The Orioles and the Rockies came away victors in the opening day of the 18U Triple A Championship Youth Summer Baseball League last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Orioles glided past the Dodgers, 7-1, in the curtain raiser, while the Rockies overcame the Reds, 6-2.
There may be a fifth team to be included in the field, however the official game schedule is still being formulated. The season is expected to continue again at the “Tan Ko” field this Saturday.
Saipan Major League Baseball Association is organizing the league with the help of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs' Division of Youth Services.
Orioles 7, Dodgers 1
The Orioles moved around three early runs in the opening frame from a two-RBI single by AJ Lizama and an error that scored Jun Rabauliman. They went ahead, 4-0, in the second frame off another three hits.
The Dodgers managed their lone run in the top of the third from a two-out single by Palmerson Monkeya, but the Orioles took it back in the fifth after some sketchy pitching and added two more in the sixth frame before securing the last three outs.
Orioles' Carlos Rabauliman led off the sixth and reached after a dropped third strike and teammates Rayvan Uchau, Mike Muna, and Frankie Camacho all followed with base knocks.
The Dodgers were held to just five hits in the game. The Orioles belted 10 hits and drew seven bases on balls.
Rockies 6, Reds 2
It was a tight 2-1 game in favor of the home team Rockies after the very first inning, as Khobby Kaipat's early jitters on the mound overshadowed the RBI single of Ian Rogolifoi.
Kaipat settled down in the second inning, but was tapped by Lancaster Secharmedal after an RBI double by Rockies' second batter Ricardo Dela Cruz in the third.
Secharmedal was gashed for two runs before closing the frame and the count shifted to 6-1 after the fourth inning off an infield error.
The Reds' final run came in the top of the fifth inning, as Secharmedal tried to help his team's cause and although the lefty battled back through later innings, the Rockies remained steady at the helm for the win. The Rockies' Leroy Regis batted only 1-for-2, but scored three runs.