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Phl bows to Japan in Aspac opener

CLARK – Host Philippines, represented by first-timer Sarangani, started its bid in the Asia Pacific Intermediate Baseball Tournament on a losing note, yielding to fancied Japan, 0-8, on a rainy Monday at Clark International Sports Complex at The Villages here.

Still adjusting to competition at this level, the Sarangani batters couldn’t hold fort on defense in the fateful second inning, where they allowed the Japanese to rack up a seven-run binge from which they couldn’t recover.
Taisei Okui and Taketo Ikenaka pounced on successive passed balls by Phl to open scoring for Japan.
Yuma Hara made it 4-0 with a two-run double before Suguru Taniguchi dashed home while the Pinoys were picking off Seiya Matsushita.
Hara scored off a balk then Issei Yoshizaki drove in Komin Toda as Japan put the game beyond Phl’s reach in the first game of the tournament sponsored by Mister Donut and the Philippine Sports Commission.
“Maganda naman ang pinakita ng mga bata (They played well) considering this is our first time and we played Japan, which is used to playing in the World Series,” said coach Lord Ken Naval, whose Sarangani team is being cheered on by a contingent of supporters led by Gov. Steve Solon, Vice Gov, Elmer De Peralta, Maitum, Sarangani Mayor Alexander Bryan Riganit and Provincial Board members along with parents.
“We did our best. We were hitting their pitches but just couldn’t translate it to runs, and we had some catching errors,” he added.
Phl’s other representive, ILLAM, was playing Australia in the Senior League Baseball division at presstime.
Guam thwarted Seniors holder CNMI in the opener, 12-7.(pr)

Record field vies in Southern Classic

Action in the 2013 Southern Classic Baseball and Softball inter-school tournament resumes on Oct. 12-13 with the third leg dubbed as the Nuvali Southern Classic with 54 teams from around 154 schools and five community teams clashing for top honors at Nuvali Field in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Organized by the Junior Baseball Softball Foundation of the Phils. (JBSFP) and the Alabang Baseball and Softball Club (ABSC), the annual event features various baseball and softball school teams in Metro Manila and Southern Luzon with this year’s staging drawing a record field.
It kicked off last Sept. 14-15 with the Cherifer Southern Classic at Alabang Country Club and Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium with the second leg, also dubbed the Cherifer Southern Classic being played this weekend at Alabang Country Club, Greenfieldin Sta. Rosa, Laguna and at Rizal Memorial.
The championship leg – the Acer Southern Classic – will be held Oct. 19-20, also at Nuvali Field.
Events on tap are Coach Pitch (8-under), Minors Boys (10-under), Major Boys (12-under), Junior Boys (14-under), Senior Boys (18-under), Major Girls (12-under), Senior Girls (18-under) and the Open division.
De La Salle-Zobel, PAREF Southridge School, Bayanan Elem. School, La Salle-Canlubang, PAREF Woodrose School and De La Salle Lipa head the cast that also includes La Salle Antipolo, La Salle Greenhills, UP, DLSU, Ateneo, National U, Assumption Antipolo, Miriam College, Alabang Tigers, Smokey Mountain, Makati Mavericks, City of Pasig and the Philippine Habagat.
The ABSC put up the tournament to provide the Alabang and Muntilupa communities a youth baseball and softball program for kids aged 5-18 and develop their fundamental skills and create a fun and enjoyable baseball and softball experience for children. For details, log on to www.absc.ph.
Backers of the tournament are the Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc., International Container Terminal Services, Inc., Gatorade, Krispy Kreme, Cherifer, Acer, Max’s, Gigawatt Power, Inc., Splash, Jamba Juice, Lifeline Rescue, Constellation Travels, Inc., Petrolift, Inc., Alaska, CDO Bibbo Cheesedog, Chowking, Equilibrium Intertrade Corp.,  Foton, Green Icon, Inc., Jollibee, McDonalds, Red Ribbon, San Marino, San Miguel Corp., Shakey’s, Uratex, Vivere Hotel, Wilson, Nuvali, Fox and Solar Sports, Star Sports, GNTV, Greenfield Development Corp., Nuvoland Philippines, Inc. and Robinsons Land Corp.(pr)

