The Senior League's DARE Program Enforcers and the Big League's Natibu Sports Association Braves and Docomo Pacific Ol'Aces all reigned supreme as the Saipan Little League's 2013 season continued last week at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Braves routed the Enforcers, 15-1, last Tuesday; the Ol'Aces dominated Rachel Q. Reyes' Rays, 16-3, in five on Thursday; and the Senior League's Enforcers defeated Rep. Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero's Kagman Lions, 12-4, on Saturday.
Major League action continues tomorrow at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Ballfield at 4pm with Attorney Vince Torres' Comets II taking on the Jets with a Big League double feature set to go on at Tan Ko Field starting at 5pm with the Paradise Island Animal Hospital Padres squaring off against the IT&E Fielders followed by the Braves versus the Rays at 6:30pm.
Enforcers 12, Lions 4
The Enforcers pushed ahead, 4-0, in the first innings off a leadoff walk followed by two hits and a costly error. Three runs scored off an error, a passed ball, and a wild pitch.
Winning pitcher Payton Lizama was steady on the hump for the first four innings as his teammates added a run in the third off an error and two more in the fourth inning off a pair of back-to-back hits by Franklin Lizama and P.J. Sablan. The latter pair came home off a wild pitch and a passed ball, respectively.
The Enforcers then threatened an early ending in the fifth inning and went ahead, 9-0, off an early error followed by a pair of smashes by Jose Lizama and Oscar Stefano.
The Lions finally came out of hibernation in the bottom frame and managed to move around three runs off two hits and two walks that led to a pitching change.
Justin Santos bagged an RBI in the exchange and Catalina Cruz added the final run though the Enforcers erased it with three runs in the last inning of regulation, securing a sound victory.
Payton Lizama received the win, giving up one earned run off two hits and five walks with a strikeout.
Darion Jones secured the save with little fuss and batted 3-for-4 at the plate for two runs. Lions' Dela Cruz swung 2-for-3 for a run and two stolen bases.
Braves 15, Enforcers 1
Braves' winning pitcher Adolfo Roppel dealt four scoreless innings before giving up his lone earned run in the fifth inning.
Despite the slight blemish it was a strong showing by the young hurler that may have inspired his teammates to drop the hammer on their opponents at the plate.
After going three up and three down to start the match, the Braves strung up six runs in the second inning off five hits, which included back to back doubles by Robert Tudela and Joe Krungle, scoring Greg Iskawa, Jeremy Atalig, and the former.
The latter scored off an error after which the top of the order came through the second time around with an RBI double by Peter Lieto and an RBI base smash by Lamarc Iguel.
With Roppel in cruise control the Braves went on to add a run in the third inning off an error and marched to a 13-0 margin in the top of the fourth with another handful of hits that logged an RBI double for Iguel and an RBI single for Krungle. Atalig was also awarded with an RBI and Tudela stole home in the mix.
The Braves never looked back as Lieto added the final touches with an RBI triple and scored off a wild pitch before receiving the nod.
He batted 3-for-4 for two RBIs, three runs, and a stolen base. Tudela also went 3-for-4 for an RBI, three runs, and three stolen bases.
Roppel gave up four hits, two walks, and two hit by pitches with eight strikeouts through five innings.
Ol'Aces 16, Rays 3
Rays' Jerome Reyes brought around a pair of leadoff walks in the first inning with a double, but the runs ran dry for the group aside from its final whimper in the fifth inning.
It was actually somewhat of a close game for the first three frames as the Ol'Aces led it, 5-2, with a three-run answer in the bottom portion of the opening exchange and two more to close the second inning.
Jared Sablan lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Lancaster Secharmidal and Jake Flores followed with an RBI single that plated Jun Rabauliman. Then two batters later, Jake Santos singled in Flores. The Ol'Aces' damage in the second inning came due to errors.
After a quiet third inning, the Ol'Aces started the fourth at the top of the order and discharged a seven-hit explosion for 10 runs.
Second batter Jun Rabauliman belted an RBI triple, Jonah Fores bagged a sacrifice fly, Dave Hosono jacked a two-RBI double, and the team went on to load the bases before topping off the onslaught with a three-RBI double by Rabauliman, a triple by Sablan, and a two-RBI double by Jake Flores.
Ol'Aces reliever Jonah Flores received the win and the save. He stepped to the hump in with one out in the third inning and gave up an unearned run off one hit and two walks with a strikeout and four put-outs through 2 1/3 innings.
Rabauliman batted 3-for-4 for four RBIs and three runs. Sablan swung 3-for-4 for an RBI, three runs, and a stolen base, while Jake Flores went 2-for-3 for three RBIs, two runs, a base on balls, and a hit-by-pitch. Secharmidal willed three base on balls and went 1-for-1 for an RBI and four runs.