CADIZ Sluggers survived the month-long of tough battles at the Hda. Lourdes Ballpark in Manapla town with a sweet 3-1 victory over Hda. Gaston Marals last June 10, 2017 and claim the 1st Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. Inter-Hacienda Softball title.
Best pitcher and eventual ‘most valuable player’ awardee Eugenio Elinon spearheaded the Sluggers’ quest with great incredible pitching skills. The former Cadiz City star pitcher, though in his 60s still wowed the crowd with his ability to make some fastballs.
After Abelardo Agudo-mentored Sluggers scored 3 runs in the first inning, the Maral worked hard to catch up with a run in the 3rd inning to cut the lead, 3-1. While both sides trying to hit additional runs in the fourth under the sun’s scorching heat, the rain unexpectedly poured at the ballpark – forcing the officials to suspend the games. After 10 minutes, the rain stopped and the game resumed as both team tried to push for more runs but, the scoreboard stood at the end of the seventh.
With the win, Sluggers went home with Php 10,000 cash incentive and a trophy while Maral got Php 7,000 with a trophy.
Also suited up for the Sluggers are: Anthony Rosales, Jay and Cielo Canete; Joebert and Nestor Diaz; Danilo and Dionisio Catague; Ulmarie Pope Salutin, Anthony Belera, Melchor Cabalida, Nonilo Manera, Nestor Villaruz, Felimon Magbanua, Nestor Villacin , Mariel Gelmay, and the Elinons – Wenio, Euben, Arvy Elinon and Andy; and assistant coach Ulpiano Salutin, Jr.
Meanwhile, Cadiz-Burgos finished 2nd runner-up after beating Dos Hermanos in a closely fought match, 8-7 after 7 innings. Burgos’ Aryvy Besejos and Ruff Belera were also awarded ‘best homerun’ and ‘best hitter’.
Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante said that the tournament will further encourage more teams to compete in future competitions. “With the young kids watching the games, I encourage them to join and play softball instead of going into drugs and other vices,” she said – adding that the program is part of their continuous fight against illegal drugs.
Also during the closing ceremony, Manapla Mayor Escalante and the local government recognized former softball players who served and brought pride to the town 50 years ago.
The awardees include: Inter-Scholastic Softball Competition players Letecia Itchon, Virgilia Martinez-Palic, Erlinda Ditchella, Clarita Ditchella, Purita Palomo, Terisita Romo, Rosela Hayawon, and Hernane Lorica. Also earned recognition are Palarong Pambansa players Eriberto Buison, Ero Terencio, Eric Terencio, Jimmy Gabayeron, Delia Ditchella, Liza Gayatin, Janet Espelera, Genelyn Espelera, and now international coach Antonio Oquindo Jr., and former regional coach Arturo Aguirre.
“To my fellow local chief executive, let’s honor and recognize our elders who have rendered services, brought pride and recognitions to our cities, towns and our province,” she added.
Also present during the event are former town mayor Manolet Escalante, Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel ‘Nonong’ Verdeflor and Tournament Director Tony Oquindo Jr..*
(Photo Credit: Richard Malihan)