The Talaabwogh Stars Association Falcons posted its fourth straight victory in the form of a lopsided 18-0 no-doubter over IT&E last Thursday to remain in the lead in Saipan Little League's 16-team Major Division as the 2013 season continued at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Basa-Pangelinan Ballfield
The Falcons lead Natitbu Sports Association Braves (2-0), Comets I (2-0), Attorney Vince Torres' Comets II (3-1), IT&E's Ol'Aces (3-1), JPO Program Enforcers (2-1), Kagman Laolao Bay Golf Resort (2-1), Attorney Robert T. Torres Kagman Little Legals (2-2), Pinnacle Staffing Rockies (1-1), the Jets (1-1), McDonald's Saipan (1-1), Bank of Saipan Red Sox (1-2), Rep. Christopher Deleon Guerrero As Matuis Twins (1-2), Dial Rent-To-Own/Martha's Store Survivors (0-3), IT&E (0-4), and Joeten Motors Kagman Ford Rangers (0-4).
In other results from Sunday, McDonald's outlasted Survivors, 9-8; Enforcers toppled the Red Sox, 10-7; and the Braves defeated the Rockies, 12-9.
In addition, last Saturday the As Matuis Twins routed the Rangers, 14-0; Laolao Bay bested the Ol'Aces, 8-4; and Comets I defeated the Little Legals, 11-6.
Major League action continues today on Tan Ge Field at 4pm with the Twins facing off against Ol'Aces.
This weekend's matchups has the Rangers taking on IT&E at 9am on Saturday morning followed by Comets I versus Comets II at noon and ending with the Falcons taking on the Little Legals at 3pm.
Then Sunday's action begins with the Jets squaring off with the Rockies at 9am trailed at noon by the Survivors versus the Braves before winding down with Laolao Bay against the Enforcers at 3pm.
McDonald's 9, Survivors 8
Winning pitcher Spencer Dickinson tallied 10 strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings and salvaged two hits at the plate for an RBI to lead McDonald's past the Survivors.
McDonald's found pay dirt in each of the first four innings and held a 2-1 edge after the opening frame.
They tacked on another pair of runs in the second inning, but the Survivors knotted up the score at 4-4 in the bottom portion.
Then McDonald's pressed on and worked around three runs in the top of the third inning and contained its rivals to a 7-6 score in the third inning and added some insurance in the ensuing exchange.
The Survivors postured a comeback in the final stand, but came up a run short of forcing extra innings.
Survivors' Leonardo Salalila touched base four times and blasted a home run for two RBIs and a hit-by-pitch. Theo Laniyo also touched base four times and logged a triple and two RBIs.
McDonald's belted eight hits and stole seven bases in the game. Jared Reyes (RBI) and Austin Sanchez (run) each touched base twice and logged doubles.
Enforcers 10, Red Sox 7
The Enforcers staked to a 3-2 lead in the first inning and added another run in the second frame.
Then both teams worked around a couple of runs in the third inning and the Enforcers trumped the Red Sox in the fourth inning to grasp a 9-6 advantage and held strong in the last two exchanges.
The Red Sox's 11 hits actually one-upped the Enforcers in the match, but the former also committed a handful of costly errors out on the field.
Though Martin Omelau was credited with the win, Enforcers' Shakobe Rangamar was all over the place, tallying eight strikeouts on the mound through just three innings and hammering a pair of home runs for three RBIs. He was also hit by a pitch.
The first liftoff came during the opening exchange and went for two runs to put the group in the driver's seat.
Enforcers' Rico Lizama touched base four times off three hits. Kenneth Kaipat logged two RBIs and a triple.
Red Sox's Luis Blas logged three hits, three stolen bases, and a hit by pitch. Greg Sablan picked up three RBIs with a double and a sacrifice fly.
Braves 12, Rockies 9
The Braves took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
They tacked on seven more in the second frame and led it 12-2 after three innings.
The Rockies awoke in the latter half of the match, coupling a pair of three-run surges down the home stretch with a run from the fourth inning, but the Braves held strong on defense to secure the win.
Braves' Austin Benavente jacked a home run and a double in the game for three RBIs. Jeremy Ngirakel and Robin Sablan logged two RBIs. Tony Dizon touched base three times and came out with a double, a run, and a stolen base.
Rockies' Donavin Ada touched base five times with a double, a triple, two RBIs, and a stolen base. Dai Podziewski logged two RBIs.
Twins 14, Rangers 0
The Twins started slow and only mustered one run in the opening frame, but came on strong in the second inning with a seven-run charge that was followed with another six-run wave in the third inning that overwhelmed the Rangers.
The latter squad struggled against winning pitcher Joseph Gildelak who struck out 10 of the 14 batters in total that he faced through four short innings. He also logged two RBIs at the plate.
Twins' Bradley Pangelinan picked up two hits and two RBIs.
Laolao Bay 8, Ol'Aces 4
Laolao Bay answered three runs put up by the O'Aces in the first inning with six runs in the bottom frame and held its opponents to just one run for the remainder of the match.
Laolao added a run in the second inning and wiped away Ol'Aces' final run in the fifth inning en route to a sound win.
The Ol'Aces out-hit Laolao, 8-2, but suffered pitching woes from the get-go.
They gave up seven walks, a hit-by-pitch, and a dropped third strike in the first inning and could not climb out of the hole as winning pitcher Pete Maratita went all six innings tallied 12 strikeouts and dealt 24 strikes on the first pitch. He logged a whopping 60 strikes out of 74 pitches.
Ol'Aces' Jordan Kosam bashed two hits in the game.
Comets I 11, Little Legals 6
Little Legals' Barry Lizama Jr. broke the ice in the first inning, singling on and then being escorted home by Gloyd Martin, but the Comets I awoke in the third inning and took the lead, 3-1, off three hits.
The hits and runs were credited to Kobe Santos, Austin Indalecio, and Vincent Nakamura.
The Little Legals tied it briefly in the bottom portion, but were stood up with the bases loaded in what was perhaps the turning point of the game.
Comets I pressed ahead, 7-3, in the next inning primarily off errors and sketchy pitching and pulled away, 10-3, in the fifth inning off two hits.
The crew added its final run in the top of the sixth inning and held the Legals to three runs to preserve the win.
Comets I's Santos batted 2-for-3 for three runs and a stolen base. Tyron Ongelungel drew two base on balls for two runs and two stolen bases.
Little Legals' Lizama Jr. batted 3-for-4 for an RBI, three runs, and a stolen base. Jose Camacho swung 2-for-4 for an RBI, two runs, and a stolen base.
Falcons 18, IT&E 0
The Falcons' first three batters Koby Lifoifoi, Max Pangelinan, and Ace Evangelista all reached and scored out of the gate and the group cruised ahead, 6-0, in the second inning.
While the Falcons' offense was clicking like clockwork, on the other side IT&E only managed one hit in the game and only briefly touched third base twice against winning pitcher.
Pangelinan batted 4-for-4 for two RBIs, four runs, and a stolen base. Lifoifoi went 1-for-1 with three base on balls for four runs. Evangelista scored three times and logged two RBIs. Arby Yaguel went 1-for-1 with an RBI, two runs, and two base on balls.