Davao City, virtual overall champions-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
ACE pitcher Irene Lumanas only made two strike-outs but Davao City still pulled off a 4-2 win over General Santos City to clinch the softball gold medal at the sprawling Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City yesterday.
It was an apt finish to wrap up the city's stint in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying Leg amidst funding constraints and limited time to prepare the 280-strong delegation.
Softball coach Willie Bayocboc, in an interview with Superbalita, said General Santos team adjusted with Lumanas' pitching that's why they were able to make a few hits.
"Nabasahan na sa kalaban iyahang paglabay mao maigo na nila ang bola.Naglisod gyud mi. Mubalik dayon mi ug training para madugangan among endurance kay maningkamot sad mi masungkit ang bulawan sa national finals (The rival team was able to read Lumanas' throws that's why it was easy for the rival team to hit the ball. We had a difficult time. We will resume training to improve our endurance 'coz we also want to win the gold in the nationals)," Bayocboc said.
The team, which was unbeaten all throughout the tournament, was also composed of Ailene and Ivy Alonzo, Rica Amor Ardepolla, Reica Belarmino, Gracelyn Galicto, Claire Janes Iringan, Ronna Madera, Rizzterlyn Plaza, Winnie Joy Responde, Kimberly Santiago and Jade Sejalbo.
Davao City was the virtual over-all champion in the regional eliminations having collected a total of 77 gold medals, 58 silvers and 31 bronzes as of 12 noon yesterday. The tally has yet to include those medals in softball, badminton, other chess events, boxing and lawn tennis but Davao had established a solid lead from second-running General Santos City that garnered 35 golds, 24 silvers and 24 bronzes.
Host Davao del Norte, which had a 14-14-32 medal count, was at third place followed by 10-21-20 Iligan City, 7-4-6 Surigao del Norte, 7-4-2 Cagayan de Oro City, 7-2-5 Mati City, 6-9-14 Koronadal City, 5-0-0 Gingoog City, 4-10-13 South Cotabato.
Christopher "Bong" Go, executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, in a text message said, "Congrats to our Davao athletes. We are looking forward for an overall national crown."
William I. Ramirez, officer-in-charge of the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO), was elated by the performance of the athletes and thanked Mayor Duterte as well as the City Administrator for boosting the morale of the city delegation.
Ramirez also thanked the partnership that was forged between the city government and the Department of Education (Deped) Davao City Division.
He quoted Physical Education and School Sports supervisor Jimmy Cerojales to have told the delegation, "Let's not talk about any incentive after the Batang Pinoy. We will play and prove to everybody that with shortcomings and all, we will come out the best."
Davao City's swimmers harvested a total of 29 golds, 22 silvers and 14 bronzes to lead the medal haul while the wrestling team added 19 golds, 10 silvers and one bronze.
The judokas chipped in seven golds, seven silvers and four bronzes while the taekwondo jins collected six golds, two silvers and three bronzes. The tracksters copped five golds, six silvers and three bronzes while the arnis team had five golds, two silvers and one bronze and karatedo with a 3-2-1 medal count.
The city's soft tennis team accounted for 1-2-1, cheerleading team with one gold and volleyball with two silvers and one bronze.
The next stop for the Davao winners will be Zamboanga City where the national championships will be held on Nov. 19 to 23.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 01, 2013.