UAAP Baseball Finals: Kid from Talavera ends UAAP career as champion, and then some
Philip Matel on Mar 17, 2018 06:45 AM
Jerome Yenson became the spark to Adamson's scintillating offense, who opened the salvo with a 2-RBI-double that put his team on board before going to homeplate himself.
Twelve months had passed after their underwhelming fourth-place finish, the Adamson Soaring Falcons were able to bounce back and sweep the top-seeded DLSU Green Batters to win their 12th UAAP Baseball title, their first since 2010.
At the forefront is Jerome Yanson, the Falcons' "lethal weapon," who had delivered on his Game 1 promise that he will deliver a championship to San Marcelino before he ends his collegiate career.
He is graduating as a champion. And then some.
The two-way player was also hailed as the Finals MVP, going 3-of-5 on hits, tallying two RBIs on offense, and also showed his defensive prowess as the season's best pitcher, throwing six strikeouts, and only one run in the last six innings in their Game 2 victory.
It was not even supposed to be Adamson's day. La Salle was expected to bounce back and show their muscle, for they were the most dominant in the eliminations, losing only once in ten games.
DLSU was actually having a field day in the first three innings, pushed the pedal to the metal and led 5-0.
Adamson suddenly flipped up their switch in the bottom of the third, becoming the offensive juggernaut that launched 14 runs in Game 1.
The Falcons immediately scored four runs in their possession, and in the blink of an eye, La Salle's huge advantage was gone.
Yenson became the spark to Adamson's scintillating offense, who opened the salvo with a 2-RBI-double that put his team on board before going to homeplate himself.
"Kahit umiskor ng 5 ang La Salle, hindi sila bumigay. Nandoon yung fighting spirit nila. Noong umiskor kami ng apat, sabi ko, amin na ito," Adamson coach Orlando Binarao said after the game.
After the shocking reply, the Green Batters seemed to respond lethargically, letting Adamson go on 13 unanswered runs for them to clinch the title.
Even though he was given an individual award, Yenson showed he was all for the team, nailing a sacrifice fly that tied the game for Adamson at 5-all, and the team followed suit with four more runs to end the inning.
The national team member admits that he could not have done such a feat in previous years, and added that he really focused on his confidence with the help of his team.
"Mas nagkaroon ako ng confidence, nagkaroon ako ng tiwala ang mga teammates ko, at binibigay nila ito sa akin. Mas lumakas ang loob ko dahil sa kanila."
In the seventh inning, Season 79 MVP Ignacio Escaño was at bat, drilling a line-drive hit that seemed to viciously hit Yenson in the face, falling violently on his back.
Alas, instead it was a magnificent catch, and brought his glove and did the thumbs up sign.
The 21-year old Nueva Ecija native admitted that he was not this good in high school, going only to the Palarong Pambansa once, representing his hometown Talavera in the annual tournament.
"Wala po akong achievements noong high school. Naglaro po ako sa Palarong Pambansa noong 4th year. Dito lang po ako natututo [sa Adamson]. Puro double-time sa training."
Even though they may not be as successful as their female counterparts, who had won the last seven championships, the Falcons' eight-year rebuild had now gone to them finishing at the summit.
All thanks from a kid from Talavera.
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