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.
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.
Datu Uchida Development Foundation Sports Coordinator Yusuke Uchida explains the intentions of the Foundation in the formation of the ) 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.