 2 from the other bracket. University of the Cordilleras topped the other bracket with a 3-0 standing and will face host-Region 11 in the first game of tomorrow’s crossover semi-finals. The battle for third and the Championship games will be played on Friday, April 11.
THE WESTERN VISAYAS SOFTBALL TEAM
The Western Visayas PRISAA softball team is mainly composed of Central Philippine University Softball student-athletes from Iloilo City with one pick-up player from Saint Anthony College in Antique Province. These CPU student-athletes are Ma. Marriel Arnado, Jeraldine Ayore, Jane Daras, Geia Lyn Dechosa, Ma. Kristin Gulfan, Ailyn Grace Lawag, Ferly Joy Pagulong, Jergen Penafiel, Tweedle Gee Samson, Cristine Sebuan, Rhea Sevilla, Herjea Faye Sinogbuhan, Ma. Diane Treyes, Vanessa Mae Zaragoza, and SAC’s Michelle Soriano. The team is coached by Head Coach Pastor Kim Dela Cruz, Assistan Coach Pastor Mark Arliss Cloma, and Pitching Coach Jose Hechanova.
Article written by McRliz
Article written by McRliz