The Orioles are still flying high in the Department of Youth Services' U18 Triple A Youth Baseball League season, which continued late last week at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield after enduring over a weeklong suspension due to heavy rain.
The O's held on to defeat the Reds, 5-1, on Saturday, and humbled its rival who had just rallied past the Rockies, 5-3, last Thursday.
Notably, the Rockies had just taken a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers in the top of the third inning of Saturday's late match when heavy rain called for suspension of play. There were two outs and a runner on first base when the umpires called everyone off the field.
The match will resume tomorrow on Tan Ko Field, after which the same competing squads will face off again in their originally scheduled pairing.
An updated game schedule is expected to be released this week and details are forthcoming.
Reds 5, Rockies 3
The Rockies' Ricardo Dela Cruz and Cedric Ada scored off a plethora of errors in the second inning and Leroy Regis made it 3-0 in their favor in the bottom of the fourth thanks to some more extra throws around the diamond, but the Reds jumped on top of Rockies reliever Jose Lizama in the sixth inning and pulled within a run.
Ian Rogolifoi and Lancaster Secharmidal started the hunt with a pair of singles and made it home off a pitch in the dirt and an RBI base smash by Khobby Kaipat.
Reds reliever Secharmidal settled in after entering at the start of the fifth inning and held the door open for a comeback.
Rockies' Ray Tenorio was tapped to close the top of the seventh inning, but was lit up by the Reds' top of the lineup.
Peter Lieto bashed a one-out single and scored off a passed ball, while Davin Ada hammered a double and was escorted home from a triple by Rogolifoi who made the last 90 feet off a costly outfield error.
Secharmidal returned to the rubber to secure the save and went right through the Rockies' top of the order 1-2-3.
He gave up zero earned runs in the clutch off one hit with six strikeouts and batted 2-for-4 at the plate.
Other notables include Reds' Rogolifoi who batted 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs and Lieto who swung 2-for-2 with a run and a base on balls
Orioles 5, Reds 1
The Orioles took advantage of some early blunders by the Reds in the first inning and assumed an early 3-0 lead.
Frankie Camacho led off the bottom of the frame with a walk, Jun Rabauliman cracked a one-out single, and Poland Masaharu came next and hustled out an error. All three scored off extra throws.
The Reds managed to hold off the O's 1-2-3 to close the second inning, but its infield jitters returned in the third, enabling the flock to move around another couple of runs.
Orioles' Rabauliman busted a one-out double and Masaharu followed with a base knock and both made it home off errors.
By this point in the match, two Orioles batters kept their turn at the plate alive thanks to a couple of dropped third strikes.
The Reds managed to work around a run in the top of the fourth inning and vastly stiffened up its defense in the second half of the game, but struggled at the plate against the Orioles trio of Jake Santos, Mike Muna, and Camacho.
Reds' Lieto showed his brass by leading off the fourth with a single and scoring off a passed ball before Orioles' Muna dialed up a pair of strikeouts to close the inning. The Reds stranded two runners in scoring position in what turned out to be its best chance to mount a comeback.
The Reds left the O's with runners on the corners in the bottom frame and stuffed them 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth exchanges, but the Orioles responded in similar fashion to secure the victory.
Orioles' Rabauliman batted 2-for-3 with two runs.