UAAP Softball Finals: Antolihao wants to settle unfinished business

Philip Matel on Mar 13, 2018 01:38 PM
Antolihao wants to settle unfinished business
UST pitcher Ann Antolihao hopes she could break her misfortunes, for she was not on the lucky end in the past two seasons. (FILE PHOTO)

UST star pitcher Ann Antolihao said that she will do her best to follow the same game plan for Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Softball finals as the Tigresses are on the cusp of ending Adamson's seven-year reign over the tournament.

Antolihao, who was named as the best pitcher in the Asian Softball Championship last November, delivered again for her team, throwing seven strikeouts for the Tigresses, holding their opponents scoreless in the final four innings and just five hits in the entire seven-inning contest.

"Kung gaano po sila ka-relaxed, kung gaano kami ka-relaxed kanina, sana ganoon pa rin kami sa Friday para pareho lang yung performance namin. Sana rin ma-immprove pa ang paluan kasi di pa talaga nagka-connect kami," Antolihao said after the game.

Even though she committed blunders for the two-time runner ups, allowing two home runs, the 20-year old did not allow the powerhouse to pounce on the game-swinging momentum.

"Hindi porket nag-home run sila ay di ako babangon. Hindi naman nagba-base doon ang pagiging magaling na pitcher pag na-home run ka eh. Hindi naman ibig sabihin mahina ka eh. Ipakita mo sa kanila na kahit naka-home run sila, na makakabangon ka ulit at kaya ibawi ang game."

As Adamson and UST face each other for the third straight time in the championship series, Antolihao hopes she could break her misfortunes, for she was not on the lucky end in the past two seasons.

The graduating pitcher had an eye injury in their three-game thriller in Season 78, while her dominant defensive season was cut short when she tore her ACL in Season 79.

The Cebuana added that she was restless before facing Adamson, however it was not because she was afraid of her opponents, instead she was spooked for her own wellness on the mound.

"Nandoon na naman ang takot na kung baka ano ang mangyari this season. Kasi pagdating sa gitna [sa mound], sarili mo lang ang magiging kalaban mo, hindi na yung Adamson. Sarili mo na lang iisipin mo."

Even Blu Girls and Adamson head coach Ana Santiago was in awe of the Tigress, praising Antolihao for her prolific performance.

"Pero talagang kudos to Antolihao. Talagang gustong gusto niyang maipanalo yung laro na ito para sa kanila. Sobrang controlled ng pitches niya."

On the event her team wins their first title since 2010 on Friday or Game 3 next Tuesday, Antolihao will try to enjoy every second of it, for it will be a championship three seasons in the making.

"Sobrang special po kasi last year ko na po eh. As in sobrang special, willing ko na ibuhos lahat kasi nga eto nga yung last year ko. Gusto ko na sa last year ko makuha naman sana namin ang championship."

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