A lucky nip in the mitt secured Adamson University’s sweeping victory in the UAAP Season 73 softball tournament.
The Lady Falcons were already prime candidates coming into the tournament, having swept its first nine games while dropping only two runs in lopsided victories. Yet there was a fragile air when the girls took to the UP Field last January 22 against the University of the East Lady Warriors. The Lady Falcons and Lady Warriors were neck-in-neck in the standings, with Adamson at the top with a 9-0 scorecard and UE sporting second-best 8-1. The Lady Warriors kept the Lady Falcons on their feet, securing bases with their hits, but the nifty catch by pitcher Julie Marie Muyco allowed Adamson to oust the UE players taking bases during the final inning. With their tenth straight win, Adamson secured the championship without having to go to the playoffs.
As if winning the series was not yet enough, the Lady Falcons also swept the individual awards. Luzviminda Embudo was the team’s most decorated player, garnering trophies for most homeruns, most runs batted in, best hitter, best slugger, and the coveted MVP award. Muyco won the best pitcher tag after her heroics throughout the season, while Elna Parohinog and Marissa dela Cruz were honored for the most stolen bases. The only award to slip from Adamson was the Rookie of the Year award, which was given to La Salle’s Sarah Theresa Stewart.
This year’s win is sweet revenge after winning in 2009 but missing out on the trophy last year. This is also another feather in the cap for Coach Ana Santiago, who has molded the girls into players worthy of making it to the national team. Yael Esperat