Jakob Portunak, the son of actress Ina Raymundo, is now officially a college baseball player in the United States.
On Instagram Monday, November 15, Ina proudly shared that Jakob, her second child with her husband Brian Poturnak, has been accepted as a D1 college baseball player for Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"After many years of hard work and dedication to baseball, my son is now officially a Xavier Musketeer," Ina wrote in her post. "To be playing D1 college baseball is one of the best achievements in your life, Jakob. We are so proud of you."
D1 stands for Division 1, which is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the US. It is considered to be highly competitive as it offers the most scholarships.
In her post, Ina also credited her Canadian husband for their son's latest achievement.
"Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the 101% support you get from your dad. I’ve witnessed the best teamwork between the two of you, that also includes Coach Alex, thank you," she said.
"Thank you Lord, for orchestrating all these blessings," she added, before using the hashtags #AthleticScholarships, #LetsgoX, and #Jakpot.
It was in September last year when Jakob announced his commitment to further his academic and baseball career at Xavier University. At the time, he thanked his parents, coaches, and all those who "helped me achieve my goal of playing D1 ball."
Among the well-known professional baseball players who played for Xavier University in the past include the likes of Jim Bunning, Frank Robinson, and Vinny Nittoli.
Meanwhile, in her response to a netizen, Ina shared that her son is a shortstop, though he also plays third base.
According to Major League Baseball, the shortstop "positions himself between the third baseman and the second-base bag. [He] is considered the captain of the infield and takes charge on balls hit in the air as well as communication among infielders. If both the shortstop and third baseman are attempting to field the same batted ball, the shortstop will often call off the third baseman."
Jakob, 17, has been playing baseball since he was only six years old. He studied high school at the International School Manila.
He is the only son of Ina and her husband. Aside from Jakob, the couple has four other children—Erika, who is currently studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the US, Anika, Mikaela, and Minka.