The Orioles extended their winning streak to three after fending off the Rockies, 5-1, in the first game in the U18 Triple A Championship Youth Summer Baseball League last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
After struggling in the first three innings, the Orioles got the needed breaks in the top of the fourth and scored four runs to gain cushion en route to their third win in as many games. The Rockies absorbed their second loss after three matches.
Frankie Camacho drew a one-out walk and scored off an error in the opening frame to get the Orioles on the board.
The Rockies tried to battle back in the bottom frame, but left runners on the corners. They then managed to tie the game briefly in the third inning off an RBI single from Cedric Ada, who brought home leadoff man Justin Santos.
However, the Orioles quickly broke the deadlock with a four-run gash in the top of the fourth inning off two hits and some costly errors. Kenji Yamagata and Jun Rabauliman bagged a pair of RBI base rips, while Jonah Flores drew a walk and stole home. The other run came in off an infield error.
The Rockies buttoned up on defense after the hiccup and turned a nice double play to close the top portion of the sixth, but could not get things going with their bats in the last three innings. They boarded just one runner in the fourth, fifth and sixth exchanges, were picked off trying to steal second base, and only managed runners on the corners in the final stand.
Rabauliman went 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Orioles, while Yamagata batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Reds 4, Dodgers 2
In the second game, the Reds entered the win column after pulling out a four-run rally in the seventh inning.
The Reds, Dodgers, and Rockies now hold similar 1-2 records.
Hits came at a premium in the late match, as the Dodgers dominated six innings, but failed to finish what they started
After three scoreless innings, the Dodgers' Jonathan Cabrera finally broke the ice in the fourth inning. He drew a one-out a walk and snuck around the base path off a couple infield errors.
Cabrera's teammate, Jose Tydingco, was also issued a free pass, with one out, in the next frame and stole second base, third, and home plate to give the Dodgers a 2-0 favor.
With two innings left, it was still anybody's game, which later turned out to be a pitching duel between the rival squads.
The Dodgers were flirting with a no-hitter coming into the final inning of regulation, but the Reds rose to the occasion in the clutch and swiped the lead, 4-2.
The Dodgers walked the first two batters, but came back and retired the next two to stay in the lead in the fifth inning, 2-1.
Then Reds' leadoff man AJ Cabrera stepped in and busted up the no-no, scoring Khobby Kaipat before attaining the go-ahead run off a wild pitch later in the inning. Peter Lieto kept things going for the Reds with his base hit and was escorted to the dish by Keene Guerrero. The Dodgers went three up and three down against Reds' closer Lancaster Secharmedal in the fifth.
Reds pitchers Secharmedal, Guerrero, Peter Lieto, and Ian Rogolifoi combined for a one-hitter in the game. The Dodgers' Jonathan Cabrera cracked the lone hit in the sixth inning.
Meanwhile, games schedule in the summer league will shift into a weekday format once the Saipan Major League Baseball postseason is over.
The Triple A youth league is organized by the SMLBA with the help of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs' Division of Youth Services.