Crossing Bayabas eyes 6th straight title today

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Saturday, March 29, 2014


TORIL-BASED Crossing Bayabas National High School (CBNHS) Crossers Sluggers booked a finals berth, as they target their sixth straight High School championship today, March 29, in the resumption of the 9th Davao Baseball Cup at the University of Mindanao (UM) baseball field.

The Willie Bayocboc-coached Crossing Bayabas lived up to their billing by toying with the hapless Calinan National High School, 11-0, in the semi-finals match Friday afternoon.

Bayocboc's wards will play against the winner of the other semis game that pits newcomer Maryknoll High School of New Corella-Davao del Norte and Baguio National High School of Davao City Saturday morning.

Maryknoll eked out a rousing 8-1 victory over first-timer Magsaysay Academy Inc. of Davao del Sur, while Baguio escaped past Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International High School, 6-5, in their respective quarter-finals games.

Crossing Bayabas pitcher Lowie Jhon B. Chan, 16, is upbeat about defending their title. He's been with the team for four years and helped them win three straight Davao Baseball Cup championships since he started pitching in his sophomore year.

"Dire-diretso na ni sa ika-unom namong titulo. Last naman gud nako ning tuiga kay graduate nako. Gusto nako naa koy mabilin nga daug sa akong tim usa ko mag-college (We are going straight to our sixth championship. This will be my last year as I had just graduated. I want to leave my team another title before I go to college)," Chan, who graduated last Thursday, said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao after their game.

Coach Bayocboc, however, said they will not be complacent about going into the finals since Maryknoll and Baguio teams are also strong teams.

Bayocboc said, "Solid among depensa. Mas nag improve among pitcher karon. Sa baseball man gud dako ang role sa pitcher sa depensa, 60 percent iyaha samtang ang uban 40 percent. Pero sa opensa kinahanglan hitters tanan pero usahay naa gihapon ma strike out sa amoa (Our defense is solid. Our pitcher improved his game. In baseball, the pitcher plays a major role in defense with 60 percent while the rest contribute 40 perccent. But in offense, all the players are hitters but there are still times we are struck out)."

Meanwhile, elementary division champion Baguio Central Elementary School secured a semis seat after hacking out a 4-0 win over visiting Asbang Elok Elementary school of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Baguio CES, thus, arranged a semis clash against PNJKIS, a 10-0 winner over SIR Matina Elementary School.

In other games, Mulig Elementary School of Toril overwhelmed A. Pichon Elementary School, 14-1, to set up a quarter-finals match against Tawantawan Elementary School of Baguio District that pounced Talomo Central Elementary School, 12-1.

Bayabas Elementary School and Ramon F. Magsaysay Elementary School also advanced by breezing past F. Bustamante Central Elementary School and San Roque Central Elementary School, respectively, via default.

A fellowship dinner was being held for all participating teams as of press time, where organizers and their sponsors were set to give free baseball equipment and certificates of participation to all teams.

Cash prizes, courtesy of the City Government of Davao, as well as plaques and baseball equipment also await the top three teams. The champion will receive the Perpetual Trophy, while the players and coach will get medals.

The league is jointly presented by the Datu Uchida Development Foundation Inc., Davao City Baseball Association, and Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club. It is supported by Yakult Philippines, Probiotics Inc., Shogakuji Temple in Fuchu City, Tokyo, Katsuhiko Umeki, Katsuhiko Tamura, Kazuma Sports, Funasho Shoji Company, Del Monte Company and PNJKI, as well as Coach Hidetoshi Suzuki, Tomoya Katayama, Nitten Company, Consul Koichi Ibara, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku, UM and Department of Education.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 29, 2014.

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