Young members of the Ganduyan Bucks of Sagada, Mountain Province were first runner-up in the 50/70 intermediate baseball in the recently concluded Little League Philippine National Series in Ilagan Sports Complex, Isabela on April 9 to 16.
Coach Allen Angway said the team played against the tougher team of Tanauan, Batangas during the finals game ending in 18-0.
In the semifinals, Mountain Province was successful in beating Ilocos Norte, 6-3, while Tanauan overpowered North Cebu, 19-0.
During the course of the game in a single round robin format, the Tanauan team breezed through with more than a 15-point to 20-point lead against its competitors.
Only Mountain Province was able to score three points out of the teams that played against Tanauan during their first game together, in favor of the champion having 22 points.
“The lesson learned can never be forgotten, thanks to all supporters,” Angway said.
The Tanauan City team dominated almost all of the divisions in the little league, junior league, and the senior league, while Negros Occidental bagged the little league softball and the senior league softball, and Bago City topped the junior league softball.
Baguio City, meanwhile, is second runner-up in the junior league baseball during the national finals.
Earlier, the Ganduyan Bucks 50/70 intermediate won first runner-up in the North Luzon Philippine regional series while their teammate, the little league softball placed second runner-up in the regional games also held in Ilagan City, Isabela.
Last year, the Ganduyan Bucks 50/70 Intermediate baseball team came home with the first runner-up plum after bowing twice to International Little League Association of Manila in the best of three games, 7-0, in the first game and 16-1 in the second game.
The juniors’ team, meanwhile, settled for second runner-up during the 2022 Philippine Series conducted in Dasmariñas, Cavite. – Ofelia C. Empian