The Big League Braves bagged two wins out of the gate as the 2013 season of the Saipan Little League entered its third week at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Braves won its debut against the IT&E Fielders, 6-5, in eight innings last Feb. 8 then followed that up with a 4-1 victory against the Ol'Aces last Thursday.
In other results, defending Big League champion Padres, formerly the Hustlers, along with the 2012 junior champion Red Sox also triumphed last week, as did the Junior League's Enforcers and X-clusive clubs.
The Padres defeated the Ol'Aces on opening day last Feb. 7; the Red Sox bested the Falcons, 8-2 on Feb. 9; the Enforcers downed the Lions, 10-2; and X-clusive run-ruled the Fielders, 11-1, in five innings.
The season continues at the Tan Ko Field tomorrow at 6pm with a Big League matchup featuring the Fielders against the Rays.
Braves 4, Ol'Aces 1
The Braves broke the ice in the first inning as Peter Lieto drew a one-out walk and stole second base before being brought home off a double by Greg Iskawa.
They then added three more runs in the third inning off four hits, a walk, and a pair of fielder's choices. Lieto and Iskawa were each credited with RBI singles.
The Ol'Aces' lone run came in the top of the fourth off a double by John Santos, but the Braves defense did a good job avoiding a late rally in the last three frames.
Iskawa batted 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Ol'Aces' Jared Sablan swung 2-for-3.
Braves 6, Fielders 5
The home team Braves sat on a 2-0 lead from two hits in the first inning for five exchanges until the Fielders tied it up in the top of the sixth off a two-out single by Leroy Regis that was followed by a walk and an RBI triple by Joe Atalig.
Then the match went into bonus frames as both teams managed to bring in a run in the last inning of regulation.
Fielders' Arthur Jebehn delivered Steven Aguon home with a sacrifice fly, while Braves' Lemarc Iguel singled in Brandon Lieto.
Then the Fielders' Ricardo Dela Cruz cracked a two-run homer in the top of the eighth that brought around Poland Masaharu. However, the Braves stopped the bleeding and managed to bring in three runs for the win in the bottom side.
Peter Lieto led off with a triple and scored off a double by Robert Tudela who stole third base and scored off a dropped third strike that boarded Vince Torres.
Torres would make it all the way around as the Fielders struggled to find the strike zone.
Winning pitcher Peter Lieto gave up two runs, one earned, off four hits, and two walks with six strikeouts through six innings.
Padres 9, Ol'Aces 7
The Padres took a 5-0 lead in the first inning off two hits, two walks, a fielder's choice, and some untimely errors, but the Ol'Aces countered with two runs in the second inning from a two-RBI base knock by ninth batter Dave Hosono.
The Ol'Aces tried to make a comeback, 3-5, in the top of the fourth inning off a base rip by Jonathan Indelacio, but the Padres answered in the bottom frame and went ahead, 7-3.
Ray Tenorio led off with a walk and scored off a wild pitch, while A.J. Lizama singled on and was doubled in by Jordan Pangelinan.
Ol'Aces' Jake Flores was grounded home after leading off the fifth with a triple, and his crew briefly tied the match at 7-up with three more runs in the sixth inning off three hits, a walk, and a bean ball.
Jonah Flores singled on and scored off a wild pitch, while Jake Santos and Jake Flores each logged RBI singles.
The Padres did not panic, however, and reclaimed the lead in the bottom side off a trio of hits, including an RBI triple by Carl Camacho and an RBI base hit by Pangelinan.
The defending champs then did a good job holding strong for the last three outs.
Red Sox 8, Falcons 2
Red Sox's Craig Aguon belted a one-out triple and was grounded to the dish for first blood and the group went on to added two more runs in the third inning off a hit, a fielder's choice, and some errors, scoring Jobe Reyes and Aguon.
Then the Red Sox trudged forward, 6-0, on the top of the fourth inning off a string of six hits, including RBI singles by Delin Ruesora, Reyes, and Vicente Leon Guerrero that were sandwiched between a pair of doubles by Jose Tydingco and Ryan Aguon.
The Falcons were only able to answer with 1 run in the bottom frame and then sifted out its final run in the following exchange, however the Red Sox ended up getting them back.
Red Sox's Jonathon Sagun batted 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base
Winning pitcher Craig Aguon went the distance and gave up two runs, one earned off, a hit, eight walks, and a hit-by-pitch with 11 strikeouts.
Enforcers 10, Lions 2
The Enforcers racked up four runs in the first inning off three hits and an RBI fielder's choice by Cedric Camacho. Juan Quitugua reached on an error and stole home, while Kier Agda jacked a RBI double that was followed by an RBI base knock by Jeff Dela Cruz.
The Enforcers then added two more runs in the second inning off a leadoff double by Franklin Lizama and a triple by Camacho.
The group led it, 8-1, after the fourth inning and picked up two more runs later in the fifth as they coasted through the last two frames.
Winning pitcher Agda logged a complete game and gave up two earned runs off five hits and a hit-by-pitch with nine strikeouts.
Lizama batted 3-for-3 with a base on balls for four runs; Dela Cruz went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two base on balls, a run, and a stolen base. Lions' Ben Maratita batted 2-for03 with an RBI and a run.
X-clusive 11, Fielders 1
X-clusive held a solid 5-1 lead after three innings with a trio of runs in the first inning off two walks and two hits followed by a pair of runs to start the third frame thanks to some sketchy pitching as the Fielder's brought its third hurler to the hump early on.
The Fielders managed to produce a run in the bottom frame, but X-clusive jolted ahead, 10-1, in the fourth inning off just one hit followed by a handful of walks and some errors. Marvin Lopez bagged a two-RBI single.
X-clusive's Jay Kalen scored four times, one-upping his teammate Allen Cepeda