AFTER being crowned champion in the first PONY International Asia Pacific Zone Bronco-11 Championship in Singapore on May 26, the Philippine Barakos are setting their eyes in one direction — winning the PONY Bronco-11 World Series slated July 25-31 in Chesterfield, Virginia.
At a PSA forum, Philippine Tot Baseball president Rodolfo “Boy” Tingzon Jr. shared this thought along with four young promising Barako standouts who helped clinched the right to represent Asia-Pacific in the world series in the United States.
Recently, the Barakos held off a rally and eventually eked out Indonesia, 5-4, in the thrilling Singapore finals to become the first Asian Bronco-11 champions.
The four talented players are pitcher Chris Clark, the Bronco 11 MVP; and Kobe Tingzon both from Southbridge School; Gabriel Alcaraz from De La Salle University Lipa; and John Fritz Natanauan.
Tingzon said one of their strategies in their bid to win the world series is aggressive running and learning to throw the curveball as the Americans are good in fastballs.
“They (Americans) are much better in fastball,” he said.
Tingzon said they are also counting on the guidance of two amazing coaches — Ruben Angeles and Romar Landicho, who, he said, can steer the Barakos in giving a good fight against much taller rivals.
“Among the opponents, the Californian team in the Westzone is the toughest for me,” said Tingzon.
But Tingzon said he believes in the talent of the Barakos who have already shown in the Singapore finals what their hearts are made of.
Learning the curveball will be quite a challenge for Fil-Am pitcher Clark and Yoji Ueda.
“It’s gonna be a challenge for us in the US and we’ll try to win,” Clark said. PNA