The Carmen Stallions ran away with the Ormoc City Open Baseball Tournament title after dominating the 12-team field last June 24 to 28. The tournament, which had three teams from Cebu–Mayor Rama Cebu City, Todas and Carmen–attracted a total of 12 teams from Ormoc, Leyte, Samar and Cebu.
As a testament to their strength, the Carmen Stallions won their first two games via regulation, 10-0 against the Ormoc City legends, and 12-2 against Dulag, Leyte. (In baseball, a regulation win is when a match is cut short when one team gets ahead by 10 runs.) The two runs they allowed against Dulag were the only ones they conceded in the whole tournament.
In the third game, Carmen blanked Merida, 8-0, to advance to the finals, where they enjoyed a twice-to-beat edge. However, Carmen showed it didn’t need the advantage as it blanked Nalucaban Samar, 6-0.
Aside from the title, eight Carmen players also brought home Individual Awards, led by Vince Ernest Mangapis who channeled his inner Shohei Ohtani by winning the Best Pitcher award and by being one of the three Best Hitters along with John Arson Lipalam and Marvin Moneva.
Mark Jade Into and Austin Keith Morales got the Best Outfielders awards, Toshiaki Kitagawa won the Best 3rd Baseman award, while Noel Mercader was named the Best Catcher and Mark Arsenio Davidon got the Best Coach award.
Aside from the individual winners, the other members of the team are Karl Nino Erenst Mangapis, Angelito Basaka, Kyle Ace Donaire, Mico Patigdas, Wendell Lumbab, Clint Cababan, Clude Chelsea Lao and Jodel Villamor. Noel Cabatingan is the assistant coach.