Stay true in the dark and humble in the spotlight.
Super senior Krisna Paguican has the knack for the biggest of moments for the five time UAAP Softball champions, the Adamson University Lady Falcons.
Last season, in Game One of the Finals, the former Adamson outfielder provided the game-breaking play that ultimately led to the team’s fifth straight championship. Paguican provided the first run for the team in the game and, later on, tripled in the fourth inning for two RBIs.
“Chamba lang po talaga yun,” the humble Paguican shared to Tiebreaker Times.
To close-out the first round this year, the Lady Falcons were again tested in facing the National University Lady Bulldogs in a battle of the undefeated. The super senior, who was recognized by Adamson University as an exemplary student, delivered during the second inning with a clutch two-out double to bring home two runners that led to Adamson’s 67th straight win.
However, the team’s historic streak came to a crashing end against the UST Tiger Softbelles in the last game of the elimination round. “Masakit, masakit talaga. Mas daig pa sa broken hearted yung nangyar,” Paguican admitted as The Streak ended at 73 games. “Parang hindi makakain, tulala. Iniisip lang yung pagkatalo. Sabi ni coach, move-on, move-on lang talaga pero mahirap.”
But Paguican and the Lady Falcons had to move-on quickly since they were facing the UP Lady Maroons in the semifinals two days later.
“Pero kelangan mabilis lang yung pag move-on. Kelangan namin maka-recover kagad nun para sa semifinals,” she said. The Lady Falcons rallied late in the game to move-on to their fourth straight UAAP Finals.
In the first game of the Season 78 Finals, Paguican again delivered in the brightest of moments. Paguican was 2 for 2 at-bat in the game, punching in two runs and an RBI in Adamson’s 9-2 fifth inning mercy rule win against the Tiger Softbelles.
“Always continue to believe in yourself that you can and that you will. Maybe, in one big situation, makakapag-contribute kayo ng kelangan na kelangan kayo,” Adamson head coach Ana Santiago said about Paguican and the team’s bottom order. “So I think nag-step up sila dahil dun. Pineprepare talaga nila ito.”
For the third basewoman, it’s just another day in the office. “Basta ako, ginawa ko lang yung best ko sa last playing year ko,” she said. “Kelangan ko na kasi ibuhos lahat para sa team ko. Mas lalo na na last playing year ko na ito.”
Looking forward, she is hoping to finish out her collegiate career with her fifth championship on Monday, March 14. Moreover, the humble clutch player closed in saying, “kelangan namin mapanalo ito para masuklian ang binigay sa amin ng Adamson.”