Crossing Bayabas nails 6th Baseball Cup crown

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


AS EXPECTED, multi-titled Crossing Bayabas National High School (CBNHS) nailed its sixth straight championship by thumping Baguio National High School of Arts and Trades, 10-0, in the High School division finals of the 9th Davao Baseball Cup at the University of Mindanao (UM) Matina field over the weekend.

CBNHS pitcher Lowie Jhon Chan was also hailed as most valuable player (MVP) for the third straight year.

"Gusto man gyud nako magbilin ug hangdumanan sa tim kay dili naman ko makadula sa Baseball Cup sunod tuig. Dako kaayo akong kalipay nga nadepensahan among titulo (I just want to leave a legacy for my team since I won't be eligible to play next year. We are overjoyed to have defended our title)," said the 16-year-old Chan who graduated just recently.

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Chang, who started playing baseball when he was 11, was joined by Richard Abastillas, Arnulfo Alonzo, Jr., Dee Jay Escarlan, John Rey Hawom, Charles Lois Ferrer, Rudy Mabini, Jr., Wilfredo Mabolis, Jr., Niño Benedick Plaza, Arnel Sadino and twin King Ely and King Niel Torres in the Willie Bayocboc-coached team.

Next stint for Chang, the third among four children of Rolando, who delivers textile, and Divina, a housewife, deliverer will be the Palarong Pambansa set on May 4 to 12 where he hopes that the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) squad will improve its finish.

Bayocboc, for his part, lauded his boys' performance: "Disiplina ug tugot sa Ginoo, mao na ang nakapadaug sa among tim. Maski unsa pa ka kusog o ka talented imong tim kung dili ihatag sa Ginoo, dili gihapon ka mudaug. Nagbunga ang disiplina sa mga bata sa training nga muabot duha hangtod tulo ka oras matag adlaw (Discipline and God's will made it possible for us to win. No matter how strong or how talented one's team, without the will of God, a victory is never possible. The boys' discipline in training, which covers two to three hours every day, paid off)."

The team received a cash prize of P8,000 and a champion's trophy, a plaque, medal for each player and baseball equipment.

Baguio batters, meanwhile, claimed P4,000 while newcomer Maryknoll High School of New Corella in Davao del Norte got P2,000 after crushing Calinan National High School, 19-2.

Yoshina Maruyama, president of major sponsor Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club, led other officers in awarding the prizes to the winners of the annual baseball event that attracted 19 teams.

It was co-presented by Datu Uchida Development Foundation, Inc., Davao City Baseball Association and Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School.

This year's meet was organized as part of the 77th Araw ng Dabaw Sportsfest. The city government of Davao sponsored the cash prizes.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 01, 2014.

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