THE Baguio National School of Arts and Trades (BNSAT) Tradeans defended its high school title while Buhisan Elementary School (BES) Rockets emerged surprise elementary champion in the recently-concluded 14th Davao City Baseball Cup held at Lt. Cipriano Villafuerte Sr. Elementary School in Calinan, Davao City.
BNSAT edged Kidapawan City National High School (KCNHS) Little League Vikings, 5-3, in their titular showdown to rule the secondary division anew of the annual meet, which is an international activity of Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club and jointly organized by the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Family, Department of Education – Davao City Division, Datu Uchida Development Foundation and Davao City Baseball Association.
BNSAT’s James Vincent Nisnisan was hailed high school division most valuable player (MVP), his second time after romping away with the coveted award last year.
KCNHS was second while Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC) Bearcats finished third after crushing Digos City National High School Thunders, 8-1, in their battle for third.
Meanwhile, Bunawan-based Buhisan Rockets toppled Maniki Central Elementary School-Sped Center of Kapalong, 8-5, in the elementary finals match behind the heroics of MVP John Reive Acedilla.
The Rosalia Aglay Ayag Elementary School, for its part, blanked Tugbok Central Elementary School, 10-0, to grab the third spot.
Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School and Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku president Ines Mallari, in a Facebook post, said, “This year’s tournament was the most successful as it was well-attended from the opening until the awarding ceremony. It was likewise very festive, lively, so unpredictable, highly competitive, and truly intense. The teams likewise showed us a highly improved level of play. Thanks to all the coaches and players for playing your best. Kudos to all of you!”
She then thanked supporters from Japan and the Philippines including Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club, Del Monte Japan, Mr. Akira Sekino, Mr. Masatoshi Watanabe, Rotary Club of Katsuura, Japan-Phils Industry Council, Philippine Sports Commission, Yakult Probiotics Philippines, Consulate General of Japan in Davao, PNJKIS, MKD and Deped Davao City Division as well as the techncial officials, organizing committee and teachers and students of Calinan.
“I attribute the success of the two-day baseball tournament to all of you,” she said.
The Rosalia Aglay Ayag Elementary School, for its part, blanked Tugbok Central Elementary School, 10-0.
Winners received cash prizes, trophies, medals and baseball equipment. (MLSA)