DEFENDING champions Adamson Lady Falcons made quick work of the University of the East Lady Warriors in an abbreviated five-inning match, 9-3, on Thursday to remain unbeaten in UAAP Season 79 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
The Lady Falcons pounced on bad pitching by the Lady Warriors in the second inning, scoring five runs.
“Luckily lang na 'yung kalaban namin nag-e-error. 'Yun yung isa sa mga talagang advantages na pino-promote ng national team na short game,” said Adamson mentor Ana Santiago, who is also the national team coach.
“Yung palo namin, nasa lupa ngayon kaya malaki yung tulong. Yung hitting, hindi pa rin ganun kaganda but yung defense was there,” Santiago said.
Meanwhile, last year’s runners-up the University of Santo Tomas Softbelles grabbed their second straight win at the expense of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 5-2.
UST switched things around, opting to start with backup pitcher Mallows Garde instead of ace pitcher Ann Antolihao. Garde returned the favor as she struck out three batters in her three innings before coach Sandy Barredo switched to Antolihao in the fourth.
Barredo said he opted to play Garde and Antolihao to give them both a good run as the two are being eyed to join the national team.
“Kasi gusto mabigyan siya ng break. May mga record kami sa national team, kailangan niyan mayroon silang monthly report, since nagstastart na training nila this coming World Championships, so sila yung ina-eye na number one or number two (Garde and Antolihao),” said Barredo.
The Lady Maroons scored an equalizer in the top of the fourth before UST answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
The De La Salle Lady Batters also grabbed their first win demolishing the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 11-1, in an abbreviated four-inning match.
Standings: AdU 2-0, UST 2-0, UP 2-1, NU 1-1, UE 1-2, DLSU 1-2, ADMU 0-3.