By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
Contributing Editor .
A TEAM from a little-known public elementary school in Misamis Oriental will represent the Philippines in the 2019 Little League Baseball for Asia-Pacific and Middle East regional tournament, June 22-28, this year, in Hwaseong, South Korea.
Delegation coordinator Raymund Antolo, human resource development division chief of Department of Education in Region 10, said a 20-member delegation, including 13 baseball team members of San Isidro Elementary School in Magsaysay town, is set to leave the country Thursday.
“This is the second time a baseball team from Northern Mindanao received the honor of representing the country in the Little League Baseball in South Korea,” said Antolo, who was also with the 2017 delegation that brought home a bronze-medal, bannered by Misamis Occidental’s Jimenez Central School baseball team.
San Isidro Elementary School baseball intermediate division squad earned the ticket to the Little League Baseball regional competition after winning the championship for Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association over Western Visayas Amateur Athletic Association during the 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City last April.
This year’s team, include a 2017 hold-over, the versatile pitcher who can double as catcher, 13-year old Criz Andrei Anoya; diminutive right-fielder Jancarl King Revero who, at 4-feet-4-inch frame is the squad’s only left-handed batter and thrower; the youngest at 11 years and five months left-fielder and pitcher Jude Edde Cabalog; and team’s oldest right-fielder Jancarl King Revero who is 13 years and five months.
Other team-members are pitcher/center fielder Joshua Abugatal; left-fielder/pitcher CJ John Camacho; left-fielder Prince Lawrence Fabre; 3-baseman Joshua Lagaolao; 1-baseman/pitcher/catcher Rey Vincent Lapad; short-stop/2-baseman Jether Lenterna; 2-baseman/pitcher Kayl Rosiolado; right-fielder Julian Pimentel; and pitcher/catcher Demver Valmoria.
Team’s coaching and training staff are head coach Leonardo Pon, 1st field coach Dyn Mark Duat, 2nd field coach Glecy Zalmar, umpire Marcel Tagalogon, and team leader Johnny Redondo.
Antolo said his delegation, which is headed by Deped regional director Arturo Bayocot, has no information as who the Philippine team will play against, after the opening ceremonies on Friday, June 22.
Six countries have been participating since 2013 in the qualifying round-robin format, namely the host and defending champion South Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and the Philippines.
Only the regional champion will see action, with 10 other regional champions and the host team in Livermore, California for the 2019 Little League Intermediate Baseball World Series in August.