AS expected, Tuburan and Minglanilla teams advanced to the finals of the 2016 Cebu Provincial Summer Games Baseball competition, following their respective victories in the semifinal round yesterday at the Mayor Exasperanza Binghay Sports Complex in Balamban.
Minglanilla booked a ticket to the finals after a 9-6 decision over Cluster B No.2 team Sogod, while Tuburan showed too much firepower over host team Balamban as they called off the match for a 10-0 win after four innings.
The championship match will be on Sunday and it will be hosted by Tuburan at the Cebu Technological University-Tuburan Campus grounds.
Balamban and Sogod will fight for the third place trophy at 9 a.m., while the Tuburan-Minglanilla championship is slated at 2pm.
Sogod had a good start as they scored three runs to open the first inning with a 3-0 lead behind the performance of Ed Lemuel Garbo, Jay Sugarol and Brian Jimenea.
Minglanilla scored two runs in the second but Sogod made two more runs to hold a 5-4 lead at end of the third inning.
Minglanilla then put up enough defensive stops in the last two innings allowing only a lone run for Sogod, while scoring five runs to win the match.
Meanwhile, Tuburan opened the match with six runs in the first inning, had one on the third and made three more runs at the top of the fourth inning, while holding off the offense of Balamban as their pitchers struck out 10 batters of the 12 batters.
The baseball tournament is a prelude to the multi-sports competition that is organized by the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission that will feature arnis, athletics, boxing, badminton, basketball, chess, futsal, karatedo, taekwondo, sepak takraw, softball, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball on May 20-22 in Balamban.