Adamson completes 7-peat, Ateneo crowned champions again
Adamson University is still on top of the world after completing its seven-peat feat, while Ateneo successfully bounced-back to conquer the baseball crown, in Saturday’s UAAP Season 79 softball and baseball championship series at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Lady Falcons scored a 3-1 win over University of Santo Tomas, extending their domination to seven years.
The Blue Eagles, on the other hand, dominated the Growling Tigers, 14-12, in extra inning to cap their fourth title in five years.
It was Adamson University’s 16th championship, sweeping the best-of-three series, 2-0.
And despite losing ace pitcher Mary Ann Antolihao, who suffered an ACL injury, the Lady Falcons had their hands full against the Tigresses, who fought hard with Mallows Garde leading the fight, but their best wasn’t good enough to topple the much prepared Adamson side.
“Fighter yang UST. Nakita ninyo naman from last year, dikit din yan, na-force pa sa Game 3,” said Adamson University coach Ana Santiago. “If you want to win, you don’t want to rely on one person. Dapat mag-rely kayo as a whole. Yun ang ini-explain ko sa mga players.”
“Kami iniisip namin na malakas lahat ang kalaban,” said Santiago, who won her 10th title as a coach.
It was also a fitting farewell to Angelie Ursabia’s final year for Adamson University by winning the season MVP, aside from bagging the Most Homeruns and Best Slugger awards, while Lyca Basa, with an eighth-batter in the series, was named as Finals MVP.
Ateneo bounced back from loss to De La Salle in last year’s finals. (Axel Roman)