Natibu Sports Association Braves pitcher Peter Lieto dealt a one-hitter to defending champion Paradise Island Animal Hospital Padres as the former scored a 6-1 victory in the Saipan Little League Big Division matchup last Tuesday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Field.
Other results had the Senior League's IT&E Fielders downing Rep. Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero Kagman Lions, 15-2, and Docomo Pacific's Ol'Aces defeating the Hunters, 12-7, on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in Junior League play on Saturday the Junior Police Officers Program Enforcers overwhelmed the Talaabwogh Stars Association Falcons, 13-2; the Bank of Saipan Red Sox trampled Rep. Antonio Agulto's Kagman Lions, 21-5; and Rep. Antonio Sablan Comets defeated the IT&E Fielders, 11-6.
The season continues tonight at Tan Ko Field with a Big League double feature starting with the Braves versus the IT&E Fielders at 5pm followed by the Ol'Aces taking on Rachel Q. Reyes Rays at 6:30pm.
Braves 6, Padres 1
After two scoreless innings the Braves broke the ice with three runs stemming off a two-RBI double by Greg Iskawa that scored Lemarc Iguel and Peter Lieto. The latter scored soon after off a wild pitch.
The Padres then scored its lone run off an error in the top of the fourth inning, after which the Braves countered with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth off an error and an RBI base smash by Jeremy Atalig.
The Braves left runners on the corners in the sixth inning before adding its final run in the seventh inning from an RBI single by Robert Tudela.
Winning pitcher Lieto went the distance and pitched a one-hit gem, giving up an unearned run off two walks with 12 strikeouts.
Iskawa batted 4-for-4 for two RBIs and three runs, while Atalig went 3-for-4 for an RBI and Tudela swung 2-for-4 for an RBI.
Ol'Aces 12, Hunters 7
After the Hunters broke the ice with three runs in the opening frame, the Ol'Aces pounced on the former with nine runs built off six hits that included a three-RBI triple by Verlance Secharmidal, a two-RBI triple by Denny Jebehn, and a pair of RBI singles by Jesse Brel and Keola Camacho.
The Hunters answered with two runs in the top of the second and managed to pull within a couple of runs in the fourth, 7-9, but the Ol'Aces' top of the order awoke in the bottom of the fifth inning and added its last three runs off a leadoff triple and some costly errors.
The Ol'Aces then held strong on the field and held the Hunters scoreless in the last three exchanges.
Ol'Aces' Camacho batted 3-for-4 for two RBIs and two runs.
Fielders 15, Lions 2
The Fielders jumped in front, 8-0, in the first inning off 10 hits, which included RBI singles for Khobby Kaipat, Ian Rogolifoi, and Joe Guerrero, a two-RBI base hit by Cody Kaipat and a two-RBI triple by Jerry Kintol.
The Lions mustered its lone two runs in the bottom frame, but IT&E got them right back in the top of the second inning for a daunting 12-2 favor.
Fielders' Kainoa Wanket bagged an RBI single in the second though Kagman's damage was self-inflicted by four walks and some untimely errors.
The Fielders then added its last three runs in the fourth inning off some more extra throws around the infield. Khobby Kaipat lifted a sacrifice fly in the mix as well.
He batted 1-for-2 for three RBIs and a run. Wanket went 3-for-4 for an RBI and two runs, while Kintol swung 2-for-4 for two RBIs and two runs.
Winning pitcher Wanket went all five innings and gave up two unearned runs off two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
It was a 1-1 game after two innings until the visiting Enforcers tacked on three runs in the third frame off three hits. Juan Quitugua belted an RBI triple, Henry Lizama picked up an RBI off a fielder's choice, and Cedric Camacho bagged an RBI single.
The group then went ahead, 6-1, in the fifth inning after a second triple by Quitugua that was followed by some errors and the team delivered the knockout blow in the ensuing frame in the form of a seven-run burst off six hits that issued RBI singles to Lizama, Camacho, and Kier Agda in addition to a two-RBI triple for Ethan Babauta. The Falcons' last run came in the fifth inning off a base knock by Greg Sablan.
Winning pitcher Camacho gave up two unearned runs off two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts through 4 2/3 innings.
Quitugua batted 2-for-3 for an RBI and four runs.
Comets 11, Fielders 6
After falling behind early the Comets claimed a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third inning off four hits, including an RBI single for Aurel Mendiola and a two-RBI triple by Franco Nakamura who was driven home soon after by Matt Kapileo.
The Comets then went ahead, 7-3, in the fourth inning off another three hits that logged an RBI double for Mendiola.
The Fielders managed two runs in the fifth inning, but the Comets fired back with four runs in the sixth and held IT&E to just one run in the final stand, which was an inside-the-park homer by George Pangelinan.
The Comets' runs in the fourth frame came home off a two-run home run by Nakamura, a wild pitch, and an error.
Winning pitcher Joe Monkeya gave up three earned runs off five hits, three walks, and a hit batsman with four strikeouts through five innings.
Comets' Nakamura batted 3-for-4 for four RBIs and a run. IT&E's Pangelinan went 1-for-1 for an RBI, two runs, and a pair of base on balls.
Red Sox 21, Lions 5
The Red Sox set the tone with five hits in the first inning for a 4-0 lead and though the Lions obliged with four runs in the bottom frame, the latter would soon have its hands full following an early pitching change by the Sox.
The Red Sox started the second inning at the top of its batting order and cranked out another three runs off a single, a triple, and a double by Craig Aguon, Ryan Aguon, and Nathan Camacho.
Red Sox's Jose Tyquingco stepped to the mound to close the final out of the first inning and cruised through the next three innings, giving up just one unearned run in the bottom of the fourth frame.
In the meantime his teammates added two more runs in the third inning and pulled away in the top of the fourth after a 10-run explosion to walk off with the win; they bashed seven hits in the fourth inning and took advantage of numerous errors with aggressive base running.
Tyquingco dealt 3 1/3 hitless innings with three walks and five strikeouts, while Craig Aguon went on to secure the save in 1-2-3 fashion.
Craig Aguon batted 4-for-4 for an RBI, five runs, and a base on balls. Camacho batted 4-for-4 for four RBIs and two runs. Ryan Aguon went 3-for-4 for four RBIs, three runs, and a stolen base.