ITAKURA Parts Philippines Corporation (IPPC) arranged a title showdown with De La Salle after topping their respective brackets in the baseball competitions of the Philippine National Games (PNG) at the Rizal Memorial baseball stadium on a rainy Monday.
IPPC eliminated University of Santo Tomas, 13-3, while La Salle finished off University of the Philippines, 8-5.
The Hawks scored six runs in the sixth inning through Romel Roja, Lorenzo Ubungin, Marvin Malig, Fernando Badrina, Fedo Olivares, and Joel Lavado to take the fight out of the Golden Sox.
The Green Batters, meanwhile, outscored the Maroons, 5-1, in the fourth inning to cruise to the win.
IPPC and La Salle will battle for the championship on Tuesday.
UP took third place as UST decided to forfeit the battle for the bronze.
“Baka hindi umabot sa UAAP,” UST head coach Jeffrey Santiago reasoned out. “Fourth place na tayo mag-settle. Yung mga bata hindi na kaya, medyo pagod.”