City's softball team relies on ace pitcher

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Saturday, February 8, 2014


HOPES are high when the Davao City secondary girls softball team opens its title-defense when the secondary girls softball competition of the 2014 Davao Region Athletic Asscociation (Davraa) Meet unfurls tomorrow at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City.

Reliable ace pitcher Irene Lumanas, a student of Crossing Bayabas National High School, is expected to show her usual fiery form and lead the charge for the city's title-retention bid in the regional qualifying for the Palarong Pambansa.

The daughter of Aurilla, housewife, and Rene, a farmer in Toril, said she’s not at all pressured in the competition as she is confident that her team will live up to expectations.

“We’re not pressured even though our arch-rivals prepared well for the tournament. We can do it, “she said in the vernacular during an interview with Sun.Star Superbalita at the Davao City National High School.

The third of five siblings added she won’t be doing it all alone as her teammates also share her determination to win the gold. The team underwent rigid training prior to their departure for Tagum last week.
The 13-year-old standout started playing softball in fourth grade after she was enticed by her schoolmates who were already into the sport.
“Nalingaw ko og tan-aw sa akong schoolmates sa pagdula mao to miapil ko sa ila, (I enjoyed watching them play so I joined them),” she shared.

Lumanas, whose team also qualified to join the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Batang Pinoy National Championships in Bacolod City recently, was disappointed that they were not able to participate. The Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office cancelled the city's participation to the Games due to funding constraints.

“Naguul kaayo mi, expect namo makaadto pero wala diay (It's frustrating. We’re very excited to go but we didn't)," she said.

Team coach Willie Bayocboc, for his part, praised Irene for being competitive and disciplined.

Bayoboc added, "It's easy to teach her. She's a fast learner and readily follows instructions but sometimes she commits errors in striking and pitching due to her aggressiveness."

The team is also composed of twin sister Ailene and Aixy Alonzo, Elenpe Ardepolla, Gracelyn Galicto, Dehoney Joy Halinon, Shela Mae Pelicano, Rezzterlyn Plaza, Kimberly Santiago, Liezyl Mae Taran, Jade Sejalbo and Monette Ugnap with Assistant Coach Leonora Siel.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 09, 2014.

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