UAAP Softball Finals: No matter when they hit, Adamson scores

Philip Matel on Mar 16, 2018 01:58 PM
No matter when they hit, Adamson scores
Riezel Calumbres knows she had to make the Game 2 count, because she would not want her and her four other graduating teammates end their playing careers with a loss.

For the first time since 2010, Adamson had their backs against the wall against UST. They trailed 1-0 in the UAAP Softball championship series for the first time ever.

And long-time head coach Ana Santiago knows that changes had to be made if they want to extend their dynasty, much more stretch the series to even have a remote possibility of that happening.

Santiago said she was restless on the night before Game 2 Friday, thinking on how to shake up her batting order, since making such a drastic change in her offense may spell doom for the dynasty.

"Hindi talaga ako nakatulog kagabi, pinag-iisipan ko talaga yung batting order ko. Lahat nagbago sa batting order ko, ni-reshuffle ko talaga. Even me na-surprise na ganito yung nangyari," the Blu Girls head coach said after their 8-5 win.

One of her most drastic changes was putting senior Riezel Calumbres, who has been the designated top batter for most games, and relegated her to be the eight hitter, which is second to the last.

Calumbres wasn't exactly coming off from a good Game 1, as she was 0-4 on hit attempts and was struck out two times.

So the veteran did not think twice of accepting her coach's decision of sending her in the bottom of the batting order.

"Pero kahit na may changes, tinanggap namin yun," the graduating Calumbres said. "Kahit saan kami mapunta. Basta maglaro tayo. Ilalaban natin to para sa team, hindi para sa sarili lang natin."

Calumbres, who was seemingly woken up by her terrible performance the previous game, woke up and drilled three hits, including an RBI single that put the Lady Falcons on the board.

The second baseman knows she had to make the Game 2 count, because she would not want her and her four other graduating teammates end their playing careers with a loss.

But their collective minds scrambled to a frenzy when UST zoomed to a 3-0 lead from a CJ Roa three-run home run.

'May doubt. Hindi mo talaga masisisi na may doubt, tatlo. Sabi ko, wow, tatlo agad. Sabi ko okay lang isa-isa lang, step-by-step, mahahabol namin sila. Nakikita ko sas bawat teammate ko na 'lalaban kami, babawi kami'."

With the game tied a 3 apiece headed to the sixth inning, Adamson knew that they had to score, and score they did. They tallied five runs, blowing the game wide open, sealing the victory for the seven-time defending champions.

"Nandoon yung eagerness namin. Bawat. Sa susunod na batter, pumatong ka lang, itutulak kita. Nandoon kami. Yung 6th inning, crucial talaga siya sa amin. Pag naka-score kami, mananalo kami. Yan ang lagi sabi ni coach Ana sa amin."

Now that she faces her final game donning the blue on Tuesday, she hopes for storybook ending to her five-year career -- another championship for the Queens of the collegiate softball scene.

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