Korea wins Pony Aspac crown; Habagat repeat as SEA champs

South Korea upstaged holders Chinese Taipei, 6-5, to cop the crown in the Pony International Asia-Pacific Bronco Division Championship yesterday in a rain-delayed finals showdown at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Koreans leaned on the hot bats of Shin Geon Hee, who delivered two RBIs and one run in a 2-for-3 clip, and the solid pitching of ace hurler Kim Dae Han, who shut out the rallying Taiwanese in the last four innings, to prevail in the tightly-fought match twice delayed by heavy downpour spawned by tropical depression “Isang.”
A selection of top 11-12 year-old players from Seoul, Gyunggi-do and Chunching-do, Korea dethroned last year’s world titlist Taipei and earned the right to represent Aspac in the PONY International Bronco World Series slated Aug. 1-4 in Los Alamitos, California.
“The boys played well and they displayed teamwork and great team spirit throughout the tournament,” Korea coach Lee Hee Jun, whose wards reached the World Series for the premier division for the first time, said through an interpreter.
The Philippine Habagat ended their campaign in the six-nation tourney on a high note as they nipped Indonesia in the Southeast Asian championship match, 12-0, to easily retain the title.
The Habagat peppered the Indons with 13 hits in the matchup that went the full distance while pitchers Stephen delos Santos, Naoki Akita, RJ Aranzanzo, and Enzo Montemayor combined for a two-hitter as the Pinoys reasserted its mastery in SEA.
Korea outlasted Taiwan in a nip-and-tuck finale that took nearly four hours to settle as a result of two suspensions of play in the bottom fifth, the first break lasting 20 minutes and the second reaching an hour.
The Koreans opened up a 6-3 cushion in the top of the third, and then with Kim holding fort, weathered the fightback of the Taiwanese under the rains to secure the title in the four-day regionals backed by McDonald’s, Purefoods, Gatorade, Magnolia Purewater, Nutrilite, Jamba Juice, Angel’s, Country Style Donuts.
“It’s a very exciting game and I’m satisfied with our performance,” said Lee.
Leadoff batter Kim Geon Woo quickly got things going for Korea as he slammed a home run that Shin followed up with a run-scoring double for a 2-0 initiative.
Taiwan wrested the upperhand in the second,  3-2, via RBI singles by Chang Heng and Wu Chen Hua and a sacrifice fly by Hung Chin Yu that drove Wu home.
Korea swayed the game back to their side with a four-run binge in the top of the third with Shin’s run-scoring double and sub Cho Won Bin’s two-run single giving them a 6-3 cushion.
The Taiwanese struck back with Cheng Yi Hsuan’s two-run homer in the bottom third to make it 6-5. But the Kim and Koreans held the former champs scoreless the rest of way to complete the upset championship.(pr)

Dabawenyos to join Baseball Study in Japan, thank Datu Uchida Foundation and Kichijoji Lions Club officials

Joaquin P. Sarabia, Davao City Baseball Association president, thanks the Datu Uchida Development Foundation and the Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club officials for sponsoring their baseball study tour in Japan on August 7 to 14 on Thursday's DSA Forum at the Tower Inn. Also in the photo is Rain Baco of Jollibee Fun Run and Dr.Billy Magdale of DATBA (center).
Joaquin P. Sarabia, Davao City Baseball Association president, thanks the Datu Uchida Development Foundation and the Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club officials for sponsoring their baseball study tour in Japan on August 7 to 14 on Thursday's DSA Forum at the Tower Inn. Also in the photo is Rain Baco of Jollibee Fun Run and Dr.Billy Magdale of DATBA (center).
Datu Uchida Development Foundation Inc. officer-in-charge Ines P. Mallari (right) announces the trip of Davao City Baseball Association officials to Japan for the Baseball Study Tour on August 7 to 14 for the Dabawenyos to gain insights, strategies and techniques about the sport and improve the baseball game in Davao City. With her at the weekly DSA Forum at Tower Inn on Thursday is Philta regional vice president Juanito Cansino Jr. who announced the holding of the RRD-Inday Sara Kadayawan Tennis Tournament on August 15 to 17 at the Eco 4 and Davao Capitol Tennis Clubs.
Datu Uchida Development Foundation Inc. officer-in-charge Ines P. Mallari (right) announces the trip of Davao City Baseball Association officials to Japan for the Baseball Study Tour on August 7 to 14 for the Dabawenyos to gain insights, strategies and techniques about the sport and improve the baseball game in Davao City. With her at the weekly DSA Forum at Tower Inn on Thursday is Philta regional vice president Juanito Cansino Jr. who announced the holding of the RRD-Inday Sara Kadayawan Tennis Tournament on August 15 to 17 at the Eco 4 and Davao Capitol Tennis Clubs.

4th Davao City Baseball Cup on Feb.20 to 22

The 4th Davao City Baseball Cup initiated by the Datu Uchida Development Foundation with the support of Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club, the Japan Consul in Davao, Unifrutti and others is on Feb.20 to 22.

The opening ceremony on Feb.20 starts at 8 a.m. at the University of Mindanao Matina campus.

The awarding ceremony is on Feb.22, 6 p.m., at the Apo View Hotel.

According to Foundation sports coordinator Yusuke Uchida, grandson of Datu Tatsuo, 20 teams are expected to join the tournament for the elementary and high schools boys in Davao City.

Sarabia heads Davao City Baseball Association

 

Datu Uchida Development Foundation Sports Coordinator Yusuke Uchida explains the intentions of the Foundation in the formation of the Davao City Baseball Association (DCBA).(Photo courtesy of the Davao Sportswriters Association)

Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA) Regional Director Joaquin “Boy” Sarabia was elected as the first president of the Davao City Baseball Association.
DCBA was formally formed to help in the development of the sport in the city, a move initiated by the Datu Uchida Development Foundation (DUDF).
The Uchida Foundation with the help of its sponsors has bankrolled the past two Davao City Baseball Cup that has drawn 32 little league baseball teams. The third edition is scheduled in February next year.
DUDF Sports Coordinator Yusuke Uchida was elected Vice-President who agreed to have DCBA affiliated with PABA.
The affiliation, said Sarabia, will soon be worked out to give Davao City a strong representation in the PABA.
Aside from working on local baseball development, DCBA will coordinate with the plans and programs of PABA.
The creation of DCBA will also give representation to all baseball stakeholders in Davao, said Sarabia.
“We will concentrate in Davao City first. After that, we soon hope to become stronger and link with other baseball groups in the region,” said Sarabia, who is also Sports Director of the University of Mindanao that produced outstanding baseball players like Ruel Batuto and Edmer del Socorro, both members of the national team who formed part also of the squad that won a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games held in Manila.