The Reds bounced back from a tough loss to the Orioles last Saturday with a 5-3 victory over the Rockies in Monday's Saipan Major League-Division of Youth Services 18U Youth Baseball League at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Rockies are in need of a win after having dropped its last two games and will get two opportunities tonight as the Dodgers step on the Tan Ko field to finish up the pair's recent rain-out game from Saturday night before playing their scheduled matchup, originally set to start at 6pm.
Reds 5, Rockies 3
Reds leadoff man Lancaster Secharmidal broke the ice with just a single and a couple of stolen bases before being driven to the dish by Kainao Wanket, as the team wasted no time hitting the board in the first inning.
The Rockies came close to tying it up in the bottom portion, and bit down to square it away, 1-1, in the bottom of the second inning.
Brett Halstead reached on a fielder's choice and was later doubled home by Kenta Castro.
Then Rockies stuffed the Reds with a man in scoring position to close the top of the third inning and the top of its lineup moved the group in front, 2-1.
Russell Hocog led off with a base hit and Ricardo Dela Cruz brought him home with a single after a bungled fielder's choice.
Reds' Peter Lieto caught them sleeping in the top of the fourth inning and snuck around the path to briefly lock it at 2-2, but the Rockies' Castro and Davie Matagolai hooked up with a pair of timely base smashes in the bottom half to regain the edge, 3-2.
Reds' Secharmidal was the second pitcher that took the ball in the fourth to get out of the pickle and more than succeeded.
The tricky dealer put a lid on the Rockies through the last 10 outs of the match and kept the thought of a win in sight.
His teammates responded right away and reclaimed the lead, 4-3.
Davin Ada led off with a single and stole second base before scoring off a sacrifice fly by Ian Rogolifoi. Ada was then moved to third by Secharmidal.
Lieto then came next and knocked in Wanket.
Both teams held it down on the field through the sixth inning and the Reds' Rogolifoi added an insurance run in the top of the seventh with a double that wheeled around Wanket, who this time drew a leadoff walk.
Rogolifoi almost scored, but ended up caught in a messy run down at the plate, but the Reds hung tough on defense in the final stand, especially Guerrero who snagged a full-layout diving catch in the left-centerfield gap.
Reds' Lieto batted 3-for-4 with an RBI, a run, and a stolen base. Wanket went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs to go with two RBIs by Rogolifoi.
Rockies' Castro swung 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Hocog (run) and Dela Cruz (RBI) both batted 2-for-4.