The Dodgers and the Orioles won their respective matches in the 18U Triple A Championship Youth Summer Baseball League last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Dodgers out-heaved the Rockies in the first game, 17-11, while the Orioles got away with a tight 6-5 decision over the Reds in the second match that was completed in only five innings due to rain.
The Orioles boast bragging rights as the lone undefeated squad after Week 2 matches. The Dodgers and Rockies hold similar 1-1 cards, while the Reds have a 0-2 slate.
The season will continue this Saturday with another double-header. The Triple A youth league is organized by the SMLBA through the help of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs' Division of Youth Services.
Dodgers 17, Rockies 11
The home team Rockies assumed an early 4-2 lead after the first inning with four hits in the bottom frame, including an RBI smash by designated-hitter Ricardo Dela Cruz. Dodgers' Ton Guerrero bagged an RBI single in the top portion.
The Dodgers went ahead, 5-4, in the second inning off two hits, a wild pitch, and a double by Brian Camacho, but Rockies' Leroy Regis and Dela Cruz hooked up with another set of base rips to tie it back up.
Then the Rockies' defense got roughed up in the top of the third and the Dodgers pushed ahead, 8-5, after a walk and a two-RBI bash by Guerrero.
The Rockies got only one run off four consecutive walks in the bottom frame, allowing the Dodgers to pull away, 11-6, in the fifth with a second three-run spark. Nathan Camacho and Jobe Reyes reached with a hit and a walk and were doubled home by Guerrero, who scored soon after off a wild pitch.
The Dodgers then added another three runs in the top of the sixth inning from a pair of RBI singles by Nathan Camacho and Reyes in their second at bats.
The Rockies trailed, 10-14, after the bottom half, primarily off walks and errors, but the Dodgers pulled it together in the final stand. The Dodgers broke off a three-run chunk in the top of the seventh and secured the win.
The Rockies left 13 runners stranded, and despite being outhit, 11-6, they tallied 18 bases on balls.
Dodgers' Guerrero batted 3-for-5 with five RBIs, while Jhace Palacios scored three runs.
Orioles 6, Reds 5
The visiting Orioles' Poland Masaharu and TJ Sablan broke the ice for the first run in the second inning. However, the Reds countered with two runs in the bottom frame off of a pair of RBI singles by Keene Guerrero and Lancaster Secharmedal for a 2-1 lead.
After a quiet third frame, the Orioles managed to pepper five runs in the top of the fourth inning mainly with patience at the plate. They worked out three walks and a hit-by-pitch, which later led to an RBI single from Mike Muna.
The Reds then held off the Orioles at the start of the fifth and made it a one-run game before heavy rain caused the early decision. By rule, a game can be declared official as the result of bad weather upon completion of five innings.
Three walks, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and a RBI base knock by Peter Lieto fell one run short in the Reds' final stand.