ADAMSON won a UAAP baseball title in 2000 with a team led by Romeo Jasmin, who would play a key role in the Falcons’ next championship eight years later.
The former national team pitcher discovered the next top Adamson pitcher in Jerome Yenson in his hometown of Talavera, Nueva Ecija.
Yenson’s arrival was not an instant boost, though, the ace hurler able to tow Adamson to the title only in his final year. He was named finals MVP and claimed the Best Pitcher award for the Season 80 baseball tournament as the Falcons defeated top seed La Salle in the title series.
“Graduate na po siya nung college noon nung nagte-training ako nung high school. Nung dumalaw si coach Jasmin sa school namin, nakita niya ako na may potential ako at ’yung iba kong kasama,” the 21-year-old Yenson.
“Salamat sa kanya. High school ako, siya nag-recruit sa akin at nag-tiyaga na turuan ako nung nag-uumpisa ako hanggang ngayon.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos. Sa lahat ng sumumporta sa akin. Last year ko na, nakuha pa namin ‘yung championship. Hindi po nasayang ’yung pinaghirapan namin,” Yenson said.
Adamson coach Orlando Binarao said that there is a mine for baseball talent in Batangas, the recruitment battle is so tough he needs to look for players elsewhere.
He got the boost from Talavera.
“Mahirap din kasi unahan kasi ngayon ang recruitment,” said Binarao, a former member of the Philippine Blu Boys softball national team.
“Kung sino na lang ang dumarating sa akin, pinagtiya-tiyagaan ko na lang sa training.”
“Mostly tiga-Tanauan. High school pa lang, sinasabi ng mga coaches nila na dadalhin sa Adamson, sabi ko walang problema. Actually, ‘yung mga coaches nila, mga kilala ko, mga kumpare ko rin,” said Binarao, who has eight players from Tanauan in its current roster.
“Siguro nagtitiwala sila na dito ipapasok sa Adamson. Tinatanggap ko naman lahat ng rinerecruit sa akin,” said Binarao.
Now with Binarao is focusing on finding more talent as the Falcons go for back-to-back titles.
“Meron pang darating na magta-tryout, tiga-Tanauan pa rin,” said Binarao.