THE Davao Region men's baseball team defended its title in the just-concluded 2017 Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) National Championships held in Iba, Zambales.
Davao Region blanked Cagayan Valley, 12-0, in the championship match following a 6-5 win over Bicol Region, 6-5.
Davao, coached by multi-titled Vincent Ryan Sarabia, also annexed wins over Soccsksargen Region (13-2), represented by South Cotabato, and Central Visayas (17-8), bannered by Bohol players.
Coach Sarabia, in a Facebook chat with SunStar Davao, said he's proud of his players.
"Pasalamat sad ko mga additional players nako na gikan sa UM (University of Mindanao) Tagum og UM Panabo kay nakatabang sila og dako sa team. Wala kayo miy tarong nga praktis pero sige ra mi dula og liga para sa Prisaa national (I'm thankful for our additional players from University of Mindanao Tagum and UM Panabo since they also helped the team so much. We really didn't practice a lot but we just joined tournaments as
part of our preparations for the Prisaa nationals)," Sarabia, who was hailed as best coach, said.
Dabawenyos Lowie Jhon Chan, Mark Dave Avenido and Jester Dave Mansalayao also received special awards. Chan romped away with the most valuable player and most stolen bases honors while Avenido bagged the most runs batted-in title and Mansalayao was hailed as best pitcher.
The Davao team was also composed of Richard Abastillas, Vince Agmata, Christian Quilvir Jun Bacalso, Edgardo Baniog, Jr., JohnwilCadotdot,
Alnyl Jay Capapas, Rodniel Dolar, Gennie Lumictin, Ramek Morre and Darel Dave Olaivar.
Sarabia was assisted by Emmanuel Rivera while Joaquin Sarabia served as team manager.