The Tan Holdings Brewers and IT&E Fielders picked up a couple of dominating victories over separate opponents as the 2013 season of the Saipan Major League continued last week at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Field.
The third place Brew Crew skunked St. Michael's Medical Response Angels (1-4), 14-0, on Wednesday to improve its win-loss card to 3-2, while IT&E (4-2) retained its second place ranking after shellacking the reeling D-9ers (0-5), 28-5, in seven innings last Friday.
The season continues tonight at 6:30pm at Tan Ko Field when undefeated reigning champion Saipan Stevedore Co. Northern Yankees (5-0) take on the D-9ers.
Brewers 14, Angels 0
The Brewers broke the ice in the first inning with two runs built off three hits and a fielder's choice, which included an RBI triple for Jun Rabauliman and an RBI base hit by Manny Sablan.
The team then trotted in front, 6-0, in the second inning off another four hits. Jared Sablan then doubled in Ton Guerrero before scoring off an error, while Manny Sablan collected another RBI single. Rabauliman singled on and made his own way to the dish as well.
Brewers pitcher Vince Cepeda was on point last Wednesday and cut through the Angels entire lineup in the first rotation.
He then managed to hold the Angels at first and second base in the fourth inning and his teammates went on to add three more runs to close the fifth off a trio of hits that awarded Jared Sablan with an RBI single and Rabauliman an RBI double.
The Brewers' last five runs all came in the sixth inning off an early error followed by three hits and a pair of walks. Nokki Saralu busted a two-RBI double that was followed with a two-RBI single for Manny Sablan.
Winning pitcher Cepeda dominated St. Michael's from the hump and dealt a three-hit shutout with a walk, a pair of hit batsman, and eight strikeouts through seven innings.
Manny Sablan swung 4-for-4 for four RBIs and a hit-by-pitch. Rabauliman and Jared Sablan both batted 3-for-4 for two RBIs and two runs.
Fielders 28, D-9ers 5
The Fielders buried the D-9ers out of the gate and tallied nine runs in the very first inning off five hits and four errors.
Juan Maratita bagged an RBI single, Jordan Pangelinan a two-RBI double, leadoff man John Reyes picked up a two-RBI triple on his second at bat, and Shane Mendiola grounded home a run, while the other runs made it in off errors. The D-9ers went 1-2-3 in the bottom portion.
IT&E then added four more runs in the second inning off three hits and some more errors. Zack Flores picked up an RBI triple and Marvin Ngeskebei an RBI single, while the other runs scored off an error and a wild pitch.
The D-9ers kept IT&E at second and third base in the third inning and held them to just one run in the top of the fourth, but only managed to put up three runs in the bottom side.
IT&E trudged forward, 19-4, after the fifth inning as more errors continued to haunt the D-9ers and things just went from bad to worse as the Fielders went on to add nine more in what turned out to be the last two innings.
John Reyes batted 5-for-5 for four RBIs, four runs, a pair of bases on balls and a stolen base. All 12 IT&E players crossed the plate at least once.
Notably, a couple of interesting antics took place during the game, which included D-9ers manager Bob Lizama being ejected in the top of the second inning, likely due to frustration after his team's rocky start. Then later in the sixth inning, D-9ers' coach Roman Reyes submitted a protest against IT&E for a uniform violation. The decision on the protest is still pending.